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Keweenaw Peninsula Trail Report – 12/03

We need to step up the intensity on our snow dances! The forecast currently does not look like we will receive much fresh snow.

This is the Keweenaw Snowmobile Trail System Report for Monday, December 3rd, 2018.

Snowmobile trails from Twin Lakes to Copper Harbor are officially open but we will be starting the snowmobile season a little later than usual this year due to lack of sufficient snow.

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. Trails 122, 124, and 133 are closed until the ground freezes. Currently the water holes are too deep. The Houghton/Hancock bridge will be closed until the end of shipping season, so the mat will not go down for a few more weeks. Trail 3 from Clear Lk Junction to Copper Harbor is closed for logging.

As soon as conditions improve the Keweenaw Snowmobile Club will turn loose its fleet of groomers to get the trails in shape for the busy snowmobile season. We will update you as soon as something happens.

Any trail usage should be done with extreme caution as there is very low snow cover and there are rocks, stumps, branches, wet areas and hazards that have not been identified.

The Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau asks that you 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: Snow fall in the Keweenaw Peninsula, trace amounts of new snow with 8 inches of snow on the ground, 43 inches have fallen to date as of 12/03/2018.

Today’s forecast: Cloudy with a 30% chance of PM snow, high 26, low 22

Tomorrow’s forecast: Cloudy and a 20% chance of snow, high 27, low 23

Wednesday: Cloudy and a 60% chance of snow, high 26 low 18

Thursday: Cloudy and a 30% chance of snow, high 21, low 11

Friday: Cloudy with a 20% chance of snow, high 18 low 18

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Wednesday May 22nd, 2019 - 9:46 pm

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Lake Fanny Hooe Resort & Campground is located right on the picturesque Lake Fanny Hooe and is only 4-miles from Lake Superior. Lake Fanny Hooe is over 225 acres and has a max depth of 40 feet.

Lodging accommodations include cottages, lakefront motel, and chalets. Please let them know ahead of time if you plan on bringing your dog---they do have lodging options that are pet-friendly. 🐾

Fun activities to do here include renting a boat, fishing, hiking, walking to town for some shopping, s'mores around a campfire, biking, sitting in the clubhouse around the fireplace--enjoying some local microbrew while shooting the breeze with friends...

Reservations/more info:
www.keweenaw.info/member-detail/lake-fanny-hooe/

The Legend of Lake Fanny Hooe revolves around a young woman who disappeared while berry picking and, depending on the source, was kidnapped by Indians, a bear grabbed her and carried her off, or she fell into the lake and drowned. The likelihood of any of these tragic events is pretty unlikely as there is evidence this particular young woman left Ft. Wilkins, married, and had children. There is a more interesting story...a factual story.. regarding her nephew Mortimer who was born in Keweenaw County which I'll put down below....

Daniel Ruggles was the son of Gardner and Lydia Ruggles. He graduated from West Point in 1833.

Eleven years later, when the Army ordered Lieutenant Ruggles to "the frontier" at Copper Harbor, he was a veteran of the Second Seminole War in Florida and had served in Wisconsin.

Getting the Ruggles family to Fort Wilkins was a challenge; most assigned there traveled by ship from Detroit, a journey of at least 18 days.

But, Great Lakes navigation had to be suspended with the onset of winter. Garrison commander Capt. Fergus Walker wrote: "Snow piled four-feet deep with drifts often reaching 10-feet. ... In order to reach my post in due time, I traveled one-hundred-and-twenty-miles on foot through snow sometimes waist deep." 😮

The fort could "be supplied only by lake transportation during the shipping season, about six months of the year," Walker wrote. "Mail carriers," he said, "trekked 250 miles overland on dog sleds to Fort Howard in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and back again to deliver military orders. Soldiers might wait 20 to 30 days to receive mail from home and sometimes went months without pay."

When the Ruggles family arrived they were joined by the sister of Mrs. Richardetta Ruggles, Fanny. Life was certainly not easy for the family as noted in these journal entries:

"Order No. 19, dated Nov. 13, 1844, states: "It has been reported to the commanding officer that the practice of gambling prevails to a considerable extent among the enlisted men of the garrison. This must be discontinued and hereafter every species of this pernicious practice is strictly prohibited."

Oct. 4, 1844, he wrote: "The schooner has just arrived bringing 3 barrels of sugar." Another entry indicated that fresh food often spoiled before it reached the outpost.

