July 09-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: July: July 09-05
Keweenaw Waterway light    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Brita Haapala
From the Archives    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Peggy Riemer

Toivo from Toivola on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 07:47 am:

Folk's here in the Keweenaw like to escape the heat of the city by flocking to the shores of Lake Superior. Brita Haapala framed the Keweenaw Waterway Lighthouse at one of the popular spots for picnicking, out near Jacobsville. The locals call it White City, perhaps because of the light colored, sandy beaches. This lighthouse, also referred to as the Lower Entry Light was built in 1920 and replaced the Jacobsville Light that same year, when it was decommissioned. From what I understand, this has been a preferred spot to gather on warm days for many years. If I have my history correct, on Sundays, the miners and their families, would head to Electric Park in Calumet, ride the street car to Lake Linden or Hancock, then hop aboard a passenger ferry that would transport them out to White City for a Sunday picnic.

The second shot is one of my favorites from the Pasty Cam Archives, by Peg Riemer from about 4 years ago. We must have over 100,000 pictures by now, with the daily shots, guest gallery, and Bridge Cam archives. Thanks for making Pasty Central a daily stop for all of these years.

By Leslie at the Northern Lights Lodge - Cadillac, MI on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 07:51 am:

Woo hoo! Good MORNING!
UP here we come... we'll be on the road on Monday!

By Leslie at the Northern Lights Lodge - Cadillac, MI on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 07:53 am:

Thanks for sharing! I can hear the waves now! We're headed to the UP on Monday!

By me, MI on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 08:23 am:

Good day for a parade! Strawberry - that is! :)

By Bill, Eastmanville, MI on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 08:41 am:

I found this place by accident just last Saturday. Heading there it looked like there had been a large storm recently with all the trees that were down.

By Shawn on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 08:57 am:

I was just watching Michigan Mag. and they were talking about the White City area, and how in the mining days had a ferry that took people to White City for Houghton. They also were talking about the Lighthouse boat tours that leave Houghton.

By Georgie, MO on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 08:57 am:

My husband and I would be in the UP tomorrow if it weren't for this little thing called "WORK". Oh well! Our fall trip plans are coming together and we expect to be in the UP in September. Can't wait!!!! If it weren't for this site, we'd have serious UP withdrawal. Thanks for all the great pictures and stories. We've picked up some great ideas for wonderful areas to visit. Thanks to everyone!

By bob the troll. mi on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 09:19 am:

great picture great composure. we are planing on coming up in sept. cant wait. though i wasnt born in the up but my mother was so every time it feels like coming home.

bob the troll

By gmw on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 10:05 am:

Happy 100th Birthday to Chester Wetton of Dollar Bay & Bootjack today July 9.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 10:51 am:

Happy Birthday Chester, and many more to come. Mornin'

By Shelley , Corunna, MI on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 11:19 am:

Neat pictures. In less than 2 weeks we will be heading your way for a visit with family and friends. My family is sooooo excited!!! I too love looking at all the pictures that are shown here. I appreciate all you full time yoopers sharing the shots with me!

By Glenn, Valrico Florida on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 11:45 am:

Nice shot of my favorite light house.As teenagers we used to climb to the first level and jump in that cold water.My sister launa is turning 40 August 7, the Gervais family from all over will be in Bootjack to say boy your getting old...just kidding.

By Sue, Florida Location on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 12:19 pm:

Nice picture Brita. I wish I could be there right now cooling off! It's such a nice place to swim.

By Fran,Ga on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 12:21 pm:

The last time I was out there to see the light house my sister and I spotted a downed birch tree(very heavy) and we managed to drag it to a table where I proceded to get enough bark to make a wreath. It turned out very pretty.I change the flowers from season to season and every time I come in the front door I think of home.

Today is RCW's dad Chester's(Chet)100th birthday!! He sure had been a witness to many changes in this world. It is mind boggling when you stop and think about it.I am happy that he is able to be at home with Bob and Shirl and still able to spend the summer at his beloved camp at Bootjack.The camp he built still stands.Happy Birthday, Mr Wetton!!:)

By sandstone prioncess on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 12:27 pm:

My toes still hurt looking at this photo of the light. Many a times we would run all the way to the light, ending with bloody feet! Ah those were the carefree days of summering in Jake. Glen: so YOU were those crazy people!! When I think back at those days, how lucky we were and how sad to think you cannot leave your children alone, even on this beach, anymore.
Man, my feet were smooth! And it didn't cost $30 either!
And here is to those Lake Linden grads who didn't sign up for the reunion..##@@!!
(Not swear words, just not nice ones:-)
Hi to the sistahs. Hi to those lucky enough to still live in Jake.

By Dave Hiltunen In the Smoky's TN. on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 12:28 pm:

Happy 100 th. Birthday Uncle Chet! I realy enjoyed your place out in Bootjack as a kid,and it has been 4 years since i seen you with my other Uncle Frenchy your neighbor.
I have been to White City only afew times in my teen years, good to see it on here today.

By Daryl on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 01:12 pm:

You can see the tall ship arriving in Houghton this morning here. It's fun to see it go under the bridge. It's the Denis Sullivan.

By JOHN AND ANNE KENTUCKY on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 01:26 pm:

I know alot of people enjoy this place,but every time we have been ,got to enjoy it all to ourselves.Many great times spent here.

