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Montgomery C. Meigs and Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is often associated with the American Civil War as the starting point for many Michigan regiments that went South. It is not often associated with one man’s personal vendetta against Robert E. Lee. Fort Wayne was built in…

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Fort Wilkins: Opening the Lake Superior Frontier

The 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 south of Lake Superior, has kept a watchful eye over…

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Camp 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 of the Civil Air Patrol, Minnesota DNR and many…

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Timber Rebellion and the USS Michigan

In the year 1844, the USS Michigan was commissioned by the U.S. Navy to combat the timber pirates in the great lakes region. The violent timber rebellion involved illegal trading of timber stolen by pirates, ravaging the profitable logging industry…

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The Mormon Pirate King, James Strang

This page is a look into the life of King James Jesse Strang (1817-1856) shortly before and during his time on Beaver Island, MI in the late 1840s and early 1850s. Strang was a Mormon who declared himself the true…

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Point Douglas Superior Military Road

On July 18, 1850 Congress approved funding, through the Minnesota Road Act, to build a road from Point Douglas, MN to Superior, WI.  This road along with four other roads outlined in the Minnesota Road Act were designed with a…

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