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« Reply #120 on: April 07, 2018, 09:59:48 AM »

I can vaguely remember this.  We only lived about 18 miles from the airport but it could have been a million miles for all I knew.  We didn't know anyone that died so it was just something that filled the local paper and radio and television news for several days.  It was the early era of turbo prop airliners and I never did fly on a Viscount although I would ultimately fly a few later turboprops in and out of that same airport during my Army days. 

Here are links to a couple of different articles from yesterday.  One from Mlive and one from the local Midland Newspaper.  The airport is technically at Auburn but is considered the 'Tri City' (Midland, Bay City, Saginaw) airport.  Midland is the smallest of the 'tri' but is the closest to Auburn. 

http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2018/04/60_years_ago_47_died_at_mbs_in.html


https://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/The-crash-of-Flight-67-was-60-years-ago-12811196.php
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« Reply #121 on: April 14, 2018, 11:57:35 AM »

Although the ship served on Lake Michigan it carried Pere Marquette Railroads freight cars.  The Pere Marquette Railroad had a major presence in Monroe County at the time with the large yard just south of Erie and between The Dixie and Telegraph Roads.

When we would ride the ferry over to Wisconsin my Mom always preferred this one since there was more to do and it had more comfortable accommodations. 

https://www.ourmidland.com/lifestyles/article/Throwback-City-of-Midland-car-ferry-11303094.php#photo-13271542
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« Reply #122 on: April 19, 2018, 08:57:15 AM »

Seems like as soon as there are two or more motor vehicles in one location it doesn't take long before someone is boasting "mine is faster than yours" ! 

A nice article from Mlive with 30 motor sports locations around the state.  I remember a few more they didn't mention so I'll have to go do some digging to see if those are still open.

http://www.mlive.com/expo/erry-2018/04/024cc067759785/30_michigan_mustsee_tracks_to.html
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« Reply #123 on: June 06, 2018, 10:32:59 AM »

This metropark is just south of Monroe County.  I did know some of the history involved with the Stranahan family but this article goes into a lot more depth.

http://historymysteryman.com/the-story-of-the-stranahans-champion-spark-plug-and-the-preservation-of-wildwood/
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« Reply #124 on: June 07, 2018, 10:31:39 AM »

BRD,  I've been there many times.  The trails are nice and always busy.  My dept when i worked use to have staff meetings in the Manor House a couple of times a year.
The house has a very nice shooting range in the basement..
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« Reply #125 on: June 07, 2018, 07:48:22 PM »

BRD,  I've been there many times.  The trails are nice and always busy.  My dept when i worked use to have staff meetings in the Manor House a couple of times a year.
The house has a very nice shooting range in the basement..

We've been to the park for a few family gatherings but never made it to the Manor House.  I'll put that on my list of things to do in Toledo 'some day'!
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« Reply #126 on: June 07, 2018, 09:14:38 PM »

I haven't read the link you provided yet.  But maybe it mentions they decorate the Manor house for the holidays.  The Mrs may enjoy that..
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« Reply #127 on: June 08, 2018, 05:54:24 AM »

I haven't read the link you provided yet.  But maybe it mentions they decorate the Manor house for the holidays.  The Mrs may enjoy that..

I don't recall that the article mentions the holiday decorations. 

There was something about the shooting range.  Seems like maybe it originally was an indoor pool.

They did mention that when they built the house they also built a dam in the Ottawa River and diverted part of the flow to the house and then they used the cool river water as part of an air conditioning system for the house. 
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« Reply #128 on: June 22, 2018, 09:44:14 AM »

If you're over around the Marshal area some people might find this an interesting stop.  We were over there in December and I found while looking for interurban history.  Unfortunately they are closed in the winter.  We'll be heading back at some point.

https://www.mlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2018/06/inside_michigans_gasoline_muse.html
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« Reply #129 on: July 05, 2018, 09:47:18 AM »

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« Reply #130 on: July 05, 2018, 11:08:18 AM »

On our 'road trip' Tuesday we spent some time in Morenci looking at and for some more 'rail' history.

Morenci did have a link on the interurban that connected it to Toledo and thereafter 'the world'!

It also had a stop on the Canada Southern although that line ended just a few miles away in Ohio...

well short of their target destination of Chicago! 

The Chicago Southern is the same railroad that ran on the north side of Deerfield and Petersburg and across the road from Flip's. 

The old interurban station is in pretty good condition and still in it's original location.  The freight station for the CS line has been moved to the same location as the interurban station.  The freight station has had a coat of red 'barn' paint but it's still a bit rough and sitting up on blocks. 

I'm going to have to make another trip back for more research but I think I now know where the freight station was originally.  We were able to somewhat follow the former rail line 'cross country' on our way home. 

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http://www.michiganrailroads.com/stations-locations/110-lenawee-county-46/1252-morenci-mi
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« Reply #131 on: July 05, 2018, 11:22:54 AM »

This is a photo of the old Morenci freight station from 2012.  Looks like they were in the process of priming and painting it then.  They finished painting it but it looks pretty much the same otherwise.




We were literally 'beat' by the time we got to this point and decided right away we would stay in the air conditioned truck and look out at the 90 plus degree 'history'.  We'll go back on a more comfortable day and look things over closer. 

This photo is of the interurban station in Morenci and is dated 2006.  Appears to have been for sale at that time.  This was before they moved the freight station.  I'm sure like most of any of these historical salvage projects they're always short of money and help! 



Both of the above photos are from http://www.railroadmichigan.com/rrd_mnop.html  That appears to be the 'M' cities in Michigan and lots of other neat and historic photos including a few of the now all gone stations here in Monroe.
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« Reply #132 on: July 05, 2018, 11:47:35 AM »

If I did this right this link should take you to a Google 'street view' of the two train stations.  The current photo was taken in 2015.

https://goo.gl/maps/hvvUu9vzPaq
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« Reply #133 on: July 05, 2018, 06:20:55 PM »

Lots of info of 'the good old days' about a man that worked on the interurban in Morenci.

https://statelineobserver.com/local-stories/194-working-on-the-railroad-ross-stong
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« Reply #134 on: July 13, 2018, 01:01:48 PM »

I saw this on twitter.  It's a late 1600s French map of Lake Superior.  Although it's far from accurate by modern standards it was surprisingly accurate for the time and considering what little equipment they had to work with. 



Here's a link to a larger version:

https://jcb.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/detail/JCBMAPS~1~1~1227~115900905:Lac-Svperievr-et-avtres-lievx-ou-so;JSESSIONID=1f345262-c3c5-4188-953e-1205d3358aea?sort=normalized_date%2Cfile_name%2Csource_author%2Csource_title&cic=JCBMAPS~1~1
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