Superior History

The bridges of Houghton/Hancock

Before the first bridge was built in 1875, the only way to cross Portage Lake was by boat. Captain Samuel Estes came to Portage Lake in about 1853 along with his yawl, a small sailboat which could also be rowed. He immediately started a business taking people across and as the sole ferry ...

‘Iron Ore and the Civil War’

NEGAUNEE — The Michigan Iron Industry Museum, 73 Forge Road, Negaunee, will host “Iron Ore and the Civil War” Sept 28-30 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. School groups will be at the museum Sept. 28 and 29, while the general public is welcome Sept. 30. Set up at the museum will be a Civil War ...

Preserving Presque Isle as pristine park

“The young folks made up a party in the morning for Presque Isle and Partridge Island and gave me an invitation to accompany them.” — Amos Harlow, July 4, 1851 MARQUETTE — A favorite picnic spot since the settlement of Marquette in 1849, Presque Isle was reserved as a lighthouse site ...

In brief

MRHC to show Longyear photo package MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents “21 Pictures — An Outdoor Evening Program Featuring Great Historical Photos from the John M. Longyear Research Library” will take place from 10 to 11 p.m. Aug. 18 in the MRHC Greenspace ...

Early farming in Marquette County

Finally, with a little warmth, our gardens are starting to take off, so it’s a good time to talk about farming. As soon as European settlers arrived to work in the mines and forges, they immediately began to grow foods crops and manage livestock. The supply boats were few and far between. ...

Solar eclipse to be discussed by astro society

MARQUETTE — At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Marquette Astronomical Society in conjunction with the Peter White Public Library will be presenting “What’s Out There? Solar Eclipse.” Held in the library’s community room, this program will prepare the public for the upcoming solar eclipse on ...

Sky pieces: If you lose them, you lose a lot

In genealogy, we strive to remember. We take pieces of an infinite puzzle and struggle to fit them together into a picture that reveals something of our heritage. We write down names and dates and connect people with one another. If we’re really good, we may connect faces in photographs, as ...

Powell Township art camp set

MARQUETTE — Liberty Children’s Art Project will teach a four-day drop-in art camp in August for children going into first to ninth grades this summer at the Powell Township School Art Garage. The camp will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10. In “Express Yourself! Painting, Printmaking ...

Powell Township art camp set

MARQUETTE — Liberty Children’s Art Project will teach a four-day drop-in art camp in August for children going into first to ninth grades this summer at the Powell Township School Art Garage. The camp will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10. In “Express Yourself! Painting, Printmaking ...

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Our busy world is taken up by so many needs which demand our immediate attention. We often don’t give a thought to the chain of events which brought us to this moment in time. I sometimes like to think just on a local level, of all the personal sacrifices, municipal decisions, new inventions, ...

Chatham farm open house set

CHATHAM — Michigan State University has a long history of agricultural research in the Upper Peninsula, spearheaded by the staff at the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center. The public is invited to join local and statewide university experts for an informative day in the field ...

Forgotten neighborhood on Blaker Street

MARQUETTE — Blaker is a short, one-wayThe Matthews house on the corner of Blaker and Bluff streets in the city of Marquette is pictured. (Photo courtesy of the Marquette Regional History Center) street, hidden behind the Landmark Inn. It begins at East Bluff and ends at East Ridge. As a ...

Sci-Fi on tap at Ore Dock

MARQUETTE — At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Peter White Public Library in Marquette will host the second meeting of its new book club Sci-Fi on Tap at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. The second utopian novel, “Childhood’s End” by Arthur C. Clarke, published in 1953, explores whether a utopian ...

Marquette’s Old City Hall has rich history

Early Marquette municipal governments led a nomadic existence. The first town hall, on Spring Street, was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1868 shortly after it was purchased. For a while, the offices were relocated to rooms in Coles' Hall on South Front Street. Later they moved to a little brick ...

Once Upon a Crime to meet

MARQUETTE — Once Upon A Crime, the book group for Mystery Lovers, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12 in the Dandelion Cottage Room at the Peter White Public Library to discuss “The Thin Man” by Dashiell Hammett. In this famous crime novel, readers meet two of the detective-story ...

Explorer’s Fourth of July in the Keweenaw, 1840

HOUGHTON — The Fourth of July is a day Americans look forward to. It is a celebration that brings fireworks, good food, and good cheer. Whether at home or traveling abroad Americans are aware of the day and plan some type of celebration. This was the case for state geologist Douglass ...

Grief group to meet in July

MARQUETTE — A grief group will run for eight weeks on Monday evenings from July 10 through Aug. 28 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette. The program begins at 7 p.m. and ends around 8:30 p.m. Whether your grief is fresh or continues after years of struggle, whether you grieve the loss ...

Longyear quilts dazzle, delight

MARQUETTE — Our article ... involves the fascinating story of two very different quilts donated in 1981 to Marquette Regional History Center. These two quilts were given to the museum by Judy Paul Case, the granddaughter of John and Mary Longyear. They were found it a chest in a Longyear ...

Church to host national author

NEGAUNEE — The Eastwood Apostolic Lutheran Church invites the public to hear comedian, author and national youth speaker Bob Lenz at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church on Sunset Drive in Negaunee. The Wisconsin native’s humor and authentic tone engages over half a million teens and families ...

Shiras Pool an area favorite

Generations of Marquette residents spent their summers at the Shiras Pool on Presque Isle. It was named after George Shiras III who had provided the inspiration and some of the money for the pool's construction. Opened on July 4, 1921, it had a sand beach, dressing rooms, high dives and a ...