The other Upper Peninsula

Hunters at Breitung Hunting Camp, circa 1921, pose with their guns next to their kill.

Story by Jon Magnuson

Illustrations by Diana Magnuson

Photos courtesy of Marquette Regional History Center

This past summer, close to a hundred of us—local residents, tourists, and history buffs—crowded into Big Bay’s historic Thunder Bay Inn for an entertaining evening, viewing projected old photos of camps grand lodges, and cabins in the Upper Peninsula.

Hosted by the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve as a fundraiser to support work protecting the natural resources of Marquette County, it turned out to be a delightful night, framed with story telling by master historian Jack Deo. Plenty of applause and laughter filled the inn’s Great Room, echoing out over miles of forest canopy covering the nearby reclusive Huron Mountain Club.

The ghosts of Henry Ford, Cyrus McCormick, Louis Kaufman and Thomas Edison were smiling.  Those colorful personalities, once frequent visitors to the Upper Peninsula, were honored with hundred-year-old photos of their elegant summer residences. Oohs and ahs from the audience punctuated the presentation with applause and an occasional “My grandfather, helped build that staircase!”

That evening, my wife and I brought with us two guests, Bob and Louise, who were visiting from New Mexico. They are close friends with whom we often exchange reflections of straight-up candor, part of an equation that makes such friendships so special….

To read the full story, please pick up a copy of this months Marquette Monthly at one of our distribution outlets.

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