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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.

  • Fort Crawford Taylor ChadderdonBuilt shortly after the War of 1812 and rebuilt 18 years later, Fort Crawford stood at the intersection of two of North America’s greatest waterways. At a time where waterways ...
  • SBD Dive Bomber Recovered from Lake Michigan (Air … Ryanne Sutton In 2009, after 65 years spent at the bottom of Lake Michigan, a barely recognizable Douglas SBD Dive Bomber arrived at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo to be restored to its ...
  • Fort Custer and Prisoners of War during WWII Parker RusscherAerial Shot of Fort Custer during WWI When most Americans think of WWII, they think of either the Pacific or Europe and the many battles fought, and men lost. The massive ...
  • Fort Drummond Occupation Aaron OrtizFort Drummond was significant because it was the only known military and civilian site established by British forces on American soil after the War of 1812.  This fort was established ...
  • Fort Wayne Detroit’s Star Fort Sam Bilot“This fort, when in good repair and well mounted, could be held by one thousand good and true men against ten times the number of like material.”. Found south of ...
  • Fort St. Joseph CJ JensenFort St. JosephFort Saint Joseph’s construction began in 1796 and was completed in 1799 on St. Joseph island in Ontario Canada. (1) The land was bought from the natives in 1797 although ...
  • Fort Detroit and the Surrender of Detroit Anthony PeszekFort Detroit and the Surrender of DetroitFort Detroit would prove to be an important location for a series of attacks against the British during the War of 1812. The fort however would be put under the ...
  • Fort Meigs and the War of 1812 Nicholas Kostick“Our ranks scattered, our brave Colonel slain, and most of the other officers mortally wounded, seems sufficient to have unnerved the bravest hero, but even then many heroic deeds of ...
  • Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the Rise of US… Mark WallachIn 1909, the United States Army Signal Corps contracted with the Wright Company, and purchased its first airplane. In a makeshift airfield just outside of Dayton, Ohio, the newly Army-owned ...
  • Prairie du Chien, WI, Fort Crawford Sean WildeFort Crawford, situated in Prairie du Chein, Wisconsin, was constructed starting in 1816.  The 340-foot-long wooden structure was built in succession with many other forts in the Fox-Wisconsin Routes after ...
  • Wurtsmith Air Force Base, a brief history and life… Will NortonWurtsmith Air Force Base has been an integral part of the United States Air Force from the 1920’s to June 3rd 1993. The base came to be because of chance. ...
  • German POW Camps in Northern Minnesota Rob HammannGerman POW Camps in Northern MinnesotaThe year is 1944, the world is defined by conflict. America is fighting a war in the East and the West, and there’s still a lot more fighting to do. ...
  • Fort Wilkins: Opening the Lake Superior Frontier Sydney ChaneyFort Wilkins: Opening the Lake Superior FrontierThe once remote Copper Harbor is now home to a cozy town, with an old military post. Fort Wilkins, situated on the north shore of Lake Fanny Hooe and a couple miles ...
  • Whose Fort is it anyways? The Siege of Prairie du … Zach AufdembergeAbstract Prairie du Chien was an important location during the war of 1812 because of its location on the Mississippi River. This meant it was key to the fur trade and ...
  • The multiple uses of Two Creeks Air Force Station Nathan GradbergThe Two Creeks Air Force station has had multiple different functions and units based there in its short life. This base started out as a mobile radar station to support ...