Feb 13-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: February: Feb 13-04
Busy Sno-Go time of year    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Loret Roberts

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 08:02 am:

Happy Friday the 13th!

Up north here in the Keweenaw, we'd have a hard time keeping up with the snow if we didn't have snowblowers or sno-gos as some folks call them. Our county, city and village crews do a wonderful job of keeping the roads nice and wide with these machines. This one was spotted by Loret Roberts, in Houghton, with a nice view of Hancock across the canal. David Roberts, one of our Guest Gallery members, has this photo, taken by his daughter-in-law, stored in his album. Reminds me of a different sno-go back in the archives....

Yooper in Indiana on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 08:08 am:

time to cut the snow banks back to make room for more of the white stuff!
at times i wish we had the equipment in Indiana that they have in the Keweenaw. Only 6 days till I return for our annual snowmobile trek.

By John / New Hampshire on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 08:08 am:

Hey,isn't the sno-go driver supposed to be putting that white stuff into that dumper truck?

By Mike B., Pittsburgh, Wishin I was back in the Yoop on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 08:15 am:

Do I wish I was back UP there.

By Deb - Michigan on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 08:19 am:

John, they only blow the white stuff into dump trucks in towns. In the country they blow the snow into huge snowbanks that the kids love to slide on!!!!

By Peter , Australia on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 08:36 am:

What superb photos from past 2 days showing a very warm Aussie the enormous snowfall you receive there. I almost feel like I am there.Contrast that to our expected 110F + temp later today and huge bushfire threat.( it is 12.36am Sat here ) Happy Friday the 13th.

By ric,utica,mi on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 09:15 am:

looks like might be hancock, been a while since i've been back home(da bay)sure miss childhood play in the snobanks,we're celebrating our ice carving carnival in little old utica this weekend.i'll puts some shots together for guest photos. keep up the good work. p.s. gonna enjoy some of gandma kinnunen's pasties for supper tonight.

By Dave, Loryum on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 09:32 am:

Good Morning!! Yah, eh....dey yust came by da ouse in Loryum. Got dat big yellow snow blower to give us a bit more room to drive down da road.... and someplace to put more of da white stuff. Heikki Luntta....we got you on the run now!!

By Rick, Indiana on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 09:43 am:

What a great pic! People who have not seen this in action just do not understand. Kudos to the road crews!

By Beena, MI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 09:47 am:

That was always a childhood nightmare of mine... to build a snow fort and have one of those come at me, stuck inside! -or is that just me?

By Victor P., Houston Tx on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 10:01 am:

Supposed to be (a posibility of?)a dusting of snow in the Texas Hill Country tonight and maybe tomorrow. Just plane wet and miserable in Houston. Miss the real snow.

By ert, GA on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 10:03 am:

Used yesterday's and today's pictures as my desktop for the day. Lovely to look at; memories of 'hearing the plow in the wee hours; glad I don't have to deal w/ it now.

By DJB-MI. on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 10:04 am:


By Sue, Houghton Lake, MI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 10:20 am:

kudos! to the road crew! They did a super job
getting Frat Row cleared during Wiinter
Carnival for safe driving and viewing of the
snow sculptures! These machines are
something to watch in action! Wish I had one
for my driveway every now and then! LOL

By ts on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 10:25 am:

They would need 1000s of trucks to haul all that snow--lol

By Jean, West Texas on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 10:44 am:

We have about 23 degrees and snow flurries here in West Texas....sorry 'bout that rain in Houston! Love the snow banks, they bring back alot of memories.

By Lorelei, MI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 10:50 am:

Beena~I share your feelings. These things scared the #$%& out of me as a kid. I used to just pray they didn't come by while walking to the bus stop in the dark, cold Copper Country mornings.

By Roudy Mi on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 10:51 am:

As a point of interest, when you run into a '59 Chev rear quarter, passenger side, where the car isn't visable,because the snow is to deep with one of those Sno Go's, it gouges the sheet metal pretty good then the chain that runs the augers breaks and you have a big repair job ahead. However metal garbage cans are no problem. Chews them up and spits them out like tobacco.

By yup mi on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 11:37 am:

hey that sno-go needs to come by are street eh

By Jack, Oregon on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 11:41 am:

This brings to mind a certain small white rental car that was left in a ski area parking lot ... Bad idea !

By tom tc mich on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 11:52 am:

You shoulda seen the runway lights after I fell asleep in one of those things in 1964

By yooperwannabe/IN on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 11:57 am:

I wanna be there!

