Logging and Iron Ore country

Trip Start Nov 15, 2011
Trip End Nov 14, 2012

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Summer Breeze RV Park

Flag of United States  , Michigan
Saturday, June 30, 2012

We stayed an extra day at Kewaunee to wait for the new part for the trailer.  Once the rear jack motor had been replaced on Friday morning we headed north again, to Iron Mountain in Michingan, where we have found a great little campground - the railway line runs right through it!  So far though we have only seen one train, a logging train that went through last night.  As it was Christine's birthday we went into town and had a very nice dinner.

Today we drove to Laona, back in Wisconsin, to the Lumberjack Steam Train.  This used to be an old logging railroad so we assumed that they would be running a Shay, but instead the train was hauled by a Vulcan.  However, we decided not to take a ride - $21 for 10 minutes did seem a bit expensive.  Instead we drove to Norway (yes, really), and Piers Gorge where we enjoyed a walk through the woods alongside the Menominee River, and watched some people rafting through the rapids.

Back in Iron Mountain we visited the Cornish Pump and Mining Museum, and the WWII Glider and Military Museum.  The Menomee Iron Range was one of the greatest iron districts in the region, shipping nearly 7 million tons at its peak.  Today only ruins remain.  The Cornish Pumping Engine used here was so named because it was patterned after the engines used in Cornwall's mines.  Now we know why there are so many pastie shops in the area!

The WWII museum was small but very interesting.  It also contained a couple of Model T Fords as Henry Ford set up a body manufacturing plant in nearby Kingsford, WI, in the early 1920s, as well as a sawmill.  As car sales dwindled in the 1940s the plant turned to the manufacture of gliders for the war.

We stopped off at Badwater Lake for a stroll through the woods along the lakeshore before returning to the campsite.  After dinner this evening we will be exploring the camp's nature trail, then joining the 'Ice Cream Social'.

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