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Keweenaw Peninsula Trail Report – 03/26

KEWEENAW PENINSULA UPDATE via Keweenaw Trail Reports​ –

The forecast includes a chance for light rain in the Keweenaw and warmer temps again for a few days. Trails are still holding up well for late season riding, however getting in and out of any towns become increasingly more difficult as the roads are bare. It is very difficult to pass through Houghton/Hancock.

Jay Piotrowski and family spent the day riding trails in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula and this is the report he gave of the trails they were on……

“Riding was great today only bad spot was 134 spur to High Rock. Looks like groomer may have gotten stuck up at high rock last time they groomed. Other than that 134 was flat and fast. 3 from Vansville to Copper was great ….there was still enough snow and water in Copper Harbor for my scratchers to throw and keep me cool getting into town. 124 was great. Around 7pm trails were getting pretty loose. Saw a groomer crossing 41 southbound in Ahmeek. Fingers crossed rain doesn’t hit hard and temps stay down.”

Thanks Jay for taking the time to update us with a trail report. If anyone else is out riding the area please feel free to share a report on conditions and/or photos!

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Conditions as of March 25, 2019:

Most snowmobile trails from Twin Lakes to Copper Harbor are in spring condition. The edges on the trails are soft, please use caution. Trail 122 has several flooded areas and will be closed for the rest of the season. The west and east Lac La Belle Loops (132) will not be groomed, due to some icy stretches on hills that have made it unsafe to operate a groomer on. Those trails are still open to snowmobile traffic. As the season works towards a close, the grooming operations will be adjusted on a daily basis to accommodate the safety of our groomer operators, so riders should expect varying conditions on the trails.
Trail 120 and 121 that goes around Freda is closed for the season and will not be reopened, as well as Trail 3 from Dollar Bay to Lake Linden. You can still get to Dollar Bay by way of Hancock and to Lake Linden by way of Calumet. Trail 133 is closed for the season for logging.

Please stay on the trails, STAY OFF THE ICE, respect private property, do not drink and drive, and above all else, drive safely. The signs on the trails are there for rider’s safety so please DO NOT remove or destroy them.

Snowfall & Weather:
Snowfall in the Keweenaw Peninsula: No new snow with 35 inches of snow on the ground, 262 inches have fallen to date as of 3/26/2019.

Today’s forecast: Cloudy, high 41, low 32

Wednesday’s forecast: Cloudy, high 48, low 35

Thursday’s forecast: Cloudy, high 39 low 26

Friday’s forecast: Cloudy, high 37, low 23

Saturday’s forecast: Cloudy, high 27, low 20

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Thursday July 18th, 2019 - 10:29 am

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

"I quit trapping when I trapped my husband..."

Jingo Viitala Vachon filmed on location in Toivola, Michigan. She was a fantastic story-teller and author/illustrator. A wonderful Finnish woman with a great sense of humor....as you'll see here in this excerpt from the 1983 documentary "Tradition Bearers" by Michael Luokinen.

youtu.be/w1eSj4rp0AU

Jingo's cousin was none other than "Finnish-American Princess," Viola Turpeinen. Viola had a very successful recording career, becoming a pioneer "crossover" artist; seamlessly blending traditional Finnish folk music with the popular contemporary sounds of the day. She recorded over 50 records for Victor and Columbia record labels. She performed across the country including local venues, the Calumet Theatre and the Whirl-I-Gig in L'Anse.

These two remarkable Finnish-American women broke down barriers, and achieved so much in their lives with that stoic determination...sisu.

Sources:
Library of Congress
bit.ly/2GfFhEc
Archives

#finnish #heritage #coppercountry
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I quit trapping when I trapped my husband...

Jingo Viitala Vachon filmed on location in Toivola, Michigan. She was a fantastic story-teller and author/illustrator. A wonderful Finnish woman with a great sense of humor....as youll see here in this excerpt from the 1983 documentary Tradition Bearers by Michael Luokinen. 

https://youtu.be/w1eSj4rp0AU

Jingos cousin was none other than Finnish-American Princess, Viola Turpeinen. Viola had a very successful recording career, becoming a pioneer crossover artist; seamlessly blending traditional Finnish folk music with the popular contemporary sounds of the day. She recorded over 50 records for Victor and Columbia record labels. She performed across the country including local venues, the Calumet Theatre and the Whirl-I-Gig in LAnse.

