Bob and Rigamarole at Texas Canyon Rest Area, Arizona, September 30, 2017

Bob and Rigamarole at Texas Canyon Rest Area, Arizona, September 30, 2017
Bob and Rigamarole at Texas Canyon Rest Area, Arizona, September 30, 2017

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Heading South (A Little) - Thurs., Oct. 2, 2014

Grand total for our drive today is 49 miles. That must be a record for us for the shortest driving day ever. We moved from Ft. Wilkins Historical State Park in Copper Harbor, Michigan to City of Houghton RV Park in Houghton, Michigan.

On our way south on U.S. 41, we stopped at a Roadside Park to look at the snowfall record for the area. What do you think of these numbers?






And check out the graphic display below that Keweenaw County put up. The red line is the total number of inches of snow they received in the winter of 1978-1979: 390.4 inches (that's over 32'!!). And if you look just below it on the close-up photo, you can see that this past winter's snowfall (2013-2014) almost reached the record at a little over 28'. The lowest snowfall year was about 14'. Yes, folks, it gets cold and snowy here.

What 390.4 inches looks like

Bob and I would like to personally thank all the RV bloggers who recommended City of Houghton RV Park. What a great place/base to use for our explorations of the southern Keweenaw Peninsula. Also thank you for recommending Roy's Pasties & Bakery. We ate there twice during our stay.


Site #16 at City of Houghton RV Park
View from our dining room window
Roy's Pasties & Bakery
After we set up our 5th wheel, we headed 12 miles north on U.S. 41 to check out Calumet, Michigan, which is historic for its role in copper mining. Our first stop was the National Park Visitor Center to learn about the area's rich copper mining history. It was 3:15 p.m. and most museums and local points of interest closed at 4:30 p.m.


Keweenaw National Historical Park Visitor Center
In poking around the Visitor Center we learned that copper mined on Isle Royale and the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan is 99% pure. Over the course of 150 years the Keweenaw produced over 11 billion pounds of native copper. Wow! Because we were limited on time today, we decided to do our own walking tour around downtown Calumet and return tomorrow to see Calumet Theatre and Coppertown USA Mining Museum.

Swimsuits from another era.
Churches for every denomination
The following photo is to show how far away from the curb the parking meters are. We figure this must be to keep them out of the way of snowplows in winter.

See how far parking meters are set back from the curb?
In the photo above, Bob is looking up at the beautiful brick and stone work on the building's upper floors.

Love the arches and all the windows.
Street level brick work
The Calumet Theatre (more on this tomorrow)
Firefighters' Museum
Downtown storefronts
Expecting a cold winter! Look at all that firewood.
Another gorgeous church
Eagle detail on the Post Office
Train track snow plow.
Float copper weighs 9,392 lbs. See sign below.

History from a scenic viewpoint sign: The "Copper Range":

"The dominant geological feature of the Keweenaw Peninsula is the "copper range," a 4 to 12 mile wide central highland extending from the eastern tip of the peninsula southwest along Lake Superior for more than 150 miles and extending into Wisconsin.

"The precambrian lava flows and conglomerates of the Keweenaw form one of the most unique mineral ranges on earth. The copper mined here was found in a pure metallic form ranging from tiny particles to large masses weighing many tons. The copper removed from this area since the rush of the early 1840's amounts to more wealth than all of the gold mined in California."

After our exploration of Calumet, we headed back to Houghton for dinner at Roy's Pasties and Bakery. I had chicken and veggies pasty and Bob had the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and cranberry pasty. I'll tell you what, those were very, very tasty pasties!


Below is the lift bridge between Houghton and Hancock, Michigan.  The boat in the foreground is very interesting. We have no idea what kind of ship/boat it is.


Also tied up at the Houghton dock: Isle Royale Queen IV
With our appetite curbed, we did a little drive around downtown Houghton. We found the former Amphidrome location which is now Dee Stadium. (The original Amphidrome burned in 1927.)

Dee Stadium
Then it was back to the 5er to snuggle in out of the cold, rain and wind. Yes, fall weather finally caught up to us. It's bone chilling.

Tomorrow: Museums and copper mining tour.

Travel Bug out.



5 comments:

  1. With snowfall like that, you won't catch us in that area from October-April!

    The architecture on the buildings is lovely. Someone did some good thinking putting the meters that far back.

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  2. I'm not a snow person - I can't even imagine living somewhere with that much snow! Cool picture of the train snow plow. I don't think I've ever seen one.

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  3. Wind and rain is one thing but you could get snow shortly. They have already had some in some parts of Michigan.

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  4. Yup...I ckearly remember that winter... Because I had just graduated in 1978 and was working at Ski Brule Mt. In Iron River that winter. We had snow until MAY that year!!!!

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  5. Love that big chunk of copper, definitely bigger than the 365 lb chunk of copper glacial till I saw at the Ice Age center just the other day.

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