Dec 29-13

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2013: December: Dec 29-13
Camping for the Auto Tourist    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by JT Reeder
Help for the Auto Tourist    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by JT Reeder
How it looked this morning... and 80 years ago    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by JT Reeder

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 10:23 pm:

Do any of the old-timers remember the Cloverland Museum just south of Calumet? I've seen the "Cloverland Information" placard before, like the one on the bottom of today's sign...

...and wondered what the tie-in was to the museum? Perhaps maybe an early form of a Tourism Council? And where were the "Free Auto Tourist Camping Grounds"?

Today's photos are from the J.T. Reeder collection, and the only date I can see is 1934. By the looks of the auto being pulled by the horses, it could have been even older.

The third photo is one I threw in at no extra charge, a shot which perfectly matched the conditions we observed here in Eagle River this morning when I first attempted to publish today's Shoebox Memory. A number of technical delays have pushed the update to the evening once again, but the wind is still howling and the snow swirling outside. The home in the photo is labeled, "College Avenue" where I think the JT Reeder family resided for a number of years. He certainly had an eye for the rugged beauty of the Copper Country.

Have a good week :o) (...and we'll see you next year...)
Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 10:36 pm:

Oh wow! I love the house and buggy picture. Will
have to come back and read this tomorrow though as I
was just heading off to bed.

Way to go, Charlie!

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 11:14 pm:

An interesting twist in Charlie's link to the Cloverland Museum:


"The location is at the heart of the famed Copper Country on the Keewenaw Peninsula, mecca of tourists who seek the historic mining centers of 'The Calumet,' and the modem lures of the woods and waters of Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula a crowd that is swelling to record proportions this year."

Of course they surely meant "… the modern lures …", or was this foretelling the age of the Internet, through which we now view the Cloverland Museum? Hmmm …
Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Monday, December 30, 2013 - 08:09 am:

Team of horses to the rescue!

By Richard Wieber (Flarich) on Monday, December 30, 2013 - 08:26 am:

Charlie--About the Cloverland sign. When they were trying to get people to populate the U.P., the powers-that-were called the Upper "Cloverland" and even printed flyers praising the rich soil and wonderful farmability of the area. That is why the tourist park was free. they were trying to expose as many people as possible to the beauty of the U.P.. That was the the reason for "Cloverland Information. If my memory serves me that sign hung just above a small park overlooking Portage Lake just east of the Tech football field (the old one-which was later-the 2nd half of the 40s-used for married housing of returning G.I.s) That park was covered over when the college expanded the football field. The Cloverland Museum was a privately owned and filled with all sorts of old things. One was my wife's uncle's old tiller steered car. Another item was "Big Louie's" work clothes. He was over 8 feet tall. Think the museum owner was Mr. Paulson. BTW, that sign hung very near to the "You are now breathing the cleanest---" sign.

By Allen W. Philley (Allen) on Monday, December 30, 2013 - 08:29 am:

Nice weather.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Monday, December 30, 2013 - 09:43 am:

Those scenes remind me a lot of winters in Wyoming and North Dakota. Harsh living but I was younger then and could handle it.

By philip odum (Phishinfill) on Monday, December 30, 2013 - 10:41 am:

PRICELESS.!!!!!!!!!!!!!HAPPY NEW YEAR..!!!!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 04:27 am:


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