Aug 08-04

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Heritage Celebration    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo from Jack Foster Collection

Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 07:29 am:

This coming Saturday, August 14, Main Street Calumet's Heritage Celebration will fill Agassiz Park with visitors, just a few blocks from today's photo. This is from the Jack Foster Collection of the National Park Service archives, which you may see on a poster around town for Heritage Celebration.

This is the old Methodist Church, with the street behind it being Red Jacket, and the building in the upper left hand corner is the C&H General Office Building, now Keweenaw National Historical Park headquarters. From the perspective I would say the photographer was standing on the roof of the Miscowabik Club. Just to our left would be US-41. It's surprising how many changes have happened over the last century.

The Heritage Celebration next Saturday begins with a Pannukakua Breakfast at 8:00 am, and opening ceremonies at 10:00am. There will be hayrides, music, games for the kids, Traditions Alive re-enactments, historical preservation awards, and the "Boomtown Revival" parade in the afternoon. If you're in Calumet next weekend, plan to join the fun.

from Copper Country Reflections

By me on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 07:35 am:

good morning

By JJ MI on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 07:41 am:

Good Sunday morning to all - Great day to say "Thank You" for all we have...

By Jerry Florida on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 07:41 am:

Good Morning from Florida, nice and cool in the UP today, Have a great day.

By FINNigan on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 07:50 am:

I can't get last weeks pasty cam to come up, only this page can't be found. What's sa matter?

By smn/Clearwater on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 08:30 am:

Can we have a report on how Jenn Stigers is doing with her sit in? How much more monies are you going to need to make this purchase? Is this related to the Light House you want to buy? Go to Barn Red - and see what they have down for the Leelanau area. Perhaps he could help you put something together too. "It's all about the Land."

Have a great day. It's another terrible, hot and rainy day down here on the west coast of the Sunshine State. See you some cooler weather for us.

By john m on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 08:41 am:

Look out yooper,s.... We are on the way to Houghton from Rochester,Minnesota!! See ya tonight!!

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 08:43 am:

Hello from another beautiful morning in Mishawaka IN. Thanks for a look in the past.

By Yooper in Westland on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 08:58 am: guys are up early! "You guys," now there's an expression I haven't used since leaving the UP. Along with pank, eh (unless it was an accident).......

Pannukakku! Oh how yummy that sounds. Tried making it. Didn't turn out though.

By Keith, Kansas on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 09:20 am:

Hey Yooper in Westland, my Grandma taught me that the key is using whole milk. Mine was always a disaster when I used 2%.

By Ned, Kingsford, MTU 1971 on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 09:31 am:

Charlie, are you sure of your perspective in the view of the church? I always thought that a Congregational Church sat on this site until it burned in the early 50's. To me, the building in the background is the C&H Library. the road to the left would be Red Jacket and to the right is US 41. My family lived in Laurium at the time and we attended the Presbyterian Church. After the Congregational Church burned, the members of that church joined with us and combined the two churches.

By anita, mi on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 09:38 am:

Good Morning. Have a blessed day. On my way to church to thank God for all my blessings. would love to be there to celebrate hertiage days.

Remember the first time I used pank outside of the UP! lol I had a time trying to explain

By Mark, Ellsworth MI on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 09:52 am:

When is the Houghton County Fair?

By Helen on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 10:02 am:

Mark in Ellisworth the Houghton County Fair is August 26-29th, 2004. Here is a website where you can view all the Michigan County Fairs: ............hope this helps.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 10:20 am:

Mornin' from West Texas

By Dave, Cairo on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 11:02 am:

Good Afternoon (early evening) from the land of the pyramids. Just returned from the desert, tomorrow's adventure takes me to Alexandria on the sea. Just got word that we had 30 containers arrive, and I'll be punished by working with Egyptian Customs. Maybe it'll be cooler to the north, just turned 6:00pm and its down to 107F.

Charlie - What's the word with the Hunters Point goal? Are they close?

By Just Curious!! on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 11:45 am:

Dave, please tell us...are you there by choice or were you sent over there? Must be good money in what you are doing, right?

By Dave, Cairo on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 11:52 am:

Not really for the money, if I HAD to stay here I'd insist on a large raise. Actually I'm based in Philadelphia and come to Egypt periodically to check-up on some projects my company has going here. We typically employ ex-pats from Great Britain to act as site management for us. As responsible engineers, we just need to look in from time to time, and take care of some red tape to clear customs on large shipments. Besides, we love to travel and since leaving MTU, I have had the good fortune to travel in many countries. I can't think of any people that I have met that are any different from you or me (thinking wise) but a lot of differences in religion and governments. I'll be back in Philly next Friday and look forward to th UP come October for color.

By JAD, Oskar on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 01:03 pm:

Ned at Kingsford. Interesting comments. The old
Calumet Congregational church bought a new pipe organ and gave their old one to the Congregational church in Lake Linden. Then the Calumet church burned (they lost the new organ)and they joined with the Presbyterians which church is now called the Community Church. It sits with other churches on "God's Little Acre" in Calumet. The organ which went to the L.L. church was refurbished last year. It is an 1873 Garrett House tracker pipe organ and is one of several fine working historic pipe organs in the Keweenaw. The Houghton County Historical Society owns the build-ing (now called The Heritage Center)which is available for various types of activities: weddings, concerts, meetings, etc. I played the organ for some of the "Name that Tune" popular songs last Thursday and will do more this Thursday.

By Paul in Illinois on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 01:07 pm:

Nice pictures. The one of the worthies at the start of the bicycle race is neat. They used to be well attended events throughout the country. Now all we hear about is Lance at the Tour de France, which is fine, we don't see much publicity on all the other races. Anyone know if any races are currently held in the UP?
Back when that picture was taken, it seems the boys tended to race around town on their "wheels" terrifying unwitting pedestians who chanced on the streets without looking. Some things never change, just the means of propulsion.