By Kevin K. Lodi, CA. on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 12:00 pm:

Good Morning,
39 here in Lodi this morning and rain this afternoon. We have had some really heavy frost in the mornings with temps in the low 30's but warming up to the mid 60's by afternoon.
I do miss the snow at times, but you don't have to shovel frost.

By Pete WI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 12:37 pm:

Mary the term SNO GO comes from the first manufacturer of these machines (Klaur Manufacturing) of Dubuque, Ia. SNO GO was their brand name. That neat machine that Lake Linden had and maybe still does that mounts on the arms of a loader was given to the village by Klaurs as a test project. They were to keep records on performance for a couple of years and then the machine was theirs. I used to love to see these machines work out in open country. The huge plume of white snow against a blue sky was really something. How about a pic of that.

By Pete WI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 12:38 pm:

By the way Jean of west Texas, we have the highest snow depth in the county. 20 inches. Finally some skiing.

By Deb on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 12:43 pm:

Pete WI: See the headline picture for today's local newspaper: http://www.mininggazette.com/loclnews.html
I'd like to watch THAT one blow snow.

By JH MI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 12:46 pm:

to Pete,WI
look at the on'line gazette for today, they have the picture you want to see.

By Vanessa, Calumet, MI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 02:14 pm:

why yes, the sno-go. A machine that comes and eats the snow around 4:30am. Wakes everyone in the neighborhood up...shakes the whole house. But in the end, the road are plowed, which we apperciate. But do you think they could keep it down in the EARLY morning hours??

By moi on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 02:25 pm:

I'm sure they have to start early to get the job completed for the day. We used to stand in the driveway as a kid, and let all that heavy stuff from the Sno-go chute fall on us as it went by! Good thing we get smarter (or more chicken!) with age.

By snowcrazy, chassell on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 03:09 pm:

Copper Country version of the big red valentine.

By Like to sleep on weekends on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 03:27 pm:

Last Saturday the Sno-go came by the house at 5:30 am! I sure don't understand why they have to do it at that time of day.

By woody on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 03:33 pm:

i used to wonder where all my hockey sticks and tobbogans went when i could not find them,after playing boot hockey and whatnot, then, sure as the spring thaw would come, i would find there fragmented splinters in the field across the road or, in the front yard.

By Operator, il on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 04:07 pm:

Lets see going four miles per hour, along most streets I dont think they can do too much during
what most people think are normal times. these plow drivers should be reguarded as heros of the copper country because nothing in their lives has been normal for all this winter, they pit there will against the forces of nature and always win.
Thank you Plow people

By Wade, MI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 04:10 pm:

Where is that picture taken. It looks like it was in Hancock.
Deb, this picture is in town and there blowing it into the yard of someone's house.
would i hate to wakeup and see the snow-go blowing snow into my driveway.
Forecast: Saturday:snow, Sunday:snow, Monday:snow. dont you just love the U.P.!

By MAd Sno-Go driver, MI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 04:12 pm:

Woody, maybe if you didnt put sticks and sleds in snow bank we woulndt run them over.
By the way, i like the movie clip on the top.

By Kevin K. Lodi, CA. on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 04:13 pm:

What a beautiful picture of the lift bridge, with that blue sky in the background on the bridge cam.

By Mad Sno-Go driver,MI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 04:15 pm:

woody, maybe if you didnt put sticks and sleds in the snow bank we woulndt run them over.

By Jake from Sunny Florida on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 04:17 pm:

deb, this picture looks like it is in town,Maybe Hancockm and they are blowing the snow into yard, why?

By Richard,WI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 04:27 pm:

jake, i have never heard of Hancockm. where is it?

By Jake from Sunny Florida on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 04:28 pm:

Richard, i meant to put Hancock as in Hancock,MI. Sorry about the confusion.

By Richard,WI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 04:29 pm:

Jake, its OK. just a little strange i guess.

By Ms. Katie on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 05:10 pm:

Jake from Florida...I used to get a newsletter where the editor said he may have left in an error or two. It was for those who enjoy making corrections of others' "boo-boos" :) lol

By Dick Barclay, MI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 05:20 pm:

I used to work with a man on the Ranger III that had worked for the county (William John Henry Holman) and he said frozen road killed deer and large dogs were dreaded by the drivers as their carcasses (buried in the snow) would jam the augers on the Sno-Go necessitating the use of bars to pry what was left out and blue words to melt the snow and ice also. I also remember them cleaning up the road behind Centennial Heights where we lived and putting the chute aside to blow the snow up and over the power lines into the fields. It had to blow a good 200 yards. I could probably dig out a picture (poor quality on a cheap camera that we could afford then) and post it with the rest of my photos.