These two remarkable Finnish-American women broke down barriers, and achieved so much in their lives with that stoic determination...sisu. 

Sources:
Library of Congress
https://bit.ly/2GfFhEc
Archives

#finnish #heritage #coppercountryImage attachmentImage attachment

Wednesday July 17th, 2019 - 11:55 am

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Established in 1844, Fort Wilkins State Park is located in Copper Harbor, Michigan on the Keweenaw Peninsula. In 1993, following archaeological digging and research this inscription was uncovered on the original jailhouse door. It reads: "Frank D. Pratt The Jailbird". So, who was this jailbird and what crime did he commit?

Private Pratt (E Co. 43rd Infantry)was locked in the holding cell for 45 days in 1868 due to "drunkenness while on guard duty". A serious offense. Other offenses that got select individuals a few overnight stays include theft and "general worthlessness". (thank you for the reminder, Mark H.)

When you visit Fort Wilkins, named after the Secretary of War at the time, William Wilkins, try and look for this carving.

The hospital building is setup just like it was in the 1840s when there was a mystery illness (the New York Journal of Medicine published an article by the fort Dr. calling it an "epidemic"). The symptoms included horrific stomach pains that could not be relieved with the medicine available at the time. The Dr. tried everything from opium to blood-letting. A last-resort measure he tried with the most severely afflicted was soaking a rag in alcohol, laying it across the patient's stomach and lighting it on fire. This ended up blistering and providing some relief. Unfortunately, this young soldier died. Around 13 people came down with this unknown illness. Was it due to bad food? Contaminated water? If you come to the fort during the reenactments (days/hours on website) you may just run into the fort Dr. Don't be afraid to ask questions---they will stay in character and are highly knowledgeable!

There are many other buildings to explore and interactive exhibits. There is a gift shop (that serves ice cream), picnic areas, walking trails, and camping sites. Check their website for fun reenactments/event dates/times.

www.keweenaw.info/member-detail/fort-wilkins-state-historic-park/

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Established in 1844, Fort Wilkins State Park is located in Copper Harbor, Michigan on the Keweenaw Peninsula. In 1993, following archaeological digging and research this inscription was uncovered on the original jailhouse door. It reads: Frank D. Pratt The Jailbird. So, who was this jailbird and what crime did he commit? 

Private Pratt (E Co. 43rd Infantry)was locked in the holding cell for 45 days in 1868 due to drunkenness while on guard duty. A serious offense. Other offenses that got select individuals a few overnight stays include theft and general worthlessness. (thank you for the reminder, Mark H.)

When you visit Fort Wilkins, named after the Secretary of War at the time, William Wilkins, try and look for this carving. 

The hospital building is setup just like it was in the 1840s when there was a mystery illness (the New York Journal of Medicine published an article by the fort Dr. calling it an epidemic). The symptoms included horrific stomach pains that could not be relieved with the medicine available at the time. The Dr. tried everything from opium to blood-letting. A last-resort measure he tried with the most severely afflicted was soaking a rag in alcohol, laying it across the patients stomach and lighting it on fire. This ended up blistering and providing some relief. Unfortunately, this young soldier died. Around 13 people came down with this unknown illness. Was it due to bad food? Contaminated water? If you come to the fort during the reenactments (days/hours on website) you may just run into the fort Dr. Dont be afraid to ask questions---they will stay in character and are highly knowledgeable!

There are many other buildings to explore and interactive exhibits. There is a gift shop (that serves ice cream), picnic areas, walking trails, and camping sites. Check their website for fun reenactments/event dates/times.

https://www.keweenaw.info/member-detail/fort-wilkins-state-historic-park/

#keweenaw #puremichigan #history

 

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Joslyne Viquez

Visited a couple summers ago and put our teenagers in prison there 😁

Good thing general worthlessness isn’t a thing nowadays,the jails would be packed!! 🙈

Just there today - awesome park!