By Rachel of Clarkston, MI on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 01:31 pm:

My grandpa and I go UP NORTH every year. He has a cabin on Lac La Belle. I love it UP there. I'm only 15 years old but I've been coming up there since I was 3. I love the Keweenaw, it's nice to come up there and get away from the city life in southeast Michigan. Matter of fact my grandpa Ken Pelto and my family are going up there on monday. Well can't wait to come Up north and see what's up. Adios.

By EM on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 01:32 pm:

Great slide of the tall ship, Daryl, thanks for sharing.

By jbmCenterLine on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 01:57 pm:

Oh the good times we had at this place. From when we were kids, to our kids, and now our grandkids. Many frozen toes.

By kraig Funkey on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 02:35 pm:

Hello all,

The lighthouse tour and dinner cruise boat is the Keweenaw Star. We have several different cruises that take people to all the Lighthouses of the Keweenaw and beyond. We were just on the tv show michigan magazine. If anyone would like more info or to go on those lighthouse tours just check out www.keweenawexcursions.com

Thanks Kraig
Keweenaw Star

By ed/mi on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 04:01 pm:

I saw the interesting show this morning on Detroit TV

By In Wi on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 04:36 pm:

The Michigan Magazine website http://www.michiganmagazine.com
says you can watch episodes online at 6:30 pm Saturdays..BUT it looks to me like the link is inactive for the details! Has anyone watched it online?

Here is the link to the tv schedule. There is a complete listing for most of Michigan.

By Sue, Calumet on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 04:57 pm:

I wonder where White City is. I've never heard of it, unless they're referring to all the Copper Country towns in winter.

By ShawnR, GR MI on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 05:04 pm:

We were out at this lighthouse last summer, first week of August, and there were teens and adults both climbing up the lighthouse to jump into the water. The steps on the built-in ladder have been removed, but someone put a rope up, so you have to use the rope to get yourself up on the lighthouse. Looked like a lot of work to get up there, but looked like lots of fun. What a beautiful place to spend a sunny summer afternoon!

By Biz near Kalkaska on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 05:29 pm:

For Sue in Calumet:

I just looked in my Michigan atlas & gazeteer. It shows White Lake as being just a stones throw west of Jacobsville. Sizewise, taint much to it.

By Angie, AZ on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 05:47 pm:

I love that lighthouse....i have so many fond memories of that place....thanks for the pic!

By In Wi on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 06:05 pm:

A picture at White City almost a hundred years ago..

By Mark, Lakeland, Florida on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 06:43 pm:

Great Picture. Brings back numerous memories during the summer months......Parties, beach, and jumping off the light house. Finally had the chance to jump off the second level a few summers back, it was an awesome leap. Nothing better than going to White City on a hot summer day. Wish I was there.

By ed/mi on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 07:02 pm:

There are 11 pictures in the archives under White city.. https://www.pasty.com/pcam/albup12

By Jane in Massachusettes on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 09:49 pm:

My grandparents moved to Jackobsville when they were mining sand stone.My family and I lived there till I was 7 and we moved to Lake Linden. That picture was great to see. and those pictures of White City years ago.

By Ann Miller on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 10:43 pm:

I'm from Illinois but have been going to the UP since I was a baby (I'll be 50 in August). My grandmother was a Vertin and my uncle was born in the Gay Bar. (It was his grandparents house at the time.) I have many fond memories of the UP and now my husband and kids enjoy visiting.

By Hal Schmitt, MI on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 11:07 pm:

To: Rachel of Clarkston

I am your grandfather's cousin Harold (Hal) and going to just miss the opportunity to meet you as we are leaving the Pelto family home in Centennial Heights for home in South Lyon tomorrow morning. What a surprise to see your post; its been many years since we've visited at Lac Labelle... maybe next time.

By sur5er on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 08:17 am:

Daryl, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your pics of the ship. As always, you allow a lot of us to visit home, with your wonderful photography. Thanks again :)

By Sherry, Gulfport MS on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 04:04 am:

Happy birthday Grandpa Chet! Would much rather be celebrating with you than preparing for Hurricane Dennis! Love that lighthouse, many visits there over the years. Scott and I always have to make a run there when I come home in the summer!

By CHK-Traprock on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 10:58 am:

I use to ride my bicycle on the pier from side to side to the light and to greet the South American cruise ship every week. It took alot of skill and balance to do so but when you are young, you do not think of the consequences. I have fond memories of Jacobsville and the White City area. I picked strawberries for many of the farms, then on to raspberries, then potatoes. Had to earn money to buy those school clothes!! Oh what fun!!

By P.K., Nashville, TN on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 11:14 am:

You'all make me homesick. I am still in love with Lake Superior. Every time I log on and look at the pics and read the comments, I am not the only one. What a peaceful place in this hurried world. My life slows down when I can make it home. The days seem longer. I live in Tennessee, which is beautiful and has friendly people, but I will always love the U.P.

By craig, brooklyn new york on Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 09:09 am:

wow! nice to see the south entry. i grew up just across the
canal in portage entry. white city was always a fun place to
take the boat to. in fact i have the geographical
coordinates of this very spot tattood on my arms. i'm riding
my motorcycle up to the yoop this august from new york
city. i can't wait to get to this very spot and jump off the
lighthouse like when i was a kid...

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