May 01-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: May: May 01-11
Swing Bridge remembered    ...scroll down to share comments
Painting by Ray Lahikainen
Over Portage Canal    ...scroll down to share comments
Houghton Roundhouse    ...scroll down to share comments
Painting by Ray Lahikainen

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 08:32 am:

One day recently I stopped by the home of the Lift Bridge Cam in Hancock to get it going after a power outage. It was fortunate timing, as Ray Lahikainen also stopped in to deliver today's featured scene to Daryl and Bill Laitila, which now graces their living room wall. It's a remarkable time traveler's view from the same perspective looking out their picture window. The second photo from the late Keven Musser's Three Spans over the Portage give a birdseye view of the bridge back before the current modern structure was built.

We have featured Ray's artistry before, including the Roundhouse back in 2003. During May we hope to bring you more from this gifted Copper Country artist.

Have a good week :o)

By Donna (Donna) on Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 08:41 am:

Wow...what fabulous talent!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 09:24 am:

Thanks 4 sharing this piece of history.

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 10:22 am:

My Dr's office is filled with Ray's paintings. No matter when I go in, people are admiring them. What history his paintings reveal! Thank you!

By Greta Jones (Urbanescapees) on Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 11:24 am:

Ray's paintings are awesome, and sure take us back in time. Thanks for sharing these!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 11:27 am:


By doug 6540 (Cwo) on Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 11:36 am:

Great pics....thanks Charlie. Noticed Sharon Smith's bird feeder is missing. I usually guage the wind in Copper Harbor by how much it's leaning...only the hook remains. Must have been quite a gale !!! LOL

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 12:56 pm:

Another wonderful flashback today to the old swing bridge and roundhouse, both of which I was fortunate enough to see in person so many decades ago.

Many thanks to Ray Lahikainen for preserving these Copper Country icons with his incredible art work.

And likewise to the late (but gone far too soon!) Kevin Musser, an amateur industrial archaeologist, model builder and dedicated Copper Country historian, who passed on at the young age of 47, on September 4, 2007. Thanks too to for preserving Kevin's Copper Range Railroad web site, with 117+ pages and over 1100 priceless historical Copper Country images.

Also gone far too soon, Dan Urbanski, a true outdoorsman, skilled photographic artist, and prolific PastyCam contributor, who passed on at age 50, on August 13, 2004. (More of Dan's photography may also be seen at his web site.)

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