Aug 08-10

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2010: August: Aug 08-10
Michigan School of Mines 1890's    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo from R.C. Wetton
About 1906    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo from Nick Bridges
Main Building on Campus    ...scroll down to share comments
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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 08:37 am:

The past few days the Michigan Tech Alumni Reunion brought quite a few old Huskies to the Peninsula. We ran into a couple of van loads of them touring the Keweenaw, seeing the sights, and stimulating the economy of the local merchants (including a bunch of them at the Hut). It was MTU Alumni association that helped us kick off Pasty Central back in the mid-90's, so we'll always be grateful to these folks.

Before it was known as Michigan Technological University, the Michigan School of Mines operated from 1885 to 1896, when it became Michigan College of Mines. Then in 1927 the formal name of Michigan College of Mining and Technology was established. Finally in 1963 the current name finally stuck.

It is a beautiful weekend to be out and about the Copper Country. And as an added bonus, it appears the Bridge Cam is working once again with regular updates. Wonder if any Tech Alums got caught in the traffic jam when the bridge was stuck in the up position last Thursday and Friday?

Our thanks to Robert Wetton, Nick Bridges, and the late Keven Musser for passing along the old Shoebox Memories today. And as always, we welcome yours.

Have a good week :o)

almost live

Donna (Donna) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 08:51 am:

Wow..these old photos are so interesting...

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 09:36 am:

Photos are a great way 2 preserve history.

By Jack K (Jackinct) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 09:55 am:

A friend of mine was up there when the bridge was stuck. He actually complained of being stuck on the north side! Personally, I would count it as a blessing.

By Richard L. Barclay (Notroll) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 10:10 am:

I had a sweatshirt from back in the day that had 'da Tech" on it and was looking for something similar but it's nowhere to be found. Is it politically incorrect to say "da Tech"? Or am I too fossilized to be wanting something like that? :O no! Anyway the pictures brought that back to the front of my mind (if that makes any sense.) Thanks.

By Doug (Greenhermit) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 10:48 am:

Hey Notroll, you sound like an ol' Toot - which is seems to be another forgotten term, or perhaps a victim of neo-PC-edness. Good luck with the sweatshirt search.

By J T (Jtinchicago) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 11:15 am:


42 years ago I lost all respect for MTU when the decision was made to tear down Hubble Hall. No opportunity was made to include Hubble Hall in the roots of MTU in today's campus nor was the public, alumni or Historic National Landmarks commissions given any say in the MTU decision.

Many, many universities all over the USA maintain all or a few of the original building(s) out of respect and/or to the bring in the alumni and corporate cash. Unfortunately MTU chose to begin the university at 1963 and completely destroyed their mining roots.

On a more current note, the MSU farms in Chatham, Michigan are being considered by MSU as property to sell. It would be tragic for that part of the U.P. to have those farms sold off, the topsoil stripped and bare vacant land left to pollute.


By Donna (Donna) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 11:30 am:

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Thanks from ALL the animals that are rescued, dogs, cats, birds, name it...they are all headline news anymore...Let's all help!

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By jbuck (Jbuck) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 02:51 pm:

Hi Dean ~

Hoping you got to enjoy the family reunion and are healing quickly! Our Lord's blessings.....

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 02:53 pm:

Oh sorry..... meant to post this to What's up

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 03:27 pm:

J T (Jtinchicago):
"42 years ago I lost all respect for MTU when the decision was made to tear down Hubble Hall. No opportunity was made to include Hubble Hall in the roots of MTU in today's campus nor was the public, alumni or Historic National Landmarks commissions given any say in the MTU decision. "

Oboy, you can say that again!

Hubble Hall — "Old Main", and later the home of the Math Department (among others). I can hardly count the many long hours this "Toot" spent in ol' Hubble Hall in my years at "da Tech"! What an absolute shame they had to tear it down!

By Rowdy (Roudymi) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 05:04 pm:

One summer I was on the "Fire extinguisher" crew at "Da Tech". Worked for Dale Lindsey. We recharged every extinguisher on campus. As such, we visited a lot of nooks and cranneys not every one visits. One place was the attic of Hubbell Hall. Naturally snooping was in order while we were there. The thing I remember were Calc tests from 1906 if you can believe. Talk about saving stuff.

By David Soumis (Davesou) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 05:56 pm:

its too bad so many of us are so short-sighted.
there are old buildings being torn down constantly, which should be there for all of us to remember. And this coming from someone that things the old Ripley buildings are an eyesore :)

a bit of cleanup and restoration would be in order for these, maybe. But its strange driving to Lake Linden from Hancock and not seeing all of the old structures. Even in Houghton along the lake stretching to the big slide park. The entire CC is totall different than what it was in the 50s and 60s even.

Even Chassell had a bunch of old buildings along US 41 that were torn down. There are now only one or two even there anymore, well, maybe 3 or 4.

I can remember a few of those old tech buildings. They were classic.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 08:58 pm:

I was surprised several years ago when I got to Hubbell. All those buildings of the C&H where grandpa worked were totally obliterated. Just didn't look like the Hubbell I remembered from the 40's & 50's.

By Roland Burgan (Rburgan) on Monday, August 9, 2010 - 11:41 am:

I took lots of math classes in Hubbell Hall. Only two buildings from earlier days remain, the ROTC Building, formerly, I believe, the Clubhouse, and, the former Ad Building, later called the Annex, to the West of the ROTC Building, which I also spent a lot of time in, and the firing range in the Annex basement, which I think is still being used.

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