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Keweenaw Peninsula Trail Report – 02/08

KEWEENAW PENINSULA UPDATE via Keweenaw Trail Reports​ – 2/8

Today:
✅ great trails
✅ beautiful day
✅ delicious food
✅ awesome people

My only question is when can we do it again?

Riding Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula was absolutely beautiful today! Miles and miles of nothing but smiles! Great food and an awesome staff at The Mariner North to refuel us for a night of riding and chasing the beautiful full moon!

Let us know where you rode today and how it was…… or when you have an upcoming trip planned for!

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Sunday April 5th, 2020 - 9:20 pm

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Sidnaw, Michigan is located in southern Houghton County. Sidnaw is an Indian word meaning "small hill by a creek". The town was the epicenter of Henry Ford's logging empire. Land in Sidnaw became a big piece of Ford's 400,000 acres of timberland. In 1920, Ford built a lumber camp in Sidnaw, “the likes of which no sober lumberjack had ever dreamed,” wrote Ford. Lumberjacks had what was then considered to be luxurious accomodations for lumberjacks. The men slept in bunkhouses with heat and electricity. Smoking and drinking were prohibited, and laundry was available for $5 per pay period. Locals nicknamed Ford’s Sidnaw lumberjacks.... “lumber ladies.” Henry Ford was proud of Sidnaw and would even bring his friends to visit....friends like Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone.

Sidnaw was also home to the Civilian Conservation Corps which in February 1944 became Camp Sidnaw, a work camp for 250 German POWs. They lived here between February 1944 to April 1946. These German POWs were mostly young men who were drafted into the Nazi movement, not believers in the Nazi party or sharing its ideology. These young men grew to take pride in their work (lumber) and grew close with the guards and the locals. Locals delivered them gifts and food. The POWs played sports like hockey for the first time as well as learning musical instruments. When the war was over many wanted to stay, but they had to be sent back per the Geneva Convention. Guards sent their former "prisoners" care packages, and some maintained long friendships, writing letters back and forth. Irrespective of their various political, social ideologies they were joined by their common humanity to want peace.

Today there are remnants of a guard tower and other various structures. There are scenic trails and waterfalls nearby too.

Jumbo Falls:
www.waterfallsofthekeweenaw.com/jumbo-river/jumbo-falls/

Photo Sources:
Library of Congress
Henry Ford Museum
MTU Archives
Sources:
Camp Sidnaw Prisoner of War Camp by Clarence Monette
Library of Congress Archives

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Me in front of POW Guard Tower around 2008 or 2009.

There is also an abandon iron mine nearby “The Taylor Mine”. I believe it shut down in 1929. .....No...excuse me...that was Alberta I was thinking of.

Five dollars A DAY? Really?! That’s a ton of money in Henry Ford’s time. Works out to $75 in today’s dollars.

I enjoyed the read, Kim. Thanks for sharing. 👏🏻👏🏻

I visited the site a few years ago. Subsequently I read that there were plans to remove the guard tower for preservation at a different site. Does anyone know what actually happened?

Would like to know more about those. I know about Pequaming and Kingsford but but not about mine oor specific logging locations. Fascinating stuff!

I live in Florida. But my heart is in Rousseau. Grand folks had a bar in that area. Sidnaw

Wow what piece of Michigan history I just learned about. Thank you

Thanks for sharing , always enjoy learning about towns in the UP.

I attended Bible Camp Nesbitt for two weeks ,for 4 or 5 summer, in the 1940's. Loved the experience.

Very Cool, Have driven through Sidnaw a few times and never knew. Henry Ford sure Changed Michigan.

This was a great little read.

Everyone stop in the historical building on main street in sidnaw, lots of good reading in there.

Very cool. My bride and I will visit this summer.

Super interesting. Thank you for sharing!

Great piece of history!

This is a great story

Jack Kotila, I know Clarence Monette wrote all of those Copper Country history books, but I don’t know where I know him from. Was he in the 107th?

All to get his way into the Huron mountain club

Al Capone enjoyed Sidnaw as well

Very interesting!

Where is the guard house?

I was thinking the same, Jim

Very interesting

Interesting!

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Sunday April 5th, 2020 - 12:12 pm

Western & Southern UP Trail Reports

My ol merc peeking through the snow. It's just a yard ornament.
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My ol merc peeking through the snow. Its just a yard ornament. 
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We had one of those! What a tank, nothing like the famed Sno-twisters that followed.

That was my first sled in the 70's. It ran forever.

Cool, I had a white sno twister back in the 80s I sold .🛷👍❄

Mercury this is !!

Had a hurricane 644! Tank.

I had 2 of those

Jeff Ortman here is a Mercury for ya

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Sunday April 5th, 2020 - 9:23 am

Western & Southern UP Trail Reports

The Great Lakes states are crushing this stay at home order.
👌 nice work everyone! ❤️
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The Great Lakes states are crushing this stay at home order.
👌 nice work everyone! ❤️

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It's probably due to the lakes. Where else are there large areas where no one lives.

That’s because we leave our phones at home cause there is no cell service where we go 😊

Tracking us.. read up on 5g cell service.. don’t think it’s just gonna be faster for ya 🤦‍♂️

Considering most of NY and PA are shut down....

And yet the death count is 3rd in the nation......

Yeah right!

Brian Krebs

Fakeee

Its also not that nice out yet either. I can say around Appleton way too many ppl are still out and about.

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Saturday April 4th, 2020 - 9:24 pm

Keweenaw Trail Reports

Important information from the Keweenaw ATV Club

Please remember that the trails north of Calumet open May 1st.Please remember. Trails North of Calumet open May 1st.
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Important information from the Keweenaw ATV Club 

Please remember that the trails north of Calumet  open May 1st.
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