Conditions were difficult for man and beast. In 1844, Ruggles also ordered "eight oxen slaughtered" because the garrison had insufficient shelter and feed to keep the animals alive through winter.

Another interesting fact---not part of the legend, is of Fanny's nephew, the son of Daniel and Richardetta, who was born in Keweenaw County...Mortimer Ruggles. Mortimer assisted John Wilkes Booth in his daring escape, after Booth had assassinated President Abraham Lincoln!!! Mortimer was arrested and sent to Old Capital Prison in Washington, DC. He was released under general amnesty declared by President Andrew Johnson....

Read story about Daniel Ruggles and life at Ft. Wilkins here: www.masslive.com/living/2016/11/lollygaggerlarge_mining_wmass_history_at_the_edge_of_lake_superio...

For more info on Mortimer Ruggles & his part in helping John Will Booth, he's in many books on Lincoln's assassination (e.g. Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by Edward Steers), Smithsonian archives, etc.
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Wednesday May 22nd, 2019 - 12:19 pm

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Wednesday May 22nd, 2019 - 11:53 am

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

That one time Michigan Tech University's freshman class had a nightshirt parade to Hancock's St. Joseph's School of Nursing...and got banned from setting foot in Hancock. The newspaper headline was "Frosh Run Wild!".

After the nightshirt parade of 1957, during what was called "Frosh Week", the school put an end to the late-night parade shenanigans which had been a tradition for many years...

During the early days at Michigan Tech, founded in 1888 as the Michigan Mining School, students lived off-campus (as there was no on-campus room & board). Most students rented rooms at private homes in East Houghton. Some students belonged to fraternities. The first fraternity was Sigma Rho’s Alpha Chapter, founded in 1892, it was also the first professional mining fraternity in the U.S. Food service was non-existent. The first on-campus dormitory was built in 1939 amid many in the community upset about losing the "town and gown" contact with students.

130 years ago, the 1889 Campus Rules included: No laughing, whistling, singing, or other disorderly conduct during school hours. Attend all classes, labs, and lectures or don't graduate. (MTU Centennial). If you broke a rule....goodbye and good luck, eh!

"Hi, there, waiter, Stein! Big beers! MCM engineers! Bevel gears! Devil keers! What the he*l....engineers!"
-Student cheer heard often at skating parties, picnics, and sporting events...during the school's early days.

#michigantech #wednesday

Source: 1985 MTU Centennial/MTU Archives
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That one time Michigan Tech Universitys freshman class had a nightshirt parade to Hancocks St. Josephs School of Nursing...and got banned from setting foot in Hancock. The newspaper headline was Frosh Run Wild!.

After the nightshirt parade of 1957, during what was called Frosh Week, the school put an end to the late-night parade shenanigans which had been a tradition for many years...

During the early days at Michigan Tech, founded in 1888 as the Michigan Mining School, students lived off-campus (as there was no on-campus room & board). Most students rented rooms at private homes in East Houghton. Some students belonged to fraternities. The first fraternity was Sigma Rho’s Alpha Chapter, founded in 1892, it was also the first professional mining fraternity in the U.S. Food service was non-existent. The first on-campus dormitory was built in 1939 amid many in the community upset about losing the town and gown contact with students. 

130 years ago, the 1889 Campus Rules included: No laughing, whistling, singing, or other disorderly conduct during school hours. Attend all classes, labs, and lectures or dont graduate. (MTU Centennial). If you broke a rule....goodbye and good luck, eh! 

Hi, there, waiter, Stein! Big beers! MCM engineers! Bevel gears! Devil keers! What the he*l....engineers!
 -Student cheer heard often at skating parties, picnics, and sporting events...during the schools early days. 

#michigantech #wednesday 

Source: 1985 MTU Centennial/MTU Archives

 

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My dad graduated from Michigan Tech in 1942. 😎

I spent three summers there, Carl! Calumet, and Copper Harbor. I was just there two weeks ago in Hancock and Houghton and Gratiot Lake for a family friend’s passing.

As a freshman in Fall, 1959, I remember our class trip very vividly, don’t recall any ban! But I don’t recall any in my final 5 years there!

I remember when I was in 5th grade or so MTU Freshman would attack upper class men at Mont Ripley tomato fight where frosh started at bottom and tried to work up. Once we kids asked the frosh if we could join them. After some hesitation they said OK but stay behind us. But that was our plan. We had our old rotten tomatoes started tossing them at the frosh men and then ran like hell to safety in the other direction.

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