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Article 351 History Column Dave Petersen When you are poking around on the internet don't forget to go to the Library of Congress Website. http://www.loc.gov there you will find many things to peak your interest from sound recordings to maps and thousands of vintage photographs. One of the Photo collections comprises about 25,000 images from the Detroit Publishing Company. These pictures were scanned from glass negatives in many instances and are available for download and printing for free. Most of the images in the collection are pre 1923 and are in the public domain. I've looked through and picked out some Western Michigan views for today's column. Unfortunately they did not have any pictures from Ludington but there are a lot of others to look at and some very incredible and unique views. Today's pictures are courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, 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 The Pere Marquette Railroad Station in Charlevoix is a beautiful building and brings back images of an earlier and more elegant time. From the ticket taker to the porter and the conductor, service was ever on their minds as they catered to their travelers along the Pere Marquette Route. Pic2 A view of Lake Street in Petoskey Michigan illustrates the similarity of many of the main streets around the turn of the 20th century. Many towns all experienced the same types of fires that would decimate large sections of the lumbering shanty towns that sprang up in the 1860's to 1880's and were rebuilt using brick in most cases and similar architecture. Pic3 The Steamer Peerless at Mackinac Island was one of many steamers and lake cruises that brought visitors from all over the country to see the wonders of Mackinac Island. One of the advertisements of a Mackinac cruise offered tickets for 15 days of travel on the steamers for 10.00. Of course staterooms were extra and meals a la carte. Pic4 The Mackinac Island Lighthouse stands as a lonely sentinel overlooking the straights near the island. Lighthouses such as this one were essential in the early days of navigation before radar and GPS became common. One still does have to watch where they are going though as evidenced by the number of boats hitting the breakwall. Pic5 The Albert Soper is loading lumber at Menominee Michigan, these lumber hookers as they were called transported a tremendous amount of lumber to the urban markets. Note how it is stacked on the deck, as long as the load was secure all was right but let it shift and the load and the ship could be lost. Pic6 The Pere Marquette 17 on excursion is coming into an unknown Western Michigan dock filled with travelers waiting for her arrival.

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