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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 Gratiot and Fort Gratiot Lighthouse Kelsey RobinsonDuring the War of 1812, as well as in previous wars, waterways have always been a location of strategic importance to winning a war.  This is the reasoning behind the ...
  • Fort Miami, the Beginning of Michigan Olivia ClancyModern civilization had to have come from somewhere.  In Michigan’s case, modern civilization started with the French exploring New France.  From there it evolved into forts and trading posts scattered ...
  • Camp Ripley: Past and Present Alex AkermannCamp Ripley: Past and Present  Camp Ripley: Past and Present Camp Ripley located in Little Falls, Minnesota, currently services as a National Guard post and training location for the Minnesota State Patrol, National Guard, Minnesota Wing ...
  • Fort Ontario Used for Hiding Refugees Jayme MasonIn the 20th century Fort Ontario had become deactivated as a military fort, but was still actively in use by the United States of America. Towards the end of World War ...
  • The River Rouge Complex, WWI Terry GregorickaDuring WWI, German U-boats were destroying the United State Navy Ships. At the time the United States had no submarine chasers. The Navy destroyers were managing but not very well. ...
  • Riverview, MI Nike Missile Base Jack YoungbloodDiversion of Soviet planes carrying nuclear bombs was the purpose of the 275 Nike Missile bases in the U.S. (Nike Historical Society 2016, pg 1). Introduction of nuclear bombs created ...
  • Photos of Camp Germfask Steven WaltonPhotos of Camp GermfaskThere is not a great deal of collected memorabilia related to Camp Germfask during its time as a CCC and POW camp in the 1930s and 40s, though certainly scraps ...
  • The Beginning for The Red Arrow, 32nd Infantry Max SmithThe 32nd Division, known as the ‘Red Arrow’, was a division of the army made up by the National Guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin. As rivals these men did not ...
  • The Trade History of Fort Michilimackinac Luke Cordes  Fort Michilimackinac played a pivotal role in the Northwestern fur trading industry from its founding in 1715, up to its abandonment in 1783 . Originally built by the French, Fort ...
  • Calumet National Guard Armory Natalie McGrath107th Engineering Battalion The 107th Engineer Battalion is a National Guard reserve component stationed across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It commands the 1430th out of Gladstone, MI, 1431st, out of ...
  • Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center Tony DiCiccoThe Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena Michigan was first established in 1940. This installation was not always a base, however, as it was originally home to an airport, which ...
  • Michigan College of Mining and Technology, Sault S… Tom SpicuzzaDecommissioned U.S. military forts are usually repurposed as museums or monuments for the public to see.  Fort Brady, however, had an entirely different purpose after the U.S. Army was finished ...
  • Camp Hindenburg Lucas GrulkeIntroduction “In the years between the World Wars when National Socialism under Adolf Hitler was transforming Germany, a dedicated group of German-American citizens and expatriated German nationals were busy trying to ...
  • Willow Run Rough Start Mark SchlaxJanuary 1942 through June 1945, Willow Run served not only as the birthplace for 8,685 B-24 Liberator bombers, but also the airport for their native flight. The industrial installation also ...
  • The Military Road Alex AshleyFrom Fort Wilkins, near Copper Harbor, MI, to Fort Howard in Green Bay, WI runs the Old Military Road. This road was built to connect the two forts during the ...