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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 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 ...
  • 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 ...