A Lake, a Lady and a Legend

November 8, 2013

Sky and Fanny Hooe

Sky and Fanny Hooe photo by dcclark

Lake Fanny Hooe is located in Fort Wilkins State Park on the Keweenaw Peninsula near Copper Harbor. A great article from Marquette Monthly about the hard life of UP women back in the day tells about how the legend of the lake turns out to be a lot more dramatic than the reality:

Local tales related that the beautiful young woman had drowned in the lake, or got lost in the woods while picking blueberries and was never seen again. In truth, Lucy Frances Fitzhigh Hooe, Fannie, spent the summer of 1844 visiting her brother Thornton, who was stationed at Fort Wilkins. Her sister, Richardetta was the wife of Lt. Daniel Ruggles, also stationed there. At the end of the summer, she returned to the family home in Virginia. She then married Chester Bailey White in 1849, and had three children. While she led an interesting life, her visit to Fort Wilkins was not a major part of it. She died in 1882, probably in Fredericksburg, (Virginia).

Read on for lots more!

Dave took this photo from Brockway Mountain Drive, looking towards Copper Harbor and Fanny Hooe. See it bigger and see more in his Copper Country slideshow.

3 Responses to “A Lake, a Lady and a Legend”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I only knew about Fanny Hooe’s Creek in the U.P. Which was always a joke in our family when we went there. That and Devil’s Washtub.

  2. dcclark Says:

    Thanks for the feature! As you can probably tell, this photo was taken on a *hot*, *humid* summer’s day. A storm was definitely brewing.


  3. Reblogged this on Fitness Wildfire and commented:
    Beautiful sights in the Upper Peninsula


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