Apr 28-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: April: Apr 28-04
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Photo by Rick Anderson

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 05:18 am:

Somehow Eagle Harbor looks much bigger from the air! Rick Anderson takes us on a flight over the town, showing us many of the side streets that you don't usually see if you're just driving through. This hamlet was founded in 1845 and named after the Eagle Harbor Mining Company, which used the natural harbor formed there for their base of supplies. It was part of Houghton County until 1861, when Keweenaw County was formed. Even though it's just a small little town, there are places to explore like the Lighthouse or if you want to go off the beaten path, Mount Baldy (Lookout) to name just a few! Anyone know who the first settler to Eagle Harbor was and what year he built a log warehouse there?

By troll in eagle harbor on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 05:38 am:

HEY! THERE"S my house...heh!heh!...good morning all.

By Bob Fartas, MI on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 06:00 am:

To me, the most beautiful section of the Keweenah is the area around Eagle River, Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor. From these areas, you get to experience the full brunt of the westerly winds (and waves) off of superior on a regular basis.

By maijaMI on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 06:03 am:

Cruisin and DH: Yes, I was referring to the quarry at the Slate River. I posted an answer at the end of yesterday's comments. Very awesome place where Ford left huge piles of slate. Need a four wheel drive with good road clearance to get in there, and you have to know where it is.

By Donna on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 06:20 am:

What a cool picture!! Also..they've got a cool cemetery tucked back in that town..if you like walking around them...

By John S, Howell, MI on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 07:21 am:

If I had to pick the most beautiful town in the world, I'd have to pick Eagle Harbor.
We always used to stop at the ice cream shop, along the main drag, while passing thru.
Maybe 10-12 years ago, I helped paint the house that is across the intersection from the motel.
Thanks for the great photo.

By Phyllis M, IL on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 07:28 am:

Good morning to all! The first settler to Eagle Harbor was Edward Taylor and a company of men that built a log tavern in 1844 where the present Lake Breeze Hotel now stands that burned down. This information comes from Clarence J. Monette and his book of The History of Eagle Harbor MI. My husband and I vacation every summer in Eagle Harbor and one of the first local purchases was this book. Hope everyone has a great day!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 07:32 am:

No flies, no snow--picture perfect!

By crusin'thebackroads on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 08:08 am:

thanks maijaMI. i can't believe i haven't checked out the quarry yet. i'll have to find out how to get their first however!

By crusin'thebackroads on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 08:09 am:

oops, i meant "there." i need a cup of coffee so i can think straight!

By Jack in CT on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 08:22 am:

A beautiful shot of a beautiful town.

By Jerry Fl. on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 08:29 am:

Nice picture I can see my sister's house Susan Harri .I remember swimming there when I was a Kid, there was a slide there which would dump you into the water.

By Laura Michigan on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 08:43 am:

What a great picture....but I wonder can anyone tell me what exactly is being discharged in that brownish color stream?

By Nicole, DE on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 08:53 am:

here shannon...you can read my message. love the picture!

By Allouez Andre on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 08:57 am:

Eagle Harbor is crudely shaped like an eagle. Maybe Rick Anderson has a pic of the entire harbor.

By Bill in Alabama on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 08:59 am:

Will be there for the weekend on the 30th April. Goal is to be there 150 days this year.

By SDin SB on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 09:00 am:

What you see in the stream is just sediment (soil) that naturally enters at the mouth of any stream over the years.That's how Delta's are formed.

By Doug the Troll, Wixom, MI on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 09:08 am:

Following the link that Mary created, I clicked into the Historical Society website there. Poke around in it for awhile. Lots of good info!

By An Adult Kid of Bill's... on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 09:10 am:

I see our family home. Bill, who's goal is to be there for 150 days this coming year sure will be getting a lot of family visits!

By Dave, Laurium on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 09:14 am:

I wonder if they are catching any smelt in the harbor yet??

By Pete Wi on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 09:33 am:

One site I'll never forget was coming down the hill into Eagle Harbor the morning of the day the Fitzgerald sank. It looked like a bathtub with someone stirring it with a canoe paddle.

