September 22, 2014
September 20, 2014
Here’s a beautiful shot from late October last year on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the U.P. With temps this cold, it won’t be long until the color returns! Hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy the outdoors this weekend.
September 19, 2014
The things I learn about through Michigan in Pictures! About Elmo’s Tower on the Keweenaw Peninsula David writes:
I was amazed to find that I’ve never posted a photo of Elmo’s Tower. This tower was built — by hand! — by the late Elmo Negro, at a beautiful rock outcrop along the Cliffs. It’s just above the Phoenix mine, and overlooks the Eagle River gap. The tower has no function other than to be a pleasant place to enjoy a day (and have a barbecue).
More about Elmo (who was apparently a great dancer too) at Pasty Central.
September 18, 2014
The Detroit Lions host the Green Bay Packers this Sunday at Ford Field for the first of two divisional meetings. Wikipedia notes that the longest continuously-running NFL rivalry is the Lions vs Packers. They first met in 1930 when the Lions were known as the Portsmouth Spartans (they were based in Portsmouth, Ohio until they moved to Detroit in 1934 season). They’ve been division rivals since 1933 and have always met at least twice a season since 1932, without any cancelled games.
As Ann notes, that rivalry is no contest in Marquette. Thought it may be in Michigan, the U.P. is Packers territory.
Lots more Detroit Lions on Michigan in Pictures.
September 17, 2014
The Lansing State Journal reports on Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Maroun’s plan for an $80-million makeover of Michigan Central Station:
Michigan Central Station, a well-known symbol of Detroit’s decay, is expected to get $80 million in renovations over the next three years, according to a top aide to depot owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun. The revelation was made by Moroun associate Dan Stamper as he went before the Detroit City Council last week to discuss alternative plans to the city selling land needed for a new bridge to Canada.
…At Tuesday’s council meeting, Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins said she was happy to see Moroun’s associate promise to help that community.
“There is one building that you all have not demolished,” Jenkins said of the depot. “Whenever they show the demise of Detroit there are two buildings they always show — one is the Packard Plant, the other is the train station.”
“We are going to renovate the train depot,” Stamper replied. “It’s probably another three years to secure the building watertight.”
…Jenkins didn’t seem impressed with Stamper’s description of plans to renovate the train station.
“That’s a pledge that I’ve heard multiple times,” Jenkins said.
So the short answer: don’t hold your breath. Read on at the LSJ for more.
Lots more photos of Michigan Central Station on Michigan in Pictures.
September 16, 2014
ArtPrize returns to Grand Rapids for its 5th year next Wednesday and runs September 24 – October 12th. The 19 day event turns downtown Grand Rapids into a free & open art competition for hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes. While you can certainly debate the merits of ArtPrize and the art displayed, there’s no question that this is one of the most engaging and immersive art events in the country.
You can check out the 2014 entries right here, look back through the years on their History page, and also see a video from 2013 that captures some on the flavor and fun. The only way to really experience it is to go, something that I heartily recommend!!
This is part of Kevin Sudeith’s Contemporary Petroglyphs installation along the Grand River.
Lots more ArtPrize on Michigan in Pictures!
September 15, 2014
Hard to imagine a more beautiful spot to enjoy your morning joe than Chippewa Harbor at Isle Royale National Park.
Lots more from Isle Royale on Michigan in Pictures.