From National Parks

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums

After leaving Calumet, Tom and I headed up to Eagle Harbor.  We wanted to see the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, one of the partner sites for the Keweenaw National Heritage Park.  We had already seen a bunch of lighthouses, so we weren’t expecting much.  But the site exceeded our expectations and became one of our favorite …

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Keweenaw National Historic Park

After visiting the Grand Canyon of Michigan, Tom and I headed north to see the Keweenaw National Historic Park in the Keweenaw Peninsula.  The peninsula is all about copper mining, milling, smelting, and shipping.  Every town of any size has some connection to the copper industry.  When mining stopped in the 1970’s, the people in …

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Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island

The most important place for us to visit on Mackinac Island was Fort Mackinac.  This island fort is not to be confused with Fort Michilimackinac, which I wrote about last week.  Fort Michilimackinac was built by the French and was a center of the fur trade with as many Native Americans and European Americans in …

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Glen Haven in Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was established in 1970, which means that much of the land along the 35 miles of designated lakeshore was already privately owned.  In order to preserve the land, the park service gradually bought up the private properties.  One of these private properties was the town of Glen Haven on the …

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