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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 McCoy, WI: Cuban Resettlement 1980 John StoughFrom 15 April to 31 October 1980, hordes of refugees crossed the US border by sea, these were called “The Freedom Flotilla.” What many Midwesterners thought would never affect them ...
  • CG Search for SS Milwaukee Jarod RiemersmaThe SS Milwaukee set out on October 22,1929 from Milwaukee with 52 men and cargo headed to Grand Haven on its routine voyage across Lake Michigan. Later that day the ...
  • Fort York and Its Functions During The War of 1812 Ryan Connolly  The foundation of urban Toronto was a military lead endeavor that began when John Graves Simcoe gave the order to have a garrison built in what would become known as ...
  • Carleton Island During the War of 1812 Ethan IdziorCarleton Island’s fort was built during the American Revolution, and while it should have been given to the Americans afterwards according to Jay’s Treaty, it remained in British control until ...
  • KI Renovations during the Cold War Josef IwanickiKI Renovations during the Cold WarCounty Road 460 was built in 1966 during the Cold War in order to give KI Sawyer an easier access route to highway U.S. 41. The highway went all the ...
  • The History of Fort Wayne(Detroit) Nathaniel JohnstonThe History of Fort Wayne(Detroit)Before the Construction of Fort Wayne The history of the future site of Fort Wayne extends much further back than the simple mapping and surveying of the area.  Natives Americans had ...
  • Calumet Air Force Station Jeffrey FordIntroduction The Red Scare, Dooms Day Clock, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. What do all of these have in Common? The Cold War.  Part of the United States first line of Defense ...
  • Patrick Sinclair and Fort Mackinac Michael SinclairThe Treaty of Paris in 1783 ended the Revolutionary War, establishing the United States of America, a new nation free from British rule.  The treaty also gave rights to land ...
  • A Cold War Tragedy: B-52C Crash In January 1971 Derek GhellerOn January 7, 1971 a fireball erupted over the Little Traverse Bay caused by the crash of a Boeing B-52 Model C.  Along with the fireball, a sonic boom carried ...
  • History of the K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base Davin WiitanenIntroduction Driving through the heart of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, just south of Marquette, the winding two lane road leads to gated entrance with a sign that reads “Welcome to ...
  • Fort Malden, Gateway to the Upper Great Lakes Colin RednerPhoto Courtesy Parks Canada Shown above is the partially restored Fort Malden, currently the location of the Fort Malden National Historic Site Museum. On the right is the restored estate house, ...
  • Evolution of Volk Field Air National Guard Base Austin Bittner Introduction Beginning as a small rifle range in 1888, Volk Field Air National Guard Base has dramatically evolved into a major National Guard training base. During the course of its evolution, ...
  • History of Fort Koshkonong Dylan LauscherCause of the Black Hawk War As the United States was expanding its territory westward across the country, government officials tried to buy as much land from the Native Americans as ...
  • Fort Miami, OH Andy SwansonFort Miami was built by the British in 1794 as an effort to resist the United States in their plans to formally conquer contested areas of the Northwest Territory. The ...
  • Marinette Marine Shipbuilding Jake MunieOn the mouth of the Menominee River between Michigan and Wisconsin, sits the only military shipbuilding corporation on the Great Lakes, Marinette Marine Corporation. Created in 1942 to keep up ...