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Local Vintage Photographs

History Column Dave Petersen

I'm always on the lookout for vintage photos and postcards to help tell the stories of our areas history, and I come across them at odd times it seems, sometmes just after a story runs I find an image that I think would have been great to have published with the story. I was looking over some of those pictures this week and thought that it would be nice to share them with you. Some of these are seldom seen and you may have never seen these particular images.

PIC #1 PIC #2 A short time back we talked about one families round trip to the grist mill at the town of Lincoln taking 3 days from Sugar Grover Corners north of Scottville to Lincoln. Our first image shows the water wheel that operated the mill. Our second image is another view of the town of Lincoln from the bridge looking north. Both views are from around 1895 to 1900.

PIC#3 Our next image is a bit of a mystery, I have heard of this tree with the door and small room inside but really don't know anything in particular about it. Going out to Hamlin and the State park area for picnics and outings was a popular pastime for our residents around the turn of the century and when the personal camera became popular people took it along and had fun taking all types of candid photos. If anyone knows any of the details about this picnic spot please feel free to contact me about.

PIC#4 Here we have Mount Epworth prior to development, you can see the grade for the dummy train at the base of the dune but there are no cottages there yet.

PIC#5 Good photos of the dummy train are hard to find. You can really see how fragile the open cars are in this image. It helps us to understand how easily they could be damaged by the troop train from the National Guard in the 1907 collision. That accident helped spur the support for the hospital association to establish a hospital here. An open house is being planned for November 4th to celebrate the Hospital's centennial, with a historical display of photographs and artifacts included.

PIC#6 A popular picnic and summer outing destination was Old Baldy, this huge old sand dune was carted off one railroad car at a time until nothing was left.

PIC#7 The interesting thing about this photo is not the sailboat, but the buildings behind it that show us what old Finn town looked like sprawled out on the northern end of the Buttersville peninsula that was fondly referred to as the island. Close up views of the settlement are difficult to find.

I hope you enjoyed these views from my photo album of scenes from our past. If you have any stories or photos that you would like to share feel free to contact me at 757-3240 or davep@blackcreekpress.com

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