Hubbard Lake

Hubbard Lake

One of the tenth largest lakes in the state of Michigan Hubbard Lake provide the opportunity to fish for bass,yellow perch,tiger muskie,trout, and walleye.

There are many cottage homes around the lake shore, providing for winter ice fishing as well as summer angling. The lake is a favorite vacation spot for many Michiganders.

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Located in Alcona County in northern Michigan,it covers 8,850 acres and is two miles wide and seven miles long, and is eighty five feet deep at it’s maximum depth.

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The nearest town is Hubbard Lake on the north side of the lake, just a wide spot in the road with a couple of small stores and a gas station. The closest town of any size is Alpena about thirty miles away.

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Part of a large tract of land of more than six million acres that was ceded by the Ojibwa ,Ottawa and Potawatomi Indians to the United States in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw, it did’t become settled by white settlers until the 1830s.

 

 

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The lake has had several names,Bottomless Lake, Coral Lake and Alcona Lake.

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It was finally named Hubbard Lake in honor of Dr. Bela Hubbard a prominent geologist in the state of Michigan.

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Today it is a favorite spot to come and enjoy the scenery, fish, ski, or just chill out and forget the problems of the world.

 

 

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Remembering a simpler time, a time when neighbor knew neighbor and people helped each other.

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Bailey School, Alcona County Michigan

Typical of the schools from yesteryear, Bailey School was a one room school house that several different grades in the same room.

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One of few remaining one room schools in Michigan

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An easy to miss attraction , this is quite educational , especially to children who have never seen a one room school house.

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Built in 1907 of Norway pine, the Bailey School is one of the few remaining one-room, log schoolhouses still standing in Michigan.Much of teh school is still in working order, the school bell rings from atop the roof to summon students of history and to remember  simpler times.

Built at the site of C.A. Johnson Logging Camp west of Mikado for the children of the logging crews that harvested the plentiful timber in the area.

Bailey was  the name of a lumberman who was part of the crew that built the school and also  supervised moving it in 1913 to a site where it served the community until 1941.

Partial restoration began  in 1973, when the structure was disassembled,and moved, finally reaching it’s final destination  in 1998 to its current Sturgeon Point site.

It is furnished with items used during its time, including a recitation bench, desks, drinking pail and dipper, and coal stove.

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The old pump still works bringing water to the students as it did years ago.

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Back in a day when simple was the rule of life.

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No Ipods or cell phones here, texting was done the old fashioned way, by passing written notes behind the teachers back.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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Port Huron Michigan

In 1814, Fort Gratiot was established at the base of Lake Huron and was considered to be the first Euro-American population in the area. There was an Ojibwa reservation in part of the modern area of Port Huron until 1836. In later years Fort Gratiot was incorporated into Port Huron.

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Port Huron was the boyhood home of Thomas Edison who moved here in 1854.

 

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12 year old Thomas Edison rode the train daily to Detroit and back selling newspapers. He earned enough in a very short time to supplement his income and buy chemical and other items for his experiments. 

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The Grand Trunk Western Railroad tunnel was opened in 1891 and links Port Huron with Canada. This international ,so called submarine railway tunnel, was the first international tunnel in the world. The tunnel’s total length is 6,025 feet , with 2,290 feet  underwater. The tunnel operations were electrified in 1908 and then converted to diesel fuel in 1958. Tracks were lowered in 1949 to accommodate larger freight cars. During World War 1, a plot to blast the tunnel was foiled. In later years, a new tunnel was constructed.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors.

 

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Fort Michilimackinac at Mackinac Michigan

Michilimackinac is a name given to the region around the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan by the American Indians who originally settled in the area.

Ezekiel Solomon a native of Germany was the first Jewish settler in this area.

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In the  early days, the settlers of North America applied the term  to the entire region surrounding Lake Huron,Michigan and Lake Superior. Today the name mostly applies to the area within the state of Michigan.

Today, Fort Michilimackinac is a tourist site. Re-enactors portray historic activities of the French and English. An archeological dig at the site is open for viewing.

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The Chippewa and Ottawa Indians were the first to inhabit the area, the French came in 1612 and established trading posts and missions.

