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Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference desk staff at Peter White Public Library.

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — Lake Superior’s water level rose 4 inches from mid-April to May 20 when measured in Marquette. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported the lake level was at 601.77 feet above sea level. That level is 2 inches above one year ago and 8 inches above chart datum. Chart datum is the level used on navigational charts to indicate depths of harbors, shipping channels and underwater structures, such as reefs. In regard to longterm Measurements, the May 20 level was 3 inches below the record high set in 1986 and 28 inches above the record low set in 1926. The corps predicts the lake will continue its seasonal rise and go 3 inches by mid-June.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — The Marquette and Huron Mountain Railroad, the scenic line from Marquette to Big Bay, will be formally opened to the general public Saturday, June 13. There will be three trains a day, the late afternoon trip being timed to permit dinner in Big Bay. This is the newest and largest all-steam railroad in the nation and is expected to attract thousands of tourists. Arrangements are being made to handle a number of features along the way. The excursion railroad will feature old-time steam locomotives and passenger cars, reconditioned and in excellent shape. The roadbed has been thoroughly checked out. Details will be announced starting Monday, June 1. In the meantime, the promoters of the road are going to entertain the metropolitan and Peninsula press on a preview ride June 6. This will be a one-trip schedule to permit picture taking and interviews. It is anticipated the newspaper and television facilities of Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and Minneapolis will be represented, as well as the Peninsula Press.

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