By Just Curious!! on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 01:18 pm:

Dave, 'sounds like a wonderful profession. You are very fortunate. I hope you are safe at your location what with all the problems going on in this world today. 'Too bad everyone can't get along and have respect for each other. It will never happen in my day!

By Cousin Jack on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 02:38 pm:

Charlie and Ned At Kingsford:

My initial take on this picture is that it is looking NE towards the corner of Red Jacket Road and Calumet Avenue. That would still be the the C&H General Office Building in the upper left, but it would put the photographer atop a building in what is now an open field somewhere behind the old C&H Library. If you look to the upper right it doesn't appear that Red Jacket Road extends beyond the church as it would of course if it were headed NW into Calumet. If it were Highway 41 it would continue on as well. With all those maypoles planted in the yard you can bet it was some kind of Methodist church celebration though. It's interesting how those 2nd floor windows open. And there looks to be a large circular frame for 7 small stain(?)glass windows on the gable end. Did Jack Foster's picture have a date on it?

By CJ on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 02:49 pm:

It could have been a Congregationalist church as well come to think of it. The use of maypoles has long been an English tradition at any rate.

By Mary Lou on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 03:25 pm:

Dave, Cairo......Alexandria, Egypt is on my list of places I must see before I go to "my reward"...but I too wonder if it is safe for Americans.....?? Have you or your colleagues had a problem??......sad state of affairs....!!

By JAD, Oskar, MI on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 03:25 pm:

Paul in Illinois. Check out the Trekkers group in the Keweenaw at "" Most of the races are mountain bike races. A triathlon with road biking was held Sat. in Copper Harbor. A mountain bike "Chain Drive" race was held in June. The Trekkers bike every Monday night on various trails all over the place.

By abe on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 03:51 pm:

Don't forget to mark your calenders. This years Yooperfest ( 10 year Anniversary ) will be Saturday August 28th from 1pm to 6pm in Kenosha, Wisc. Geroge's Club Highview
Pasties, drinks, and fun for everyone...Rain or shine...

By Fran,Ga on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 05:13 pm:

FINNigan,did you live in Dollar Bay?

Those are interesting old photos. I bet my Dad lived there at that time.

We are having a cool spell here in N.Ga.,the temp is in the low 80's and humidity is lower. A real treat!!

By sg/Millford on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 05:57 pm:

Looks like rain today in the UP. I hope it clears up by next weekend.

By finngal fl on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 06:09 pm:

Yooper&Keith...pannukakku is better with whole milk, but 1% is even ok, I think it's the butter that makes it, plus a castiron skillet.

By Keith, Kansas on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 06:32 pm:

Finngal, you are definitely right about the can be an unmitigated disaster with margarine! :)

By NPSLA,Calumet on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 06:56 pm:

Good observations by photo viewers. The church IS the First Congregational Church and it did burn down in the 1940's. The view IS looking NE toward the intersection of Red Jacket Road (left) and Calumet Ave (a.k.a. US-41, right). The building across Red Jacket IS indeed now National Park Service Headquarters and the Miscowabic Club is just beyond and out of sight. The most likely vantage point when this photo was taken would have been roof of the original Armory in Calumet (another missing building) that once stood just north of Calumet Electronics (formerly the paint shop and engine house for C&H)

By PFD, MI on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 08:44 pm:

Houghton got some badly needed rain this afternoon along with a few thunder boomers!! Our lawn is beginning to look and sound like shredded wheat...hope this helps a little...we need a lot more. It is comfortably cool right now and actually starting to get dark already. Our days are definitely getting shorter!!!

By stillflyin on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 08:47 pm: mercs.........hopefully it will all change in about 3 months and we can bring our people home..........former Fed........

By Phyllis M Rockford IL on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 08:54 pm:

Hi Suzy - sorry for such a late post. Look forward to seeing you at the Lake Breeze. To Froggy in Rockford - there is just a lot of nothing going on in the Keweenaw this week. Lots of rest, sunshine, books and of course the art show this weekend. You should come up sometime. Will be leaving in about 7 hours - can't wait!

By Bill, Ca. on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 10:22 pm:

Charlie, the building identified as the Old Methodist Church would appear to be the Congregational Church that burned down in the early 50s. The old Methodist Church also burned down after being struck by lightning a few years earlier but was located on the same spot as the present Methodist Church.

This picture was probably taken from high up in the Light Guard Armory (107 Engineers home) that was also destroyed by fire just after we entered World War 2 (I believe February 1942). Everything was lost in that fire including my favorite rifle that belonged to the ROTC Rifle Team. The Natioal Guard then moved to the Coliseum and called that the Armory. We old-timers still attach the old name to that building.

By Could it be a kodak? on Sunday, August 8, 2004 - 10:59 pm:

Charlie Hopper-

Yesterday I commented on how nice the photo was you took. Could you please tell me what kind of camera you use.

By yoopers' kid on Monday, August 9, 2004 - 12:33 am:

Bill, we had an Armory in my hometown, too. Guess I
must be almost an old-timer -born in the 50's, whoopee!

By walt, calumet on Monday, August 9, 2004 - 12:06 pm:

The angle of the sun would not be right if the photographer was on the club house roof.

By Myrt, Calumet on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 01:01 pm:

As soon as I looked at the picture, I recognized it to be the old Congregational church, not the Methodist. When I was a child, I danced around a maypole like what was pictured, but it was always on Mayday at the present Armory which was then called the Coliseum.

By walter p tampa on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 06:45 pm:

the great fay wray passed away sad is it not

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