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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.

  • Keweenaw Research CenterJacob PalmreuterKeweenaw Research Center
    The Keweenaw Research Center was founded in 1953 as the Keweenaw Field Station. Since then it has served as a testing grounds for U.S. military vehicles and modifications to ensure ...
  • Fort Winnebago 1828Riley SaldanaEarly Fort Winnebago (Image from fortwiki.com)
    Fort Winnebago was a 19th-century fortification that was strategically placed due to its surrounding rivers in Wisconsin. During the time of being built, there were already two other forts, Howard ...
  • Fort St. Joseph ArchaeologyCayman SchefskyFort St. Joseph Archaeology
    Rock sign outside Fort St. Joseph(from Wikipedia)                 Archaeology is a useful tool for researching the past. Archaeological digs can uncover hidden things about the past, resulting in changes to our ...
  • Grand Marais Air Force StationTrevor SearsGrand Marais Air Force Station
    The Grand Marais Air Force Station briefly operated as a part of the ‘Priority Permanent System’ which was a strictly manned operation intended to alert the United States ‘Air Defense ...
  • Camp Au TrainWill StierCamp Autrain
    Camp Au Train was used as a prisoner of war camp during WWII. This camp is located just outside of Munising Michigan and housed over 200 POWs from the German ...
  • CFB North BayJoey ArnerCFB North Bay
    SAGE Blue Room in the Underground Complex(From RCAF History) The Canadian Forces Base (CFB) North Bay was a large part of the NORAD aerospace defense program during the Cold War. The ...
  • 148th Fighter Wing of MN ANGEric Gotz148th Fighter Wing of MN ANG
    Stationed out of the Duluth International Airport the 148th Fighter Wing was created on July 1, 1960. Performing aircraft missions around the world, this branch of the Minnesota National ...
  • Oldsmobile, Lansing, Shells, Cannons, and World Wa…Brett SchnabelrauchOldsmobile plants involvement in World War Two
    A modern picture of Oldsmobile Lansing plant. Now known as the Grand River Plant, being used by Chevy and Cadillac (Oldsmobile in World War Two) After the United States entered World ...
  • Wurtsmith AFB and its ContaminationMatt Tascarella
    INTRODUCTION The Wurtsmith Air Force Base, created in 1923, played a large role in WWII. The base is influential in Michigan, as well as the United States military history. It is ...
  • Michigan’s Nearly Endured Nuclear DisasterDerek Gheller
    On January 7, 1971 at approximately 6:33 p.m. local time in the small town of Charlevoix, MI, residents of the community were startled by an explosion in the Little Traverse ...
  • The abridged history of Fort BradyZeb Tester-RiccardoThe abridged history of Fort Brady
    Fort Brady During Fort Brady’s history, it has gone through many changes. From a humble beginning as a small fort on St. Mary’s River to Lake Superior State University’s campus. Fort ...
  • Raco Army Air Field and the CIM-10 BOMARCEthan Laytner
    Introduction: August 6th and 9th of 1945 marked a turning in World War II, and while Japan’s official surrender would not be for nearly a month later the very nature of warfare had ...
  • The Graveraet High School Watchtower and John Wasm…Steve Newby
    Many of our great citizens participated in World War 2 in several different ways. The most memorable of those were our great men and women who went overseas to fight ...
  • Selfridge Air National Guard Base in the Interwar …Owen VanTiemSelfridge Air National Guard Base in the Interwar Period
    Following the conclusion of World War I, Selfridge Air Field had a very uncertain future.  Originally, Selfridge Air Field was purchased by the Packard Motor Company in 1916 to begin ...
  • Nike Missile Defense System, Site D-06Matt DeGroot
    The Utica Nike Missile Defense site D-06 was part of the most important defense network in America. That network of Nike Missile ranges was tasked with the protection of the ...