By Pete Wi on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 09:40 am:

Is Clarence J. Monette still around? He was Scoutmaster in Lake Linden for many years. My son got his eagle under his supervision.

By finnferrfunn on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 09:58 am:

Good morning, looks like a glorious day in the CC. Here's a little something to start your day with a smile...
-One day it's warm, the rest of the year it's cold.
-People who have say "I have half a mind to go to the U.P." have all the right equipment.
-Nearly 30% of residents in Houghton County in the U.P. are graduates of the sixth grade.
-If you fly a straight line from Sault Ste. Marie to Ironwood, you'll see a lot of trees.
-Dollar Bay in the U.P. was named after the annual salary in the area.
-The U.P. is the supplier of mosquitos to the free world.
-There are two seasons in the U.P. -- Swat and Shovel.
-Yooper's wear boots because they are in style - not because there is snow on the ground.
-The UP was never considered a site for the state capital; but it does have a town named Ralph.

And remember... "Say Ya to da U.P., 'eh?"

By Jeff K on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 10:04 am:

Here is my view of the Eagle Harbor Light a few summers back....



By Roudy Mi on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 10:06 am:

One minor correction. Calumet was considered for the capital of Michigan,and missed by only one vote.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 10:29 am:

Recently Edie and I sat just about where those two cars are...

...and Jonathan was up on the top of Brockway Mountain, which is exactly 9 miles to the right (east) of this spot. As Edie held the antenna, I tuned in our laptop to the wireless broadband signal from Jonathan's computer. Streaming audio over this 'private Internet' signal was an exciting step in bringing high-speed service to our Pasty.NET members in the Harbor in a couple of months. I dialed up Jonathan's cell phone and said, "Mr. Watson, come here. I need you!" In addition to Eagle Harbor: Copper Harbor, the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, Lac LaBelle, and Gay are all in the pipeline to receive the new service this summer. We'll also be trying to hit Agate Harbor with broadband, although this will be even more of a challenge.

Pasty.NET now has more than 20 HotSpots throughout the Copper Country, serving wireless Internet to our members. By the way, if you are a Pasty.NET dial-in member, your ID and password works on any of these HotSpots, using standard WiFi equipment. We are expanding the network as quickly as we can to the more remote areas - like Eagle Harbor.
By Mary Ann Edington, Indiana on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 10:30 am:

Speaking of Eagle Harbor, the Jampot was featured on some cable food program we were watching last night. I am introducing my future husband to the U.P. and he was intrigued by the operations there.

By UP dreamer stuck in NJ on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 10:32 am:

Awesome picture! I love aerial shots of Superior, because the water is so crystal clear. It's fascinating to be able to see so much of the underwater geography.

I love Rick Anderson's photo album...lots of great shots in there.

By the way, did the Golden Retriever from the other day ever get a name?

By Ms. Katie Il. on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 10:41 am:

Jeff K...wonderful photos of Isle Royale! Never was that interested in the isle but you've whet my appetiate . Hope to get there now, hopefully this summer. And finnferrfun, you're a hoot. Mosquito supplier ? Good thoughts :) Good morning fellow Yooper admirers.

By Paul , Webberville Troll on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 10:44 am:

Hi Troll in Eagle Harbor! Where's your house? Is the snow off the roof? Cold here again today, 37, snow flurries, now raining but scheduled for a warm up later today, reaching the middle 70's tomorrow. Good to see you weathered the winter.

By Dave, Laurium on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 11:54 am:

Somebody mentioned 'The Jampot', here is a pic of the new monastery about 200 yards from the Jampot. Sorry about the snow what with spring here now, but I thought those who had not seen what picking thimbleberries can build might like a pic of the latest new scenery along the Lake Superior shoreline.

By ric, WI on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 11:54 am:

Has anyone started up the Driftwood Ice Cream parlour again? I remember Don and Mimi years ago....it was GREAT!

By C&Y on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 11:55 am:

Greetings from Phoenix,AZ. It makes me feel anxious to get back to the cottage that I can see in the aerial view of Eagle Harbor. Thanks for the photo. Hope all the snow is gone from the Harbor. It is about 78 degrees already and the high is 95 today.

