May 08-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: May: May 08-05
Memories of Marquette Harbor    ...scroll down to share comments
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Charlie and Edie Hopper, on the road on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 07:47 am:

This morning Edie and I are waking up in the Landmark Inn, the tall brick building in the middle of the SKYPIXS shot, right across from the Peter White Library in Marquette:

It's our Mother's Day gift to the webmaster's wife, who has had a lot to do in bringing you the Pasty Cam all these years, sharing the same passion for bringing you a glimpse of life from the U.P.

Last night we attended the Inaugural Dinner of the U.P.'s "Onagomingkway Chapter" of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Leaders from the state were present to give official sanction to this enthusiatic group of ladies, who trace their ancestry to Revolutionary War patriots. The name (ona-go-ming-kway) means "Women by the Lake" in the native Ojibwa or Chippewa language.
Women by the Lake
Edie and I have lots of memories of Superior here in Marquette. I almost drowned one day off shore, when we lived here in the mid-70's. In Kevin Musser's 1947 photo above, our office was just to the left of the view across the harbor. How vividly I remember driving to work on cold mornings, seeing the steam rise into a low cloud over the bay.

The Landmark Inn has been a very interesting place to spend the night. Many of the rooms are named after guests who have stayed here. The "Amelia Erhart" room is right down the hall, and we stayed in the "Dick Estell - Radio Reader" room. Surrounded by a wealth of history, yet with a nice high-speed Internet connection right here on the desk.

Well, we have to get on down the road, headed downstate for a Mother's Day visit. Looks like a lovely day to cross the U.P.

Have a good week :o)
By gw on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 07:53 am:

Marquette, in the heart of the Upper Pennisula.
It serves many purposes from ore boats, to Medical needs, shopping, vacations. Graet city!

By gw-houghton on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 07:54 am:

Whoops! GREAT city that is.

By Bruce - Cordova, TN on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 08:26 am:

Marquette---YES IN DEED A GREAT CITY--If not for Marquette, I would not have my Wife, Best-Friend, and Mother of our Children for the past 34 wonderful years, and soon to be 35, on June 13th.

Happy Mothers Day Joni Marie, With Love

By ts on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 08:30 am:

MY best friend and neibor Neil Walgren,fom calumet did drown in the Marquette harbor in 1957 while sailing on the great lakes----he was 21 married and had a baby girl--had a chance about 8 yrs ago to buy 40 feet dock space for 6,000 on the dock,about where the 1947 pic was taken from--another mistake

By jAPEi on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 08:37 am:

ROSYs Mother`s day congratulations all mothers -
so in larges than in smalls mothers.. .

Whitout wouldn't have us either dads!!!

By j A P E i on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 08:40 am:

THIS should be in this way:::

Whitout Mothers wouldn't have us either dads!!!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 08:49 am:

1947--the year I was born; seems both have "bloomed" since then. And thank you for the Mother's Day greeting; will celebrate with my one and only child, a true Michigander (1970) at The Big Texan.

By John and Anne in Kentucky on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 09:25 am:

When was last time time the ore dock was in operation?

By kosk in Toronto on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 09:40 am:

How nice--a picture of the city where I was
born. Less than two weeks til I see the
harbor. Yeah!

By Bruce - Cordova, TN on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 09:40 am:

If I can recall correctly, this was the coal dock, and out of service for many years. I once worked at the Marquette Mirror and this dock was directly behind the office and was not operating in 1970.The iron ore dock is still in operation and ships are constantly maneuvering in the harbor at Presque Isle. I am a Negaunee native and we had to come to the "CITY" back then to enjoy the harbor. Who knows maybe a native Marquette person can update and we will learn together...

By Bill Daniels on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 10:17 am:

Bruce, you are wrong on this. The coal dock was on what now is the open land "above" the concrete dock in the center of the picture. The concrete dock was the old DSS&A (later Soo Line) ore dock. The other dock at Presque Isle is the LS&I ore dock. When I was up in Marquette back in 1967-68 it was very much in operation, but even back then the crews were saying it's days were limited. The mines that were served by the DSS&A/Soo Line were becoming played out, and weren't worth converting to taconite.

By Bruc e -- Cordova, TN on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 10:28 am:


Oh Well................I have been away for years
and Marquette was a big city for a guy from up the road...and at that time--who cared about the docks other than they were there----Plus a good spot to go "Parking" as a young man.. Thanks

By Cindy-Calumet on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 10:57 am:

Happy Mothers Day to my daughter Jessica Lammi. I miss you so much, I just wish we could be friends again like we were. Maybe some day you will realize how special you are to me. w ill realize how much I love and miss you.

By Sherri, Da UP on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 11:24 am:

Happy Mother's Day to all!! Have a great day.

