Picture of Peninsula taken from NPS Visitor CenterIn this part of the US, coming from southern California is a definite disadvantage. Bob & I manage to pronounce all names as though they are Spanish. We call Bear’a.ga’ Bah.rah’.ga & no one knows where we are staying. Some locals even say they are going down to the Bear, meaning down to the casino!
Downtown Houghton, home of Michigan Tech
Houghton is pronounced Ho’ton, not huff.ton or how.ton. Names are Indian, French, or a combination of both, Métis. A sense of humor really helps.
Colorful mural in downtown Houghton
This mural was painted above the indoor sports arena where we purchase tickets for our ride on the Keweenaw Star for a wonderful tour of the Keweenaw Canal.
Sign in front of visiters center
Houghton is home to both the Michigan Technical University, a rather large campus of 7,000 and across the canal at Hancock, Finlandia University. These are by California standards, very old towns with a rich history.
Picture of remnants of mill taken from NPS headquarters
This picture was taken of the old mill & mine, across the canal which in its heyday was a very large copper mine.
Visitor center & shop
These pictures are taken in front of the mine now being used as a visitor center & shop.
The Keweenaw Star
Late afternoon marks our trip aboard the Keweenaw Star, which will go northwest toward Lake Superior. This particular cruise features a blues band, which unfortunately for me, cuts the historic dialogue usually given on this type of cruise.
Downtown Houghton as seen from the canal
Shorebank, downtown Houghton
The following pictures need no narrative. These are simply pictures of what we see on our trip up & down the canal. We hope you enjoy them.
The drawbridge did not open for us, The Keweenaw Star fit under easily
A very old city
Blues Band entertains us
Nearing Lake Superior to the west
Turning around & re-enterring the canal
Dusk arrives as we return to Houghton
Being treated to a full moon
The magical moment
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