By CC GUY on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 12:24 pm:

Pete Wis. Clarence Monette is still around. He is presently involved with the Keweenaw Historical Society as one of the officers.

By mike, howell on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 12:32 pm:

I remember the icecream too and dips in the harbor. I also remember roasting marshmallows at the bonfire on the sandy beach.

By Bill, Ca. on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 12:46 pm:

Is that George Hite standing in front of his "cabin"? :)

By Marsha, Genesee and Aura on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 01:00 pm:

Mary Ann: I, too, saw the Jampot on HGTV last night. The show was Food Finds and it caught my eye when the first segment was about fudge-making on Mackinaw Island. Imagine my surprise when, before going to commercial, they showed monks in a bakery! I thought, "No, it can't be!", but it was!

Spent at least one night at the Lakeview on my honeymoon in 1972. Enjoyed the northern lights from our window.

By Marsha, Genesee and Aura on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 01:03 pm:

I knew it didn't sound right when I mentioned the Lakeview in my previous post. I should have said the Lake Breeze. We also stayed at the Lakeview on Mackinaw Island!

By Marsha on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 01:46 pm:

Another mistake! It wasn't HGTV, it was the Food Channel! That's my mistake quota for 2004!

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 02:09 pm:

I have that bumper sticker on my Jeep "Say yah to da U.P., eh?" and you should see the looks I get from communters here in Houston Texas!!!

Life goes on
Minus the snow, of course! :->

A friend at church asked me to explain..I told her its a U.P. thing, she said "OHHH, its a Yankee Bumper sticker!!" They just don't get it! HA HA

Hence my nickname around here "Yankee"

By Phyllis, North Texas on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 02:18 pm:

Phyllis, North Texas, We all recieved your suggestions for our Golden Retriever and we are still thinking about all the names that were suggested. My husband works alot of hours so we have not had time to talk them through. I will tell you all when we do name her. Thanks again to all that put in there two cents.

By GEM, Willis, Texas on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 03:26 pm:

I too live in Texas (just north of Houston) & have a simple 'UP' sticker on my car. It gets a few looks. We are currently building in EH, so will be busy this summer!! Can't wait to head north on June 1st, bugs or no bugs.

By Carole on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 03:37 pm:

To Dave in Laurium: Regarding the monastery and what "picking thimbleberries can build". How true!!! My grandparents had a camp around the bend where the monastery is, if only they could see the area today. I don't think they would be happy.. The Dows (sp?) originally owned a camp where the monks live along with the small cabins down the road and a store where the Jampot is.

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 03:43 pm:

Yes, minus the snow for sure! But thats the very same sticker! :)

I also have a Yooper license plate holder to complete the ensemble . HA HA

By Troll, Lower MI on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 03:45 pm:

What I would like to know is, how did all you yoopers end up in Texas, Arizona and California. Did the snow chase you away???

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 03:49 pm:

I'm in the Witness Protection Program myself, can't speak for the others. :)-

By DB on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 03:53 pm:


By Dave, Laurium on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 04:04 pm:

According to the monasteries website( http://www.societystjohn.com/index.html ) the Jampot open for the season on May 7th.

By mo, mich on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 04:17 pm:

Does anyone know when the Harbor Haus will open for the season?

By Bob G. , Houghton Lake, MI on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 04:20 pm:

Roudy, unless you have a rock solid source to back this claim up, I'm gonna have to go with my Michigan history professor at CMU Dr. O'Neil on this one: Calumet was NOT a candidate for the state capitol when the issue was first under consideration. Lansing was voted the capitol March 16th 1847. According to Larry Lankton's "Cradle to Grave" The mines that developed around Calumet did so "between the late 1860's and early 1880's" (p10) While Douglas Houghton's 1841 report set off a stampede to the Keweenaw, it was decades before Calumet was developed.

By Fran,C.FL on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 04:29 pm:

Conversation here in Central Florida. Q."Where ya all from?" A."The U.P!" Q."Where's that?" A."South shore of Lake Superior!" Q. Where's that?" A."Block From Heaven!" Q."Oh must be somewhere uo North?"

