July 10-05

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Photos from Clyde Elmblad

Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 08:33 am:

For this week's Shoebox Memory we time-travel back to the early 20th century, courtesy of Clyde Elmblad's Copper Country Album. Here in 2005 it's a summer of invaders and super-heroes. Our diving daredevil in today's shot is definitely one of the latter, carefully going where not many have gone before. Was it routine maintenance? or did the crew boss drop his wallet, and Eino drew the short straw, the lucky winner to fish it out. Seriously, I would like to know the real story behind the mask. Perhaps it was during the bridge disaster, which Clyde chronicles in his excellent collection.

If you run across any old photos of the U.P., and upload them to a Guest Gallery Album, just pop me an email and your discovery may just be the next Pasty Cam Shoebox Memory.

Have a good week :0)

By Mike Diljak on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 09:07 am:

Finally, I am first! I used to live about a mile from this bridge and hope to be there again in acouple of weeks.

By lmr in hancock on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 09:12 am:

It sure is a wonder when you think of all the people that have lived in this area....really enjoy these old pictures.

Have read so many books about the area and one in particular is "Boom Copper" and "Cradle to Grave". These are about the mining days and gives such good insight into this region of the country. Many times I wonder where all those people moved to and their offspring. Our family has lived here for four generations. My husband's family lived here and then moved back to Finland to only have a daughter move back again with her family.

By LL FLA YOOPER on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 09:57 am:


By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 10:00 am:

Mornin', is the bridge in the down position or is this different from what I'm used to looking at?

By Missin the UP from NJ on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 10:06 am:

GREAT pictures! I'm SO happy that there were so many people with cameras in our past who snapped just the right pictures for us to enjoy. The Sunday Shoebox Memories is a delight!

(Maybe someone from some of the other UP counties will submit a really interesting historical Memory for us to enjoy.)

By ed/mi on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 11:06 am:

Here is a great site on Baraga County by Clyde Emblad.. http://www.albertavillagemuseum.com/links.html

By ed/mi on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 11:08 am:

Another great one by SUPERVIEW VIEW PHOTOGRAPHY in Marquette is... http://www.viewsofthepast.com/

By Mr. Bill on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 11:59 am:

What a fantastic shot.

Notice the (lead) weighted "dog tags" around his neck.

By Ray & Chris, GR Michigan on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 12:12 pm:

lmr in Hancock: Those are two of our favorite books about the history of the people and times of the copper era. Two others are "Old Reliable" and "Red Metal". The first tells the story of Quincy while "Red Metal" is about C & H.

Margaret in Amarillo: This is a picture of the old swing bridge, not the current lift bridge. The difference does make it appear that the bridge is in the down position.

By c. pelto on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 12:17 pm:

Gotta love those old pics, thanks. Feels so great to be back in the UP for awhile! YAAAA.

By Yooper in eastern PA on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 12:32 pm:

Love the pictures of the old bridge. One of the pictures noted the bridge disaster of 1905. What made the bridge collapse like that? Love the Sunday pics! This is a great place to keep up on current events and the past about the UP!

By Walt in Ohio, still a YOOPER on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 01:42 pm:

Unlike Clyde I was not tethered to the surface by rope or air line, but like him I was under the bridge. (albeit the new bridge) I got to go there with my brother and three others with our SCUBA gear on the evening of July 1, 2005. I wonder how much of the "stuff" we saw on the bottom has collected since Clyde went down.

By ed/mi on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 02:03 pm:

on August 15, 1905, disaster struck, when the steamer Northern Wave (Mutual Transit Lines), en route to the Quincy Smelter to pick up copper ingots, smashed into the center section, destroying much of it. The mishap was apparently caused by a mixup in signals. The bridge would be replaced one year later, again with an iron bridge, and center swing section, and a control house above the roadway, over the center turnstile.

By julie b., MI on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 03:45 pm:

Thanks Ed!

Appreciate knowing the whole story! Bet not having the bridge caused a lot of turmoil!

By Carmen, Houghton Michigan on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 08:15 pm:

Walt in Ohio,
Have always wondered what kind of stuff is at the bottom of the canal, maybe you can give us some ideas of the stuff you saw.

By Shirley Laurin, Farmington Hills on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 10:41 pm:

Had to catch up on the posts since we were on our annual Michigan vacation for nine days. Started in Petoskey for two days and then on to St. Ignace for one night and went to Mackinac Island for our annual trek there. Continued on to Houghton for three nights and took in the Gay parade on July 4th - it was so much fun!! Then went on to Isle Royale. It was a wonderful trip that I would recommend to those who love the wilderness and unspoiled country...even saw a cow moose which was thrilling. To Mel in MI who questioned on July 7th what peninsula Mackinac Island belongs to - it's the UP. We're fortunate that in August we'll get to go to the Grand Hotel as my husband has a conference there.
Can't wait.

By JDB Michigan on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 10:43 pm:

Today was one of the hottest days in Laurium. 93

By Ken ja Mimi from da UP on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 01:00 am:

Nice old pix of the bridge, etc. Ed,I too was on the bridge the day the WILFRED SYKES went through with my mother, brother and sister. Man, that was an exciting day for a 9 year old! It seemed there was only 3 or 4 ft of clearance on either side of the ship. Look at all those cross-arms on the power poles.

By Helen In Hubbell on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 04:23 pm:

Mr Elmbald,

I love your pictures in your albums........Since I am a transplanted Troll (10 yrs ) I can't get enough of old pictures of the area .....There is so much history in the U.P. . It is to bad we didn't learn about all of this when we were in school in Detroit.

Thank you for sharing....

By R. Lang, Illinois on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 08:43 am:

What caused the bridge to fold over... I searched pictures and comments and know mention?

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