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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.

  • 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 HerbstSt Paul, MN Fort SnellingAt 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 BaldwinMesabi Range Mines, Minnesota 1939-1945The 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 ...
  • Dunlap’s Station Justin KingOverview Dunlap’s Station, also known as Fort Colerain, was an installation on the east bank of the Miami River which was established in early 1790. It is northwest of present day ...
  • Willow Run – B24 Liberator Ronald LiuOne bomber an hour at Willow Run bomber plant was the production speed of Willow Run bomber plant. Before Willow Run was converted to the airport we know today, during ...
  • Fort Mackinac and The War of 1812 Anthony AmatoFort Mackinac is a important fort that controlled the Straits of Mackinac, an important area that controlled access to Lake Michigan from Lake Huron. Travelling by boat was much faster than travelling across land ...
  • Camp Grayling John ClevengerCamp Grayling is the largest military installation east of the Mississippi River, the largest National Guard training facility in the USA and the main Michigan National Guard facility. It was ...
  • The Dow Chemical Company – Midland, MI Dylan LettingaPlaced alongside the Tittabawassee River, the Dow chemical plant stands defiant at the heart of Midland, Michigan. Today the chemical company is known for supplying many major companies with general ...
  • Fort Custer and Prisoners of War Devin KeeferFort Custer was a military installation that was built in 1917 between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo in Augusta, Michigan.  It was created as a training installation for troops during WWI ...
  • ELF Station Republic, MI Bradley VilleneuveThe ELF transmitter site in Republic, MI was a cold-war era installation designed for ultra-covert submarine communications at speed and depth. Any short coded message could be transmitted one-way to ...
  • Fort Wilkins 1844-1870 Jake RaymondFort Wilkins 1844-1870  Fort Wilkins is the northern most outpost for the nation’s perimeter defense, and was established in the year 1844 at Copper Harbor in the Keweenaw County in the state of ...