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Article-309 History Column Dave Petersen I spent part of the evening with Doug Kelly this week going through some of his photographs of the Ludington area. He has quite a nice collection of some exceptional views that he wanted to share with our readers and I'll be using pictures from his collection over the next couple weeks. Some were family pictures and some are from the time when his mother worked for the Daily News some years past that she obtained copies of and saved for us to enjoy. If you see Doug thank him for sharing these great views. If you have photographs to share with our readers please contact me at 757-3240, e-mail to davep@blackcreekpress.com, or mail in care of the Ludington Daily News, P.O. Box 340, Ludington, MI, 49431 Pic1 There was a time that the Lifesaving Service had a station north of the Beach House at the State Park. Grand Au Sable and at that time the river curved around and emptied in Lake Michigan near that station. Pictured are the CCC boys hauling sand to fill in the marshy area where the current concession, beach and picnic area are on Hamlin Lake. Pic2 This could very well have been Ludington's first semi truck outside of the Weyenburg Shoe factory on South James Street. The building was most recently the home of Atkinson's Manufacturing before its conversion to Condos. While I'm not a fan of Condos I do appreciate any effort to convert architecture rather than tearing it down. Pic3 The Schooner Mercury is being loaded with a shipment of lumber here in Ludington. If you look at the background you can see the Buttersville Penninsula as well as Finn Town. The Mercury was under the command of Captain Stirling in 1885 when John Anderson was washed overboard in a storm. The raging waves and undertow propelled him back toward the ship where he was able to grab a port quarter fender and climb back aboard the ship. Pic4 This is a good view of the Pierce Manufacturing which was located across from the present City Park at the SW corner of Gaylord and Ludington Avenue. The building was originally James Ludington's Big Store and eventually converted to a broom making factory. Eventually the structure was torn down about 1916. Pic5 We couldn't pass the 70th anniversary of one of the greatest storms of the 20th Century without at least one view of the City of Flint beached after missing the channel in 1940. The Coast Guard boat pictured here had just returned after recovering bodies from the William B. Davock that had been spotted in the surf. Pic6 Once Smokey Road ran along the shore of Pere Marquette Lake, west of Harbison Walker up to the area now occupied by Dow. There were a row of houses at one time but this picture shows a pre development era of the area. You can see the hills over to the north of Iris Road and if you follow that around you can see where the PM park is at the base of the hill going to Buttersville Penninsula.

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