Dec 15-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: December: Dec 15-05
Jaws of destruction    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Carl Kiilunen
The crusher    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Mary Drew
The old and the new    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Mary Drew

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 10:12 am:

The William Giroux Post 90 American Legion building bit the dust this week in Lake Linden and Carl Kiilunen and yours truly were on hand to record the event. This is a two stage project for the club, the first phase having just recently been completed with the finishing of the new section housing the activities of the organization for the time being, while the second section is attached and completed throughout the upcoming months. It was quite the event in town with the crushing of the old building drawing a small crowd of spectators. In the third photo you can catch a glimpse of the back of the new building that Post 90 is now calling home. Click on this slideshow link from Carl's Guest Gallery album, for a look at the moving of the home that was previously located where the new Legion building is sitting at present, plus a few more shots of the demolition too!

By Paul Oesterle (Paulwebbtroll) on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 10:29 am:


By Ms. Katie (Mskatie) on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 10:34 am:

Good morning. An interesting set of pics. I hope they saved that sign in front. I know how a change of buildings in a small town effects the view to the citizens. Especially those who've lived there a long time. I can think of many changes in my little town in the forty years we've lived there. Some good but some unsettling. Oh well that's progress, eh?

By JOHN AND ANNE KENTUCKY (Username) on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 10:42 am:

I am often feel bad when old places are torn down,but I have to admitt I think I might enjoy the job.What fun it must be tearing into those buildings with that heavy equipment. Must be part of that boyhood sandbox experience.

By Dave Zelisse (Davedatroll) on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 10:43 am:

Holy whah! I know you can't save every old building, and you probably wouldn't want to either! I'm sure that the new home is much better than the old...

Just curious; how much of a process was it getting permission to demolish the building? That is, with the national historic park status in the Copper Country. Here in southeast troll land any time you get permits/hearings involved it turns into an ordeal that costs hundreds if not thousands more...

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 11:24 am:

Mary, where do we go now for a eye-opener after the parade???????? I hope the American Legion has many years to enjoy their new home.

By Pete Wilberding (Peshtigopete) on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 12:27 pm:

Man this brings back great memories of the stage bingo they used to hold there.

By Inwis (Inwis) on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 01:53 pm:

wasn't that once Sam Studer's Copper Keg Bar?

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 02:10 pm:

How much does it cost to demolish a building like that?

By cheryl rozman (Cotton) on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 05:07 pm:

It's sad to see the American Legion in Lake Linden go but it was quite small, old & wasn't handicap accessible for any activities upstairs.Bingo, pancake breakfasts, dinners & banquets were held there. The steps were a bugger though!LOL Us baby boomers had many good times there. It was nice to have the street dances outside of the bar on the 4th of July. I'm sure the new building will be alot bigger, up to code & modern. Guess us older people will always have special memories of the old building. Now it's time for the younger generation to build their memories in the new one.But remember what "The American Legion" stands for. Honor to our military men & women.

By Mary Lou Curtin (Marylou) on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 09:28 pm:

Inwis ......Yes that was my Uncle Sam's "Copper Keg Bar and Pool Room"...I don't remember it but heard of you remember what year...I moved to Lake Linden in 1946 so it was before that......

By Mk Schneider (Upboundeh) on Saturday, December 17, 2005 - 08:11 am:

Nice look at the up eh.

By Nancy (Nsanderson) on Saturday, December 17, 2005 - 09:07 am:

The legion has been there for as long as I remember. Popular place in town on the 4th. I never was in there though. Old buildings will always be missed. Anyone have a post card of it?

By Lisa Walters (Ypsilisa) on Saturday, December 31, 2005 - 02:31 pm:

Marylou, are you related to the Curtin who ran the grocery store?

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