By Yea for the drivers! on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 06:43 pm:

I agree with the opinion above that those Sno Go drivers have to get up darn early and put up with an awful lot to keep the roads clear, so I hafta say it, if they wake you up early, for crying out loud, go back to sleep! that's more than those operators can do. I don't suppose it's all that comfortable in those cabs either....not like it is in under your warm covers!

By Vanessa, Calumet, Mi on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 06:44 pm:

Like to sleep on weekends,

I forgot about the weekends!!! Yes I know... they come so early. A couple weeks ago I looked at the clock and was like 3am!!! But it wasn't the sno-go, instead something worse than that, a BIG plow. I find them way worse than sno-go's. Know sno-go's blow the snow into dump trucks, and the snow-go honks its horn when the snow is full. Their horn is so loud!! Air-horn. :(
I miss summer :'( *cries*

By Yea for the drivers! on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 06:47 pm:

Oh, and it would be nice if you whispered "thank you and safe journey" to them as you drifted back to sleep.

By Beena, MI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 08:03 pm:

What i find funny is all the fuel, ware-tare of cars and plows, sore backs, broken worn down shovels, moving one pile from here to there...(i could go on and on)... and by summer it will be all gone!
--All that work! :)

By Annie, a Yooper gal living in WI on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 08:04 pm:

Hey Richard from WI - Thanks for the laugh!!!!! I just love that kind of humor... I'm gonna read it again!! lol (Do you suppose it's 'cuz it's Friday night???)

By Ken from da UP on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 10:54 pm:

As a kid in Paavola I remember the blue flame coming from the blower engine exhaust pipe in the middle of the night as they opened up the road so the coal truck could get to the house. I forgot a wooden sled in the driveway one night and when we were walking out to the school bus in the morning there it was, all in little pieces on top of the bank. :>( I was heartbroke! Saw the Gazette article on TV6. That thing can move some SNOW! Voi kauhea! or Holy Wah!

By Nancy, South Range on Saturday, February 14, 2004 - 01:33 pm:

I too can remember that blue flame atop the sno-go on the North Superior Road, Houghton Canal. Takes me back at least 60 years!! Ernie Schmidt used to drive that one.

By Rose - Channahon, IL on Sunday, February 15, 2004 - 12:10 am:

Great picture of the Snow Go in action! The only place I have seen a big Snow blower before was up in the mountains of the other "God's Country" -

By Mark Pearce MN on Sunday, February 15, 2004 - 03:04 pm:

I love your site! It is great to be able to look at the pic's you post. My late brother Lee Pearce lived in Hubbell, MI for many years and I can remember calling him to see what he was doing and it seems like every time his answear was "I'm out snowblowing" ha ha ha. Thanks again! Mark Pearce in MN

By Jo Ann, Hancock on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 - 06:54 am:

Just got woke up by the snow removal crew here in Hancock. What a site to watch them work. I live on a little side street about one block long with 8 very closely set houses on each side of it. I missed them working the north side but when they got in front of my house I had to get out of bed to watch them work. One huge sno-go, five or six big dump trucks, a grader, and a front end loader. Nine guys in all. Took them 50 minutes to do my side of the street only...and what a job they did...more than a few times I thought to myself they are not going to leave that huge snowbank in front of my driveway are they? Well they moved the bank three times, twice with the sno-go then the grader came and filled it up again and then the front end loader came and finished it off...now no snow in my driveway, the mat on the road is gone and the street looks like a runway...Great job guys, thank you for all your hard work. All is quiet on my little street again and I will go back to bed for a few more moments of sleep.
Oh by the way this picture on this page is a sno-go in Houghton as they have red sno-gos and Hancock has yellow ones.

By Lake Superior Babe, IA on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 - 05:02 pm:

As I recall, there was a Henry(aka Hank) Holman who drove the snow plow through the streets (yes, I know) of Jacobsville long time ago, he was the best. Told my dad he was scared of the big thing and so went like mad over the gravel roads. Best plow driver.

By Hausy -Northern Wisconsin now, Missing the UP on Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - 03:40 pm:

The snowblower is on West Edwards street
in Houghton. I use to deliver the gazette to
those houses when I was a kid.

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