Flashing Lindell's interior
A booth at Lindell's
After Lindell's we decided to make a run out to Bootjack to see where Bill's grandfather's cottage once stood. The state had taken the land for a boat launching area on Portage Lake, and the only possible sign is a bunch of large rocks that probably were part of his breakwater - not worth a picture, especially with a thunderstorm moving in. We did take a few shots of the house where Bill's grand parents lived and his mother grew up. This was originally a company house provided by the Calumet & Hecla mining company.
House, much updated - it just 'ain't the same'
Back to Lake Linden for a visit to the Houghton County Historical Society's research facilities, temporarily located in the basement of an old church due to some flash flooding. Bill did learn that most of the ancestors around in 1902 worked for C&H.
Next stop, Hancock, home of Finlandia University and the Finnish Heritage Center. It's also the home of the Kaleva Café, known for Finnish style pasties, which we naturally had for lunch. We got some good information on the role of Finnish immigrants and their descendants, as well as some pronunciation hints - the Finnish language is unrelated to any of Europe's big three families (Romance, Germanic, Slavic).
Back to Lake Linden, where we saw that the Historical Society museum was open. Interesting exhibits, and it has a short train ride available:
Dummy engine once used in the copper mines/mills
The varicolored Jacobsville sandstone
On the way back, we stopped at another institution, the Dreamland Hotel (ca 1913), where we shared a local beer.
The old hotel
The moose & muskie -they've been there as long as Bill can remember and likely much longer
We returned to Calumet to visit the Keweenaw National Historical Park visitor center. Bill found some information that a distant cousin in Finland would like. Then it was another excellent pastie, this time at Tony's in Laurium, a stop at a supermarket for some of that local beer, and back to the motel.
113 miles for the day, 1025.2 for the trip. Tomorrow it's Copper Harbor and return via scenic routes.