Apr 22-12

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2012: April: Apr 22-12
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Photos from MIIM via Art Brabbs

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 07:59 am:

You may recall back in 2009 we had a pleasant Shoebox Memory visit to Fort Wilkins, during that "in-between" time... after the military abandoned it in 1870, and before it became a State Park in 1923. The photos on that occasion featured only men, and I asked the rhetorical question, "Where are all the ladies?"

I remember at the time my intention was to follow up the next week with the rest of the scans Art Brabbs had discovered through the Michigan Iron Industry Museum. Whoops... That was almost three years ago. Because I didn't write it down - we're finally getting around to it today. I've found over the years, unless a good intention actually gets written on my schedule, it most likely will not happen.

What triggered my memory this weekend is a little project I'm working on. In one of the cabins as you enter Fort Wilkins, there is a slide show that has run (no doubt) a zillion times, showing Copper Country history and how the Fort was established. Maybe you've seen it? I'm working on an upgraded version of this narrative, which hopefully you'll be able to see this summer when you visit Fort Wilkins.

Thanks for your patience in waiting for this second-half of a Shoebox Memory that appeared in 2009. Thanks to Art for the effort to upload the scans of these old photos, and to the historians who archived them. And if we knew the early photographer(s) who took these lovely shots about a hundred years ago, we would also express a well-deserved THANKS.

Have a good week :o)
Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 08:10 am:

Let's hope that is Amelia and not Bonnie Parker!


Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 08:56 am:

That's alright, Charlie, life is filled with 'good intentions'.

By James W. Hird (Wvyooper) on Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 09:47 am:

I to was mondering, when I first saw the photo on the main page, what Bonnie Parker had to do with the copper country. Glade to see I was not alone.

By James W. Hird (Wvyooper) on Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 09:52 am:

Guess my post did not go? I said I too was wondering what Bonnie Parker had to do with the copper country. Glad I was not the only one.

By James W. Hird (Wvyooper) on Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 09:55 am:

Good old 404 not found does it again and I get 2 posts instead of one. At least my fingers were working correct on the second one.

By Jim (Jhattica) on Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 09:58 am:

When we were in elementary school, we would go to the fort in the spring for a day out picnic for safety patrol boys. It was in a state of disrepair then even though the state owned it. When did the restoration begin?

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 10:23 am:

I have a picture dated 1934 of my dad age 19, and my parental grandparents taken near Duluth at a campground with their camping gear and boat standing along side of their '32 Chevy. The best part of this picture's history is that at the time of this photo they were waiting for the "all clear" to leave the campground due to Pretty Boy Floyd had been seen camping there as well.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 11:40 am:

I have a lot of older pictures of my grandparents and parents. I so enjoy looking through them. Sundays are a fun day here on pasty!

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 01:48 pm:

I love the old pictures in todays session. We have taken our 2,500 family pictures to a camera store in Wyandotte and had them put on CDs for our children.We may pass on and the pictures will be passed on to the next few generations.

By Bob Williams (Wabbit) on Monday, April 23, 2012 - 11:14 am:

So, In answer to your question, Charlie. It looks like the Ladies were allowed to wait in the car.

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