Theodore Barss

Frank Dewey Pratt discharged due to disability May 10, 1869 from Ft. Wilkins - born in Connecticut Sept. 1,1847 and died January 2, 1911 in Massachusetts - buried Granby Cemetery, Granby, Hartford County, CT. Married Anna Maria Lawrence, August 30, 1879 - later divorced. Spent time in the Veterans Home in Dayton, Ohio due to disability.

Enjoyed going to Ft. Wilkins. Jail was pretty bleak!

Jacklyn next time we are there. We have to look for this.

David...another possibility

We have seen this and have to say the cell is a pretty bleak place. Another soldier spent some time in there for "general worthlessness" according to other information you can find at the fort.

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Wednesday July 17th, 2019 - 11:23 am

The Mosquito Inn

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Wednesday July 17th, 2019 - 9:00 am

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

May you find moments that make you smile on this beautiful Wednesday.

Today's Forecast? High 70s. Sunshine. A few visiting clouds.

#keweenaw #puremichigan #goodmorning #summer
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May you find moments that make you smile on this beautiful Wednesday. 

Todays Forecast? High 70s. Sunshine. A few visiting clouds. 

#keweenaw #puremichigan #goodmorning #summer

Wednesday July 17th, 2019 - 7:34 am

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

(Part II) Visit the Birthplace of Professional Hockey and The History of Hockey Exhibit, located in The Kenner Ruohonen Memorial History Room at the Dee Stadium in Houghton, Michigan. The museum is open during the summer Mon-Fri from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Check out photographs, vintage hockey skates/& equipment, an Olympic medal, and more.

History of the Hockey Helmet
Do you know how many years a helmet is good for before it "expires"? When did helmets become mandatory? Houghton's David Sproule talks history of the hockey helmet.

youtu.be/TadRNna7I9E

Museum info: www.keweenaw.info/member-detail/history-of-hockey-museum/

Photo Source: David Sproule/early helmet tests

#birthplaceofprofessionalhockey #hockeyville #krafthockeyville2019
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(Part II) Visit the Birthplace of Professional Hockey and The History of Hockey Exhibit, located in The Kenner Ruohonen Memorial History Room at the Dee Stadium in Houghton, Michigan. The museum is open during the summer Mon-Fri from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Check out photographs, vintage hockey skates/& equipment, an Olympic medal, and more.

History of the Hockey Helmet
Do you know how many years a helmet is good for before it expires? When did helmets become mandatory? Houghtons David Sproule talks history of the hockey helmet.

https://youtu.be/TadRNna7I9E

Museum info: https://www.keweenaw.info/member-detail/history-of-hockey-museum/

Photo Source: David Sproule/early helmet tests 

#birthplaceofprofessionalhockey #hockeyville #krafthockeyville2019

 

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Abbie Tollefson we should go

Suzanne Taylor Corey Taylor maybe worth a visit while you’re up here? 🤷‍♀️

Ken was related to me

Tough being a member of the sales staff !!

Very cool!!

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March 27, 2019 | Uncategorized

Keweenaw Peninsula Trail Report – 03/25

KEWEENAW PENINSULA UPDATE via Keweenaw Trail Reports​ –

Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula’s trails are definitely still looking good!

Dave Gerlach and crew sent us these photos and this trail report:

“Great job on the trails! Down to Krupp’s and up to Copper Harbor and everything was extremely rideable! Trails were groomed, flat and fast. It’s getting tough getting into gas stops but small price to pay for this great late season riding. See ya next year!”

Looking at the forecast, however, it appears we are in for another couple of days of above freezing temps…… Grooming will not occur when temps are above freezing.

If you are not familiar with the area, the photos on the grassy areas are on top of Brockway at the lookout!

Thank you so much for the photos and report Dave! …

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Postings From Regional Pages On Facebook

Thursday July 18th, 2019 - 10:29 am

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

"I quit trapping when I trapped my husband..."

Jingo Viitala Vachon filmed on location in Toivola, Michigan. She was a fantastic story-teller and author/illustrator. A wonderful Finnish woman with a great sense of humor....as you'll see here in this excerpt from the 1983 documentary "Tradition Bearers" by Michael Luokinen.

youtu.be/w1eSj4rp0AU

Jingo's cousin was none other than "Finnish-American Princess," Viola Turpeinen. Viola had a very successful recording career, becoming a pioneer "crossover" artist; seamlessly blending traditional Finnish folk music with the popular contemporary sounds of the day. She recorded over 50 records for Victor and Columbia record labels. She performed across the country including local venues, the Calumet Theatre and the Whirl-I-Gig in L'Anse.