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The French established the fort and was later taken over by the British after the French and Indian war.

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Today, Fort Michilimackinac is a tourist site. Re-enactors portray historic activities of the French and English.  An archaeological dig at the site is open for viewing.

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More than just a military outpost, the oldest public building in Michigan served as home to soldiers and their families, and eventually became home to the Mackinac State Park.

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The War of 1812 had it’s first skirmish on Mackinac Island when British soldiers surprised and captured the Amderican out post.

It was abandoned by the British in 1781 and set aside as a village park in 1857

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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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Throughout man’s long history on earth,there has been one group of people who have carried the torch of liberty and freedom throughout the ages , from time immemorial until the present day. In these days their counsel is need more than ever.

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The Mackinac Point Light House

 Mackinac Point Lighthouse , one of the many wonders of northern Michigan.

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Even before the coming of European explorers, the Straits of Mackinac were a significant hazard to water-borne travelers. Consequently, before lighthouses, the   Ojibwa lit the shore with fires.

In the early 19th century, Traffic was increasing from Lake Huron . In 1829 the Bois Blanc Light House was constructed to both guide mariners in making the westerly turn and to warn them of shoals and shallows surrounding the island.

The first light was  a steam-powered fog signal which was replaced with an electric light in October 1892.

 

 

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Today, it houses the usual gift shop and tours are available to climb the tower.

 

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Climb the tower and breathe in the spectacular view .

Generations of visitors and light house keepers have enjoyed the spectacular views and the wonder of the area.

As you step  inside the lighthouse, many sights and sounds await you,hear the Victrola play pre-World War I tunes in a period-styled sitting room.

You can even explore nighttime navigation and Great Lakes’ shipwrecks.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money ,often a full time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income as well.

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The Mackinac Bridge

 Mackinac Bridge

The pride of every Michigander , The Mackinac Bridge stands out as one of the marvels of northern Michigan. In ancient times , the  Ojibwa tribe considered the area to be sacred. The Algonquian peoples, the Native Americans who lived in the straits area prior to the arrival of Europeans in the 17th century called this region Miciliamac, which is widely understood to mean the Great Turtle presumably named for the shape of Mackinac Island. I’m not sure since airplanes hadn’t been invented yet, they knew it was shaped like a turtle.

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That is easy to understand , because of the beauty, peace and calm surrounding the island and landscape, there is much reason to believe they were correct.

Opened on November 1,1957 , it spanned the straits of Mackinac to connect the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.

The bridge is currently the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world and the longest in the western hemisphere . All suspension bridges are designed to move to accommodate wind, change in temperature, and weight. It is possible that the deck at center span could move as much as 35 feet (east or west) due to high winds.

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This would only happen under severe wind conditions. The deck would not swing or “sway” but rather move slowly in one direction based on the force and direction of the wind. After the wind subsides, the weight of the vehicles crossing would slowly move it back into center position. The steel superstructure will support one ton per lineal foot per roadway (northbound or southbound).

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Certainly one of the most pristine locations in the United States, Mackinac Bridge is surrounded by natural beauty.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money ,often a full time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income as well.

Enjoy taking the photos you like with this handy dandy camera!

 

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Sturgeon Point Harrisville Michigan

 

Sturgeon Point, Michigan

Built in 1869 ,Sturgeon Point Light House is a lighthouse on Port Huron in Haynes township, Alcona county near Harrisville Michigan. It’s construction is a prime example of Cape Cod type light houses that were built on the Great Lakes.

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The location is roughly halfway between Alpena’s Thunder Bay Island and the northern entry to Saginaw Bay. Importantly, this point sits atop a formidable reef that is an imminent hazard to navigation.

Located in Sturgeon Point Scenic Site, a Michigan state park,the lighthouse is maintained and operated by the Alcona Historical Society,a private organization that funds the maintenance and operation with few public funds.

The light house is normally open during the summer , but it closes daily at 3 PM, so be sure to go early. There is a small fee, used to cover liability insurance. 

Along with the small admission fee, a strawberry social is held at the Bailey School every June to help cover the costs of operation.

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Be sure to spend a few minutes enjoying the scenery, you will be glad you did.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

 money photography

This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money ,often a full time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income as well.