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Jul 4, 2017 - Houghton MI

We were up just before 5:30 Friday morning to get on the road by about 6:15 for the over an hour drive north up Tamiami Trail – though they don’t call it that up here – back to Copper Harbor to get on the Isle Royale Queen IV for the 3+ hour trip to Rock Harbor on the northeast end of Isle Royale National Park https://www.nps.gov/isro/index.htm. We woke to heavy fog and light rain and unfortunately it didn’t improve. At all. In fact, at no point during the entire day – till we got back to Houghton and went to dinner at 8:30 – was it...

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Jul 3, 2017 - Houghton MI

Thursday we spent about an hour touring the remains of the very interesting Quincy Smelter across the water near Hancock, which processed ore from 13 mines in the area. The smelter used a series of heat and chemicals to make ingots and blocks that were shipped via rail and ships to factories that made the copper into wire or tubing. We were issued safety glasses and hard hats for the tour as we were entering buildings that have been abandoned since 1971 and are actually condemned. We got to see the remains of some of the furnaces, the rooms...

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Jul 2, 2017 - Houghton MI

Our next stop was a bit up the road in Calumet; formerly known as Red Jacket, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calumet,_Michigan, which during the rush was the epicenter of the mining industry and the architecture of the area reflects the money that was running through this town during it’s prime. We did a quick self-guided tour of the Calumet Theater, which was built in 1900 and over the years has hosted many of the top entertainers of the time. It is still currently in use with weekly movies for the community and plays and concerts and is on...

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Jul 1, 2017 - Houghton MI

Wednesday was a very interesting day; and we got to spend part of it underground. This area along Lake Superior has a huge history of copper mining. In fact, we were told that the value of copper mined in this area during it’s “Copper Rush” was something like 10 times the value of gold mined during the California Gold Rush. Our first stop of the day was the Quincy Mine on the hill across the river from Houghton. We got onto the 11:30 tour and after picking out hard hats and heavy jackets, we started the tour at the 1918 steam hoist...

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Jun 30, 2017 - Houghton MI

Tuesday we packed up and headed northwest to the city of Houghton, Michigan and set up camp for a couple days to snoop around and visit Isle Royale National Park. We were on the road a little after 10:00 for a very nice 3½ hour drive along Lake Superior, through Marquette then north to our home in Houghton, the home to Michigan Tech University, our friend Dale’s Alma Mater...Go Huskies! Our site backs up to the Keweenaw Waterway that bisects the Keweenaw Peninsula and despite it being a bit tight and noisy, is all-in-all a pretty nice spot....

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Aug 8, 2015 - Michigan's Western UP (Houghton to Calumet)

Our next destination was Houghton - no misprint - Houghton. Deb seemed to be the only one in town, but it is named after the geologist who discovered mineable copper in the mid-1800s that was the economic boom more valuable than California's gold rush. That Houghton drowned in a boating accident on Lake Superior at age 37, but memorials remain throughout Michigan and Wisconsin. We stayed a week on the banks of the river that separates Houghton (home to Keweenaw Brewery) from Hancock. Houghton Lake, in the lower peninsula, awaits. Who knew...

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Aug 18, 2013 - with the UP-ers

We've been to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan before. It's one of those end of the road places like the Northern Kingdom in Vermont, which tends to attract the kinds of folks that could never live in a suburban subdivision or hold down 9 - 5 jobs. They proudly call themselves Yoopers and the people in the rest of Michigan tell the kinds of stories about them that used to be called Polack jokes. This area was rich in minerals - copper and iron especially - so many experienced miners from Europe settled here. The Cornish miners brought their...

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Jul 10, 2013 - Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan

Days 126 - 128 of The Big Trip When we got back to the RVs, after our final visit to the Porcupine Mountains State Park, on July 8, the men were waiting in the parking lot and all we had to do was connect the pickup to the Andersons motor home and we were on our way. We had a little more than an hour to drive to Houghton. In Houghton, we parked in the City RV Park and had a beautiful space on the Portage Canal, right on the water. Each space came complete with a deck. For the first time in six days, we had a sewer connection, so the first...

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Sep 10, 2012 - Houghton and surrounding areas

We have had another wonderful stay in Houghton. After being here for a month last year, 2 weeks seemed short. We visited some of our favorite spots from last year and found some new things. Last year we tried to find Hungarian Falls but couldn't so our friend Margy did the hike with us this time...nice falls....turns out we started in the wrong town! The weather has been cool and perfect for hiking so we hiked to a couple of other falls during our stay -Canyon Falls and Sturgeon Falls. We also hiked to the top of Silver Mountain. Last...

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Summer 2012

Sep 3, 2012 - Jampot

Houghton, MI. Michigan is divided into 2 parts – the largest is shaped like a mitten and is surrounded by Lakes Michigan and Huron. The remaining part with Lake Superior on one side and Lakes Michigan and Huron on the other is called the Upper Peninsula. Today we went to Copper Harbor at the very tip of the Upper Peninsula. It is, in fact, the start of Highway 41 which goes south all the way to Miami, Florida. Naturally we made a few stops along the way. We viewed 3 different waterfalls, drove to the top of Brockway Mountain (their term,...

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Sep 2, 2012 - Step it up

Houghton, MI. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a 42-mile long National Park on the shore of Lake Superior. It is named for the 15 miles of colorful sandstone cliffs. The cliffs are up to 200' above lake level. They have been naturally sculptured into shallow caves, arches, formations that resemble castle turrets, and human profiles, among others. In the past we have taken the boat tour. This time we explored from atop the cliffs. We started with Sable Beach from which we could see Au Sable Light Station. The station began operation on...

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Aug 28, 2012 - Houghton

We really enjoyed the month we spent in Houghton last year and are looking forward to spending a couple of weeks here this year. We rode bikes into town this afternoon along the bike path that leaves from the campground. The RV is pulled into a spot so we are looking out at the canal. It is a beautiful blue and we enjoy watching the boats as they pass by.

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