By ric, WI on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 05:12 pm:

Probably the weirdest thing that ever happened to me was when I was at Steamboat Ridge on the Alaska Highway in 1992, and an old grizzled guy came out of the Lodge there and saw my "Upper Michigan-Someplace Special" license plate and said he was from LAURIUM and insisted on having a photo taken of the License plate....now I live in Wisconsin and miss the UP so much....

PS...I NEVER should have left the UP...biggest mistake of my life!

By Fred Scuttle, MI on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 05:19 pm:

Hey Mo: I believe the Harbor Haus opens over Memorial Day weekend, or just after. Good trout and whitefish there with a nice view.

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 05:34 pm:

I'm not sure of the official opening date of the Harbor Haus in Copper Harbor, but if you'd like a jump on the opening, you can attend (shameless plug)the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lions Club fifth annual Mother's Day Dinner at the Harbor Haus, on May 9th. For more info, you can contact me!

By L on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 05:37 pm:

Harbor Haus opens Saturday May 29th..

By L on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 05:41 pm:

Where oh where is Donn de Yamperts gallery. Looks as though it has vanished again. I really enjoy Donn's photos and hope his gallery appears again..

By Dianne, Carol Stream, IL on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 05:44 pm:

The Jampot show was on Food Network not HGTV. It will air again on May 8th - 2:30pm ET.

By L on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 05:45 pm:

Where the two cars are parked is where I am most every night in the spring/summer months. I get there at 10:30 p.m. and get my fire going and stay til my wood supply diminishes...

By H from Oklahoma on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 06:08 pm:

Hey Everybody! anyone know what business that is in the lower right foreground of the bridge cam?

That's the Ramada Inn, a Pasty Central sponsor!

By H from Oklahoma on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 06:14 pm:

Thanks! I am a trucker and I am coming to Calumet in early June for a visit to a 4th grade class. I was hoping that was a motel.It looks like a great place to park a truck and a great view.

By dave s wisc on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 06:39 pm:

guess I have to make a trip up there this summer. Its been a long time.

When you're driving into Eagle Harbor, isn't there a bridge with a dam or something over to the right ?
seems like I remember a railroad track or something..a mill???

its been way too long....

anyway, where is that in relation to this pic ???
or am I dreaming of another place ?

By Dave, Laurium on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 07:09 pm:

Dave S...sounds like you are thinking of Eagle River and the Falls there.

By DH, Temecula, CA on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 07:18 pm:

Calumet as state capital ... The story is that the capital was to have been RElocated to Calumet during the copper boom. Arthur Thurner in "Strangers and Sojourners" (IMHO, the second best Keweenaw history book after "Cradle to Grave") uses the word "myth" (p 306) to describe this notion and its resurfacing during the Calumet centennial in 1975.
With as much archival stuff is on the web these days, you would think this could be put to rest, one way or the other.

By now a tourist.. former local on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 07:59 pm:

I had heard from an industrial archeology student at MTU it .."Died in Commity" ..one vote short of making the "final list" of cities that was to be picked from..er thats how I remember it anyway.

By Bird Watcher on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 09:37 pm:

Does anyone know what kind of bird this is-

Black body
Metallic blue head
Silver eyes

By dave s wisc on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 09:55 pm:

Dave in Laurium...
yes, that's probably where I was thinking of.
thanks :)

By One Finn to Another on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 09:55 pm:

Hey BT in T.C. are you still sellin cars?
Great shot today, the sky shots are terrific, they really show alot that one could miss, keep it up!

By another bird watcher on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 11:25 pm:

to bird watcher. i think it is a grackle (sp?)

By Bird Watcher on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 11:46 pm:

Another Bird Watcher,

Yep, you are right. Thanks

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 11:55 pm:

Hei, finnferfun, Not only is there a Ralph, but also Alfred and Theodore and Arnold! In southern Marquette Co. Cornell is in Northern Delta Co.
The water coming out of the swamps and woods has a lot of tannin. Tannic acid from the wood as it decomposes. Makes the water dark such as at the Tequomenon Falls. And the little creek in EH. Used to swim from the dock here when I was a kid.

