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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.

  • Keweenaw Research Center Jacob PalmreuterKeweenaw Research Center The Keweenaw Research Center was founded in 1953 as the Keweenaw Field Station. Since then it has served as a testing grounds for U.S. military vehicles and modifications to ensure ...
  • Fort Winnebago 1828 Riley SaldanaFort Winnebago 1828 Fort Winnebago was a 19th-century fortification that was strategically placed due to its surrounding rivers in Wisconsin. During the time of being built, there were already two other forts, Howard ...
  • Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Cayman SchefskyFort St. Joseph Archaeology Rock sign outside Fort St. Joseph(from Wikipedia)                 Archaeology is a useful tool for researching the past. Archaeological digs can uncover hidden things about the past, resulting in changes to our ...
  • Grand Marais Air Force Station Trevor SearsGrand Marais Air Force Station The Grand Marais Air Force Station briefly operated as a part of the ‘Priority Permanent System’ which was a strictly manned operation intended to alert the United States ‘Air Defense ...
  • Camp Au Train Will StierCamp Au Train Camp Au Train was used as a prisoner of war camp during WWII. This camp is located just outside of Munising Michigan and housed over 200 POWs from the German ...
  • CFB North Bay Joey ArnerCFB North Bay SAGE Blue Room in the Underground Complex(From RCAF History) The Canadian Forces Base (CFB) North Bay was a large part of the NORAD aerospace defense program during the Cold War. The ...
  • 148th Fighter Wing of MN ANG Eric Gotz148th Fighter Wing of MN ANG Stationed out of the Duluth International Airport the 148th Fighter Wing was created on July 1, 1960. Performing aircraft missions around the world, this branch of the Minnesota National ...
  • Oldsmobile, Lansing, Shells, Cannons, and World Wa… Brett SchnabelrauchOldsmobile, Lansing, Shells, Cannons, and World War Two A modern picture of Oldsmobile Lansing plant. Now known as the Grand River Plant, being used by Chevy and Cadillac (Oldsmobile in World War Two) After the United States entered World ...
  • Wurtsmith AFB and its Contamination Matt TascarellaINTRODUCTION The Wurtsmith Air Force Base, created in 1923, played a large role in WWII. The base is influential in Michigan, as well as the United States military history. It is ...
  • Michigan’s Nearly Endured Nuclear Disaster Derek GhellerOn January 7, 1971 at approximately 6:33 p.m. local time in the small town of Charlevoix, MI, residents of the community were startled by an explosion in the Little Traverse ...
  • The abridged history of Fort Brady Zeb Tester-RiccardoThe abridged history of Fort BradyFort Brady During Fort Brady’s history, it has gone through many changes. From a humble beginning as a small fort on St. Mary’s River to Lake Superior State University’s campus. Fort ...
  • Raco Army Air Field and the CIM-10 BOMARC Ethan LaytnerIntroduction: August 6th and 9th of 1945 marked a turning in World War II, and while Japan’s official surrender would not be for nearly a month later the very nature of warfare had ...
  • The Graveraet High School Watchtower and John Wasm… Steve NewbyMany of our great citizens participated in World War 2 in several different ways. The most memorable of those were our great men and women who went overseas to fight ...
  • Selfridge Air National Guard Base in the Interwar … Owen VanTiemSelfridge Air National Guard Base in the Interwar PeriodFollowing the conclusion of World War I, Selfridge Air Field had a very uncertain future.  Originally, Selfridge Air Field was purchased by the Packard Motor Company in 1916 to begin ...
  • Nike Missile Defense System, Site D-06 Matt DeGrootThe Utica Nike Missile Defense site D-06 was part of the most important defense network in America. That network of Nike Missile ranges was tasked with the protection of the ...