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Winter Layups

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Alpena, Michigan.
Shipping on the Great Lakes has always been seasonal. The poor visibility, heavy seas and ice that came each year with the gales of November prompted ship owners and captains in the 1800s to "lay up" their ships. Every . . .

(Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

The Third Ward

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Alpena, Michigan.
Located across the river from where you are standing is an area known historically as Alpena's Third Ward. The first dwellings there were erected in 1858 or '59 at the river's edge, while the majority of the land remained . . .

(Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Thunder Bay River Lumber Industry

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Alpena, Michigan.
From 1858 to 1926, Thunder Bay served as a major center of the Great Lakes lumber trade. Schooners and steamers shipped lumber around the Great Lakes and to eastern cities. Beginning in 1845, Thunder Bay Island also served . . .

(Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 5 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Delaware & Hudson Canal Company Office Building

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Carbondale, Pennsylvania.
This structure was built in 1832 as an office for the Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Canal Company. Between 1829 and 1898, the D&H gravity railroad carried coal from mines to markets, and passengers from Carbondale to other . . .

(Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Thunder Bay Fishing Industry

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Alpena, Michigan.
The first known fishing camp near Alpena was established on Thunder Bay Island in 1835. By the 1840s, both Thunder Bay Island and nearby Sugar Island served as a base for the area's fishing fleet, comprised entirely of . . .

(Animals • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Propellers

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Alpena, Michigan.
The screw steamer or "propeller" first appeared on the Great Lakes in the 1840s. These vessels featured wooden hulls and shallow bottoms like early sidewheelers, but their steam engines powered one or more screw propellers . . .

(Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Alpena City Hall

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Alpena, Michigan.
Located on the Government Square, City Hall remains one of Alpena’s most prominent structures. In 1904 when the city council chose to construct the building of Bedford (Indiana) limestone rather than local limestone or . . .

(Government) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

St. Bernard Catholic Church

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Alpena, Michigan.
In 1861 Bishop Frederic Baraga (1797-1868) trod through snow and icy waters from Sault Ste. Marie to Alpena where he founded a Catholic church. However, it was not until 1866 that Father Patrick Murray became the first . . .

(Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Milton Caniff

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Hillsboro, Ohio.
Creator of some of America's favorite cartoon characters, Milton Caniff was born in Hillsboro in 1907 and graduated from Ohio State University in 1930. He created his first comic strip in 1932 for the Associated Press . . .

(Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Steaming Open the Frontier

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Alpena, Michigan.
Steam power first appeared on the Great Lakes in 1818. The earliest "steamers" were expensive to build and operate. Constructed of wood, the vessels had shallow bottoms and were powered by large sidewheels. For a time, these . . .

(Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Alcona County Review

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Harrisville, Michigan.
The first issue of the Alcona County Review was published on April 27, 1877 by publisher James K. Fairchild. Nine publishers and 140 years later, the Review is the oldest continuously run business in Alcona County. . . .

(Communications • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Sinking Spring Veterans Memorial

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Sinking Spring, Ohio.
Veterans Memorial dedicated to the men and women from our community who honorably served the armed forces of our country

(Military) Includes location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Harrisville Depot

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Harrisville, Michigan.
In 1883, Russell Alger formed the Detroit, Bay City and Alpena Railroad. In 1895 it was combined with the Alpena and Northern to form the Detroit and Mackinaw Rail Company. In 1900 depot sites were selected at Greenbush and . . .

(Architecture • Man-Made Features • Notable Buildings • Railroads & Streetcars) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Konotin-Iosco

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Tawas City, Michigan.
Erected 1923 by the citizens of the county to commemorate the organization in 1840 of Iosco County and the establishing in 1856 of the first Post Office in the county with Gideon O. Whittemore as Postmaster. “History is the . . .

(Political Subdivisions) Includes complete text, location, directions, 5 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Governor Andrew G. Curtin signed an act on March 30, 1866, establishing a commission to improve water quality and restore migratory fish passage. It serves as a leader for national initiatives, including state fish . . .

(Law Enforcement • Natural Resources • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Ralph W. Abele

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Conservation leader and Pennsylvania Fish Commission executive director, 1972-87. Abele’s “Resource First” philosophy strengthened the agency’s mission to protect, conserve, and enhance water quality, improve fish passage, . . .

(Environment • Natural Resources • Notable Persons • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Harris' Ferry

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
On the river bank, a short distance west of this stone, was the landing place of Harris’ Ferry, the most historic crossing place on the Susquehanna. A great part of the early migration into Western Pennsylvania and the Ohio . . .

(Colonial Era • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

The Court House Bell

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
From 1861 to 1929, from the cupola of the old Dauphin County Court House, this bell rang out its message to the people of Harrisburg. Cast by Meneely’s of West Troy, New York

(Notable Buildings) Includes location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Facts about the Delaware & Hudson Canal 1828-1898

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near Hawley, Pennsylvania.
It took nearly three years (spring of 1826 to fall of 1828) to build the Delaware & Hudson Canal primarily with German, Scotch, and Irish immigrant labor with the help of horses, hand tools and unpredictable black powder. . . .

(Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Delaware & Hudson Canal Company Boat Outline

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near Hawley, Pennsylvania.
The wooden stakes with white rope in front of you, show the size of a D & H Canal Co. boat after 1850, when they were eighty-nine feet long and fourteen and a half feet wide. At the stern (back end) was a small cabin which . . .

(Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.
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