Snow Days like the Olden Days

Otsego Gaylord Mi Winter Drifts in the 1940s RPPC

Otsego Gaylord Mi Winter Drifts in the 1940s, photo by UpNorth Memories – Donald (Don) Harrison

Winter 2014 has been a real throwback with many school districts already past the maximum number of snow days and no sign that winter is slowing down. Seeking Michigan has a feature on two large snowstorms in recent memory—the blizzard of January 1967 and the one in 1978 about which they say:

On January 26-27, 1978, snowstorms with fifty-to-seventy-mile per hour winds pummeled much of Michigan. Snowfall totals ranged from eighteen inches in Lansing to an incredible fifty-one inches in Traverse City. More than 100,000 cars were abandoned on roads and highways, and travel was impossible for days. Governor William G. Milliken declared a state of emergency on January 26 (See the image below.) and activated the National Guard to assist with the cleanup. The governor also requested financial assistance from the federal government and estimated damage totals to be more than $25 million, not including lost productivity from workers who were unable to get to their jobs.

Seeking Michigan is the website of the Archives of Michigan. If you’re interested in the wild & wooly side of Michigan, the Michigan Historical Museum has a special exhibit “Lake Effects: Exploring Michigan Weather” where you can learn about winters past and share stories of your winter memories. They ask that you share a favorite winter photograph on the Michigan Historical Center’s Flickr page by e-mailing it to with the photo title in the subject line.

View the photo background big and see more snow photos from Don & UpNorth Memories.

Winter wallpaper? We have it if winter hasn’t beaten you yet!

One thought on “Snow Days like the Olden Days

  1. I just moved to M.I. 9/30/2013. I’m become so fascinated experiencing my first sight of Northern Lights that has linked me to heartfelt memories of cold snowy winters , wet socks.cold feet@hands and the joy of Moms hot coco!! New Jersey was cold too as I recall 1963 snowstorm.approx. Thank-you for taking me back to a sweet memory. Loving Memories to my Mother my best friend passed 11/9/2012 we were sleigh riders What a lady”86″ I’m Pamela 59 were both Happy…your photography is breathtaking! Monmcramatiac photos Awsome Truly,Pamela Glaubach


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