These two remarkable Finnish-American women broke down barriers, and achieved so much in their lives with that stoic determination...sisu.

Sources:
Library of Congress
bit.ly/2GfFhEc
Archives

#finnish #heritage #coppercountry
... See MoreSee Less

I quit trapping when I trapped my husband...

Jingo Viitala Vachon filmed on location in Toivola, Michigan. She was a fantastic story-teller and author/illustrator. A wonderful Finnish woman with a great sense of humor....as youll see here in this excerpt from the 1983 documentary Tradition Bearers by Michael Luokinen. 

https://youtu.be/w1eSj4rp0AU

Jingos cousin was none other than Finnish-American Princess, Viola Turpeinen. Viola had a very successful recording career, becoming a pioneer crossover artist; seamlessly blending traditional Finnish folk music with the popular contemporary sounds of the day. She recorded over 50 records for Victor and Columbia record labels. She performed across the country including local venues, the Calumet Theatre and the Whirl-I-Gig in LAnse.

These two remarkable Finnish-American women broke down barriers, and achieved so much in their lives with that stoic determination...sisu. 

Sources:
Library of Congress
https://bit.ly/2GfFhEc
Archives

#finnish #heritage #coppercountryImage attachmentImage attachment

Wednesday July 17th, 2019 - 11:55 am

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Established in 1844, Fort Wilkins State Park is located in Copper Harbor, Michigan on the Keweenaw Peninsula. In 1993, following archaeological digging and research this inscription was uncovered on the original jailhouse door. It reads: "Frank D. Pratt The Jailbird". So, who was this jailbird and what crime did he commit?

Private Pratt (E Co. 43rd Infantry)was locked in the holding cell for 45 days in 1868 due to "drunkenness while on guard duty". A serious offense. Other offenses that got select individuals a few overnight stays include theft and "general worthlessness". (thank you for the reminder, Mark H.)

When you visit Fort Wilkins, named after the Secretary of War at the time, William Wilkins, try and look for this carving.

The hospital building is setup just like it was in the 1840s when there was a mystery illness (the New York Journal of Medicine published an article by the fort Dr. calling it an "epidemic"). The symptoms included horrific stomach pains that could not be relieved with the medicine available at the time. The Dr. tried everything from opium to blood-letting. A last-resort measure he tried with the most severely afflicted was soaking a rag in alcohol, laying it across the patient's stomach and lighting it on fire. This ended up blistering and providing some relief. Unfortunately, this young soldier died. Around 13 people came down with this unknown illness. Was it due to bad food? Contaminated water? If you come to the fort during the reenactments (days/hours on website) you may just run into the fort Dr. Don't be afraid to ask questions---they will stay in character and are highly knowledgeable!

There are many other buildings to explore and interactive exhibits. There is a gift shop (that serves ice cream), picnic areas, walking trails, and camping sites. Check their website for fun reenactments/event dates/times.

www.keweenaw.info/member-detail/fort-wilkins-state-historic-park/

#keweenaw #puremichigan #history
... See MoreSee Less

Established in 1844, Fort Wilkins State Park is located in Copper Harbor, Michigan on the Keweenaw Peninsula. In 1993, following archaeological digging and research this inscription was uncovered on the original jailhouse door. It reads: Frank D. Pratt The Jailbird. So, who was this jailbird and what crime did he commit? 

Private Pratt (E Co. 43rd Infantry)was locked in the holding cell for 45 days in 1868 due to drunkenness while on guard duty. A serious offense. Other offenses that got select individuals a few overnight stays include theft and general worthlessness. (thank you for the reminder, Mark H.)

When you visit Fort Wilkins, named after the Secretary of War at the time, William Wilkins, try and look for this carving. 

