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An Almost Complete History of Michigan–Ok, Mostly the Upper Peninsula

Jan 26, 2016 | Leave a comment

It’s Michigan’s 179th birthday! Which also means it’s the Upper Peninsula’s 179th birthday. To celebrate we’re giving a bit of history lesson. We sure learned lots in this process. We’ve compiled highlights from every year since Michigan’s admittance into statehood in 1837. But as we know, this just a small piece of Michigan’s rich history. Please share your additions in the comments below. Now go do something a Michigander or a Yooper would do. Eat … Read more

Edmund Fitzgerald

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Nov 10, 2015 | Leave a comment

The SS Edmund Fitzgerald in the St. Mary’s River in May, 1975. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, by Bob Campbell, Grand Ledge, Michigan. Forty years ago the Edmund Fitzgerald foundered on Lake Superior, about 17 miles from the entrance of Whitefish Bay.  All 29 crew members passed away. The Edmund Fitzgerald was christened on June 8, 1958 where more than 15,000 people attended its launch.  The ship made regular routes between Duluth, … Read more

MLB players

Yoopers in Major League Baseball

Jun 25, 2014 | Leave a comment

In the grand scheme of all the MLB players there haven’t been many who grew up in the Upper Peninsula. However, there have been fourteen MLB players born or raised in the Upper Peninsula, and that’s pretty impressive! Especially considering how short summers can be. As you can see four of them were born in before 1900. The most recent player to see MLB action is Mike Bordick who played 102 games with the Toronto Blue Jays … Read more

Define Yooper

‘Yooper’ added to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

Mar 25, 2014 | Leave a comment

It’s official, the word Yooper will now appear in the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. The news was announced on Monday, March 24. We owe a big thanks and about 67 pasties (call us Steve!) to Steve Parks of Gladstone. For ten years he has been campaigning to have Yooper added to the dictionary after a discussion that ensued while playing Yooper during a friendly game of Scrabble. Success! Steve will join a cast of people who have … Read more

1960 Olympic Hockey Team

Weldy Olson: Yooper, Spartan, Olympic Gold Medalist

Feb 20, 2014 | Leave a comment

Recently, we were fortunate to catch up with Weldy Olson, a Marquette native who was a member of the USA gold medal winning team at the 1960 Winter Olympics. Before we share a little more about Weldy (gotta love that nickname!), let’s take a brief look at some hockey history in the Upper Peninsula. Hockey is a long standing tradition in the Upper Peninsula. A tradition rich in history, and the birthplace of professional hockey … Read more

Calumet Wolverines vs Portage Lake Pioneers

Celebrating 100 Years of Hockey at the Calumet Colosseum

Jan 5, 2014 | Leave a comment

There are few rivalries in sports that date back as far as the Calumet Wolverines and Portage Lake Pioneers. The claim has been made that it’s the oldest rivalry in hockey, and we’re sticking to that belief. That rivalry is so old that it existed before there was a place to play hockey indoors. Local hockey legends have made their mark. Countless teeth have been lost. And there have likely been as many Gordie Howe hat … Read more

35 Upper Peninsula books to add to your reading list

Dec 28, 2013 | Leave a comment

Whether you’re reading up on the history of the Upper Peninsula or looking for some new places to explore this year, it’s always a good idea to have a few Upper Peninsula books lying around. I recently received the Upper Peninsula Almanac as a gift. Great work by Ron Jolly and Karl Bohnak. I’ve been keeping it on my coffee table and pick it up regularly to read just a few pages at a time … Read more

Christmas, Michigan

The History of Christmas, Michigan

Dec 25, 2013 | Leave a comment

According to a poll taken earlier this year, Christmas is the favorite town name in the Upper Peninsula. Here is a map of Christmas for those of you from outside of the Upper Peninsula who may not be familiar with Christmas. It is located NW of Munising, about a 5-minute drive along M-28. The town of Christmas has booming population of about 400. Ok, perhaps it’s not “booming”, but on a business night at the … Read more

Italian Hall, Calumet, Michigan

100 Years Ago, The Italian Hall Disaster

Dec 8, 2013 | Leave a comment

This post was contributed by Lucy Hough, a freelance writer from Marquette. She’s also a master’s student at NMU. You can follow her on Twitter at @yes_lucy. Photo courtesy of Michigan Tech archives. From an early age, we learn that to needlessly yell “Fire!” in a public space is dangerous, and, more, against the law. This law has groundings in the tragic incident that happened in Calumet in 1913, 100 years ago this December. The … Read more

Henry B. Smith

Great Lakes storm of 1913

Nov 7, 2013 | Leave a comment

“The ill-fated Henry B Smith that was sunk in the Big Storm of November 1913. She is shown in Ashtabula Harbor in this 1910 postcard,”  Boat Nerd.  The Henry B Smith took all 25 lives on board, sinking off shore near Marquette, MI.  The ship has never been found, and is estimated to be 20-30 miles north of Marquette in deep waters. It’s been 100 years since this epic storm blew across the Great Lakes. … Read more

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