By G Mi. on Thursday, April 29, 2004 - 07:36 am:

black,purple head,silvery eyes, PURPLE MARTIN

By Indiana on Thursday, April 29, 2004 - 01:52 pm:

Speaking of state capitals and such, my mother has a turn of the last century 2 volume "Cyclopedia" that lists Houghton, MI as having the highest income per capita in the USA. Interesting, huh? If houghton was the wealthiest town in America, I can understand how important it was to the sate at the time.

By this just in... on Thursday, April 29, 2004 - 06:20 pm:

the 'discharge' is Eliza Creek...looking at this pic, it must be from last spring/summer as Simon's don't have their woodsy pilar lights installed on their driveway.

By Freshwater CA on Thursday, April 29, 2004 - 09:38 pm:

To Pete WI: Yep, Clarence Monette is still alive and kicking. He keeps busy with a few odd jobs, like publishing the award-winning Superior Signal quarterly for the Keweenaw County Historical Society, managing the Society's properties at Phoenix and Phillipsville, and keeping store shelves around the Keweenaw stocked with his more than 50 monographs on Copper Country places and historical events. And from his scoutmaster days he kept the delightful habit of always bringing something freshly baked to board meetings. He has no e-mail, but you can get in touch with Clarence at 942 Ninth St., Lake Linden, MI 49945.

By freshwater CA on Thursday, April 29, 2004 - 09:54 pm:

Dear Roudy & Bob G: Before Lansing was selected as Michigan's capital in 1847, there was heated political competition for the downstate site. The Detroit faction introduced a bill to make Calumet the capital in jest to make a point. The proposal lost by a single vote!

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Friday, April 30, 2004 - 12:33 am:

Interesting note about Clarence Monette... When Pasty Central first began, Clarence donated a whole box full of his books to Still Waters, which we have used in researching our Shoebox Memories and other historical discussions on this site. As a thank you to Clarence, we gave him a free Pasty.NET Internet connection. Since he has no computer, we offered to deliver his email by fax, developing an automated system to perform this. For over 2 years we delivered "cmonette@pasty.com" to Clarence Monette's fax machine. At first, he received lots of email when his address was published in the Superior Signal Newsletter. But since he was not equipped to return emails, he would snail-mail replies, and eventually people stopped sending email, realizing they would not receive an immediate response.

The moral of the story: one-way email isn't practical, in spite of the fact that it is technically feasible. Interesting that Clarence Monette, such a distinguished historical scholar, helped us learn a modern lesson in our on-going pursuit of leading-edge technology here at Pasty Central.

By E. Wildman on Friday, April 30, 2004 - 02:43 pm:

What a great picture and fun notes from other viewers. Another Yooper downloaded south, I'm in Dallas and looking forward to heading north early July. Anyone know of someone who wants to help drive up from Dallas? EH is a really special place, though my summer domicile is at Gratiot Lake.

By Mary Lou on Saturday, May 1, 2004 - 08:04 am:

Weldon Curtin, of Lake Linden printed most of Clarence Monette's books..till 1994 when Weldon became ill and passed on. Weldon and Clarence are both Lake Linden High School alumni....and a credit to the town and the school. So much Copper Country history was preserved with the printing of Clarence Monette's work. Weldon also managed the printing dept at MTU till "94. He was my late husband's brother.

By UMN on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 06:18 pm:

Wasn't there a pier or dock in Eagle Harbor which you could walk out on from the beach? I thought that there were some swings near there too.

By Tauno in SC i don't use my real name but in the U.P. no one can say it elsewhere. lol on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 - 08:40 pm:

What a beautiful spot Eagle Harbor is. Been Through there once 5-6 years back when i lived in Chassell for a year. i was raised in the U.P. Was it my imagination as a kid in the early 80's that there was more snowback then or not?

By bruce, iowa on Friday, May 21, 2004 - 02:00 am:

I used to play with Weldon's son (Ted) when I lived in Lake Linden. I saw that offset printing gear in his basement many times. My mother used to type Clarence's books for him and we'd deliver them to Weldon for the printing. I can still smell the ink from those presses after all these years.

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