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Grosse Ile Naval Air Station

The Grosse Ile Naval Air Station was, at the time of its operation, located on the southern tip of the island of Grosse Ile in the Detroit River.  Although this air station is relatively unknown it played a major part…

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Fort McCoy, WI: Cuban Resettlement 1980

From 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 became a stark reality for those in Monroe Country, Wisconsin.…

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Calumet Air Force Station

Introduction 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 during the Cold War was the 665th Radar…

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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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B-52D Bomber Model 55-0062

B-52D Bomber Serial number 55-0062 currently rests at K.I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum. This bomber flew training missions out of K.I. Sawyer. This aircraft was initially placed into the Strategic Air Commands inventory in February 1957. It was initially assigned to…

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The Trade History of Fort Michilimackinac

  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 Michilimackinac originally came to be as a supply depot…

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Fort Michilimackinac Origin and Importance 1715-1781

On the shores where two Great Lakes, Michigan and Huron, meet, Frenchmen Constant Le Marchand de Lignery built a wooden fort in 1715. It was named after the Native American name for the area, Michilimackinac. Michilimackinac’s meaning is somewhat contested,…

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HMS St. Lawrence

Overview History of the HMS St. Lawrence During the War of 1812, the Great Lake Ontario was landlocked, forcing both the colonies and the British to build warships on the lake if they wanted to dominate its waters. Along the…

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US Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba

On the frigid morning of Friday, December 9, 1932, citizens of Grand Haven, Michigan gathered on the Government Basin pier. Cheers rose as the United States Coast Guard’s newest cutter, Escanaba, steamed up the channel, saluted the welcoming party, and docked…

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Coast Guard at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse

Before the United States Coast Guard Before the creation of the modern day U.S. Coast Guard, there were four small organizations that helped to aid in the assistance and safety of mariners.  One of the first of these organizations was…

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