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|
|Keweenaw National Historical Park Visitor Center|
|Swimsuits from another era.|
|Churches for every denomination|
|See how far parking meters are set back from the curb?|
|Love the arches and all the windows.|
|Street level brick work|
|The Calumet Theatre (more on this tomorrow)|
|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|
Tomorrow: Museums and copper mining tour.
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