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Installations

There are many military installations such as forts, bases, missile parks, shipbuilders and dockyards throughout the great lakes.  Here is what we are writing about lately.

  • Detroit Arsenal Patton Tank Thomas CauleyIn 1940 the United States realized that they needed a armored division separate from the infantry so they decided to build the Detroit Tank Arsenal Plant in the winter of 1940 ...
  • Dow Chemical and Agent Orange Cody ChartierThe Dow Chemical Company is one of the largest chemical companies in the world, with its headquarters and main plant in Midland, Michigan. It is an international company that has ...
  • Fort Holmes Tyler PlominskiFort Holmes was a military fort on Mackinac Island in Lake Huron that was a major part of the defense of the island. The fort does not have a long ...
  • Fort Wilkins – Post Military Use Josh LeskinenLocated towards the top of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Copper Harbor, MI are the remaining structures of Fort Wilkins. Fort Wilkins is Michigan’s northernmost fort constructed in the 1840’s, originally ...
  • Clam Lake, WI ELF Transmitter Daniel Olson  During the Cold War, the United States (U.S.) needed to be able to communicate with its nuclear submarines in the depths of the worlds’ oceans. If they were needed to ...
  • General Dynamics Land Systems Jordan ZondlakWhen wars, national disaster, and other conflicts arise across the globe, who says a person are destined to become a soldier when they could instead become an engineer. Wartime production ...
  • Camp Germfask, Germfask MI Kelsey CoonCamp Germfask, Germfask MICamp Germfask is a forgotten Civilian Conservation Corps camp located in Germfask, Michigan. During World War II, the camp was used to house conscientious objectors. It was a small camp, ...
  • Detroit Arsenal: Birthplace of American Tank Warfa… Jake HendricksIn order to counter the German’s superior Tigers and Panzers, the U.S. had to roll out many, many more tanks. This was achieved through the massive assembly line known as ...
  • Wurtsmith Air Force Base Britton BorlaceThe Wurtsmith Air Force Base a very important air force base in Michigan during Second World War. Renamed Oscoda Army Air Field and containing 3 hard-surface concrete runways, during World ...
  • St Paul, MN Fort Snelling Alex HerbstAt the end of World War II, Fort Snelling was the home for the Military Intelligence Service School (MISLS). The students were Japanese Americans also called Nisei, who became the ...
  • Fort Shelby/Fort Detroit Kenzie PerttuFort Shelby, also known as Fort Detroit, was an important installment during the War of 1812 that is often forgot about. Ownership of Fort Detroit bounced back and forth between ...
  • Sidnaw, MI WWII POW Camp Jacob PietiIn the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,  one mile west of the small town of Sidnaw, a POW Camp held 251 Germans from February of 1944 until April of 1946. ...
  • Massacre at Fort Dearborn, Chicago Michael FoetischFort Dearborn sits on Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive by the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago. It was near the site of the Fort Dearborn Massacre on August 15, ...
  • Fort Custer and the Cold War: Negative Effects of … Charles LubitzIt is no secret that Hazing is a problem for any organization. This is epically true for any branch of the military. Organization leaders tend to look at it as ...
  • Mesabi Range Mines, Minnesota 1939-1945 Paul BaldwinThe Mesabi Range, also known simply as the Iron Range to those who live there, is a collection of iron mines and mining towns in Northeastern Minnesota which made its ...