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Old Victoria Craft Fair – August 21, 2016

Old Victoria Craft Fair, Sunday, August 21 from 10am to 5pm.

Handmade Arts and Crafts – Music – Freshly Baked Cinnamon Rolls – Old-Fashioned Kid Games

Ranger Karl from Keweenaw National Historical Park will be providing copper foundry demonstrations at this year’s Craft Fair from 11am-4pm! Stay tuned for more features and updates.

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Sunday September 17th, 2017 - 6:54 am

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I see fall colors peeking through

I will return one day, may come up during the winter to go snowmobiling..

Monday September 4th, 2017 - 10:49 am

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Narcisse LeMoine drove cattle on Forest Hill (Victoria) during his early years in the #CopperCountry. #CopperCountryConnections #KeweenawHeritageSitesWe dug this ca. 1885 tintype of Narcisse LeMoine out of our Ontonagon archives for #WorldBeardDay.
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Narcisse LeMoine drove cattle on Forest Hill (Victoria) during his early years in the #CopperCountry. #CopperCountryConnections #KeweenawHeritageSites

 

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Saturday August 26th, 2017 - 11:23 am

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Free this afternoon? Join Lynette at the Norwich Bluff trailhead on the Norwich Road at 3:00pm for a tour of the Norwich Mine site!Many Copper Country mine locations are ghost towns, where few to no residents live in an area that once bustled with activity. Victoria is such a place. From 1899-1921, the Victoria Copper Mining Company housed a peak of around 750 people in 71 hewn timber and frame houses near the West Branch of the Ontonagon River. Only a few of them remain today.

One of the remaining houses fronts the road to the Victoria Dam and reservoir. It's the sole survivor of many that once extended down the street towards the mine's riverside stamp mill. Stone foundations obscured by brush line the site of a neighborhood that's #MissingintheCopperCountry.

Join our adventure hike at Norwich Mine today at 3:00pm for the chance to explore the historic landscape at another Ontonagon County copper mine! www.facebook.com/events/1982772075279284/
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Free this afternoon? Join Lynette at the Norwich Bluff trailhead on the Norwich Road at 3:00pm for a tour of the Norwich Mine site!

 

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Monday August 21st, 2017 - 11:24 pm

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This devastating flood swept the Victoria bridge over the Ontonagon off its moorings, destroying the bridge and spurring its rapid replacement.August 21-22, 1942: Deadly Ontonagon River Flood

The largest recorded flood due to rain occurred on the Ontonagon River system August 21 and 22, 1942. The oldest residents of Ontonagon could not remember a more violent rainstorm. Roads were washed out, bridges flooded over and three people were drowned during the raging torrent.

The three people killed were swept to their deaths while they slept. A flash flood estimated at 10 to 12 feet deep tore down the valley occupied by a branch of the Ontonagon River. The victims, George Dent, 79, Tommy Mason, 31 and Joseph Paul Garsanki, 53, had no chance to escape as their creek-side cabin was stripped off its foundation and sent downstream. The 39-by-36 foot structure struck a bridge. The roof of the house came to rest on the bridge, while the rest of the building, including furniture, was smashed to bits.

A portion of Highway 45 north of Bruce Crossing was washed away. In Ontonagon, the large cement bridge over the river was in danger of being wrecked, as floating debris completely blocked river channels. The tremendous amount of water forced through the west channel undermined the west pier, so that the western third of the bridge began to sink. When that portion of the bridge was down almost two feet, cars were kept off.

This flood was unusual in that it occurred solely due to rain. Most Ontonagon River floods are caused by snowmelt and resulting ice jams. Serious 20th century ice jam flooding occurred in 1912, 1923 and 1963.

The pattern that brought the heavy rain featured a general westerly flow aloft with a strong ridge to our southeast (Image 1 below). The pattern this week will feature us in the northwest flow of an eastern North America trough (Image 2). That means a touch of fall. A cooling trend begins Tuesday and reaches a crescendo on Wednesday when highs may struggle to above 60 degrees over parts of the north with 60s elsewhere. Lows Thursday night will center around 40 with the coldest interior locations of the west falling to near freezing.
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This devastating flood swept the Victoria bridge over the Ontonagon off its moorings, destroying the bridge and spurring its rapid replacement.

 

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Sunday August 20th, 2017 - 10:59 am

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