By Chevysac, Displaced Native on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 11:30 am:

What's funny is that the Dock in the Lower Harbor (seen here) is the newer of the two ore docks in Marquette. What was it's strength in building, a foundation on bed rock, was it's fault in the end. The bigger boats required deeper water and there was no cost effective way to remove bed rock on the lake bottom to make for a deeper draft. Many different schemes have been discussed on what to do with the landmark but the environmental issues in any of those dreams have made them just that, dreams. Too bad as it would be nice to find a good way to keep up while still findng a way to make it much more of an asset than a liability. I miss my hometown and the mom that left this world from there more than 14 mother's days ago.

By Liz, Idaho on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 12:21 pm:

I visited the local DAR chapter a few weeks back to see if I wanted to add another organization to my already full agenda. When I realized they are also preserving the history in this area and getting the corrections made, I knew I couldn't be a member here. I have always had the "need" to be involved with historical data. Now, if I am able to return to the Keweenaw, I can belong to a local DAR through my father's family roots. Or,
get up to my eyeballs in Houghton County historical research.
Happy Mom's Day to my favorite Ole Broad in Calumet!

By R Somero CA on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 12:30 pm:

Hello from Malmedy, Belgium. We are here to visit some WW2 sites. Dad waited sixty years and we finally got it together. Just paid 1.20 euros for a LITER of gas-ouch!

By ed/mi on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 12:38 pm:

The first picture shows where new homes and condos are now being constructed @ MATTSON PARK.The reason for shutdown of the ore dock in the lower harbor is as Chevysac described above by what I hear from experts in Marquette.

By Bill Eastmanville, MI on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 03:20 pm:

I stayed for the first time at the Landmark about three weeks ago.

What a beautiful hotel. Sure beat the shoebox places I normallt stay.

Also Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there!!!

By H. Donn de Yampert, PT, DPT. on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 08:54 pm:

Another nice view point from Donn de Yampert at

By H. Donn de Yampert, PT, DPT. on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 08:58 pm:

Another nice view point from Donn de Yampert at

By houghton on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 09:01 pm:

Another nice view point by Donn de Yampert at

By houghton on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 09:07 pm:

Another view point by Donn de Yampert at

By Phyllis, Wisconsin on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 09:49 pm:

Is it there a live camera pointed out that direction in Marquette. I use to have in my favorites and forgot to remove in from my old computer. Does any one know of this live sight. In fact you could see constrution start on those condo's that someone was talking about.

By ed/mi on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 10:33 pm:

Here is the lower harbor camera

Here are some other Yooper cams

By MSHS 83 on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 11:49 pm:

The Keweenaw is nice but Marquette is home. I miss that community and spent a lot of time in the area this photo was taken. 1st United Methodist Church is where I was confirmed and attended services regularly with my family. Peter White Public Library, pre-expansion, is where I learned to love reading as a boy. The Delft Theatre had a huge screen and Saturday matinees for 75 cents. Another quarter bought a big box of popcorn to share with friends. I could get anywhere in town on my bike or by foot and feel safe. Someday I hope to move back.

By Mary Lou on Monday, May 9, 2005 - 08:30 am:

Noone mentioned Northern Michigan University.....Most teachers in the UP are alumni of NMU and spent at least a couple of years living in Marquette...Gary and I were there 56-58 after Gary left Soumi (Finlandia)...and before heading off to Ann Arbor and UM. We loved Marquette and met many life-long friends. It was a good city to live in on a tight "GI Bill budget".....loved the island....and what a treat when mom & dad would visit and treat us to a real elegent dinner at the old-Northland Hotel, now it is the Landmark. Go Wildcats!!!

By Barbara {southern IN} on Monday, May 9, 2005 - 10:18 pm:

1. Welcome to the new DAR Chapter from a sister in southern IN, a member of the Piankeshaw Chapter, named for an Indian tribe living in this area 200 years ago.

2. Lovely pictures of our favorite place, our first home when Tom and I got married in 1962 and he was stationed at KI Sawyer. It is still a favorite trip with grandkids, to show them the big lake or as the youngest grandson calls it GRAMMAWS LAKE. I guess I must refer to it like that a lot and it stuck with him.

3. A website looking out into the
lower harbor

By anonymous north carolina on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 11:03 am:

we used to do our dep programs down there at the lower harbor park. it's what we did before we shipped out to bootcamp for the marine corps.

By Donna, IL on Saturday, June 25, 2005 - 12:10 am:

Fall 1971, my folks came to visit me at NMU and stayed at the Landmark, although that wasn't the name at the time. We ate dinner at the Crow's Nest. It was my dad's first time over the bridge. Thank goodness I came to NMU. We all fell in love with the UP, and our hearts are still here. Have considered having my ashes scattered at Presque Isle. Can't think of anything closer to heaven.

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