The hospital building is setup just like it was in the 1840s when there was a mystery illness (the New York Journal of Medicine published an article by the fort Dr. calling it an epidemic). The symptoms included horrific stomach pains that could not be relieved with the medicine available at the time. The Dr. tried everything from opium to blood-letting. A last-resort measure he tried with the most severely afflicted was soaking a rag in alcohol, laying it across the patients stomach and lighting it on fire. This ended up blistering and providing some relief. Unfortunately, this young soldier died. Around 13 people came down with this unknown illness. Was it due to bad food? Contaminated water? If you come to the fort during the reenactments (days/hours on website) you may just run into the fort Dr. Dont be afraid to ask questions---they will stay in character and are highly knowledgeable!

There are many other buildings to explore and interactive exhibits. There is a gift shop (that serves ice cream), picnic areas, walking trails, and camping sites. Check their website for fun reenactments/event dates/times.

https://www.keweenaw.info/member-detail/fort-wilkins-state-historic-park/

#keweenaw #puremichigan #history

 

Comment on Facebook

Joslyne Viquez

Visited a couple summers ago and put our teenagers in prison there 😁

Good thing general worthlessness isn’t a thing nowadays,the jails would be packed!! 🙈

Just there today - awesome park!

Theodore Barss

Frank Dewey Pratt discharged due to disability May 10, 1869 from Ft. Wilkins - born in Connecticut Sept. 1,1847 and died January 2, 1911 in Massachusetts - buried Granby Cemetery, Granby, Hartford County, CT. Married Anna Maria Lawrence, August 30, 1879 - later divorced. Spent time in the Veterans Home in Dayton, Ohio due to disability.

Enjoyed going to Ft. Wilkins. Jail was pretty bleak!

Jacklyn next time we are there. We have to look for this.

David...another possibility

We have seen this and have to say the cell is a pretty bleak place. Another soldier spent some time in there for "general worthlessness" according to other information you can find at the fort.

+ View previous comments

Wednesday July 17th, 2019 - 11:23 am

The Mosquito Inn

... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday July 17th, 2019 - 9:00 am

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

May you find moments that make you smile on this beautiful Wednesday.

Today's Forecast? High 70s. Sunshine. A few visiting clouds.

#keweenaw #puremichigan #goodmorning #summer
... See MoreSee Less

May you find moments that make you smile on this beautiful Wednesday. 

Todays Forecast? High 70s. Sunshine. A few visiting clouds. 

#keweenaw #puremichigan #goodmorning #summer

Wednesday July 17th, 2019 - 7:34 am

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

(Part II) Visit the Birthplace of Professional Hockey and The History of Hockey Exhibit, located in The Kenner Ruohonen Memorial History Room at the Dee Stadium in Houghton, Michigan. The museum is open during the summer Mon-Fri from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Check out photographs, vintage hockey skates/& equipment, an Olympic medal, and more.

History of the Hockey Helmet
Do you know how many years a helmet is good for before it "expires"? When did helmets become mandatory? Houghton's David Sproule talks history of the hockey helmet.

youtu.be/TadRNna7I9E

Museum info: www.keweenaw.info/member-detail/history-of-hockey-museum/

Photo Source: David Sproule/early helmet tests

#birthplaceofprofessionalhockey #hockeyville #krafthockeyville2019
... See MoreSee Less

(Part II) Visit the Birthplace of Professional Hockey and The History of Hockey Exhibit, located in The Kenner Ruohonen Memorial History Room at the Dee Stadium in Houghton, Michigan. The museum is open during the summer Mon-Fri from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Check out photographs, vintage hockey skates/& equipment, an Olympic medal, and more.

History of the Hockey Helmet
Do you know how many years a helmet is good for before it expires? When did helmets become mandatory? Houghtons David Sproule talks history of the hockey helmet.

https://youtu.be/TadRNna7I9E

Museum info: https://www.keweenaw.info/member-detail/history-of-hockey-museum/

Photo Source: David Sproule/early helmet tests 

#birthplaceofprofessionalhockey #hockeyville #krafthockeyville2019

 

Comment on Facebook

Abbie Tollefson we should go

Suzanne Taylor Corey Taylor maybe worth a visit while you’re up here? 🤷‍♀️

Ken was related to me

Tough being a member of the sales staff !!

Very cool!!

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March 26, 2019 | Uncategorized
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