Category Archives: archaeology

Don’t erase industrial heritage, embrace it!


In many post-industrial American cities, the legacy of their manufacturing might is too often gradually rusting away or being erased from memory in the hopes that new developments will somehow rekindle a once proud past. As a result, significant aspects … Continue reading

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Iconic ironmaking furnace stacks of stone


The following list and accompanying photographs identify those iconic ironmaking blast furnace stacks that remain standing in the United States. Most of these monumental structures were built between the 1770s and 1880s. The quality of their construction (mostly with a … Continue reading

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Once roaring iron furnace or iron forge named towns


The following list identifies villages, hamlets, and communities named for local iron furnaces and forges that operated during the 18th and 19th centuries. There were a number of other furnaces and forges, but their either wasn’t an adjacent community or … Continue reading

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Favorite historic trails to hike or bike


Presented below are my eleven favorite “historic” hiking and biking trails that have been visited thus far in the United States. The Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Marquette County, Michigan is my personal favorite, though each of these trails are … Continue reading

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Working list – America’s tallest and grandest mesas


The following is a working list that will be updated from time to time until complete. Those mesas shown in bold are the tallest in that state. Most data remaining to be added are from Arizona and New Mexico. Mesa … Continue reading

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Favorite historic mining towns visited to date


Favorite historic mining towns are presented in alphabetical order after the top three, which are immediately below. The list does not include historic mining towns that are now ghost towns. Here are the top three favorites to date: Marquette, Michigan … Continue reading

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Ten+ planning lessons from “remarqable” Marquette, Michigan


Before going through the twelve planning lessons listed below, it must be noted that for many years, Marquette has been at the top of my list of favorite cities in Michigan, as well as the at the top of my … Continue reading

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Scenic views from Michigan’s U.P.


These images are from in and around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. More to come.

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Everyone loves an adorable tugboat!


From Canada to Australia, from Russia to the United Kingdom, and from South Africa to the USA, the entire world loves an adorable tugboat. The varied images of youth-oriented book covers, animated television series, poems, and motion pictures provided below … Continue reading

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Our quest for the “Metropolis” under East Bay waters


  Since moving to Michigan 27 years ago, I have been intrigued by the history and lore of the Great Lakes. This includes the lighthouses, sand dunes, ore docks, freighters, bridges, geology, and many other facets of this vast waterborne … Continue reading

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