Nov 12-13

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2013: November: Nov 12-13
Mine near Iron River    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Walter Dennis
Snowy river    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Walter Dennis
View through the windshield    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Walter Dennis
A break on the bridge    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Walter Dennis
Bridge and falls    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Walter Dennis

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 08:06 am:

Today we have a new photographer making his first appearance here on the Pasty Cam and he's only eight years old! Walter Dennis was out for one last 4 wheel ride with his Dad, Jeff, over the weekend and they headed to the Iron River and Watersmeet areas to check out the snowy trails there. The first snowfall is always so pretty and Walter didn't waste any time recording their last adventure for the winter, with what his Dad calls a "kid camera".

That first photo is an Iron Mine, near Iron River, from what Jeff told me. Maybe one of our viewers can name that mine.

I'm not sure on the name of the river in the second photo either, but with the fresh snow covering, it sure is a pretty one. Walter's third shot, is what the two of them were seeing through the windshield of their side by side Rzr. As you can see, there is no windshield wiper on these recreational vehicles. I think the water drops add to the beauty of the scene, though.

Along their travels, Walter and Jeff stopped to take a break and check out the scenery from the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River. Jeff said that this bridge is located approximately 7 or 8 miles South-East of Watersmeet on the former Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, now an ATV/snowmobile trail.

I have no clue what the building Jeff is peeking out from is, but Walter was ready for him when he popped his head out the door and was able to snap a fun shot of his Dad, to remember the day spent riding, just the two of them.

Jeff reported that it was a good time, but they really froze! I'm sure the snow and the cold will make it a memorable father/son time for years to come, not to mention Walter's pictures recording it all, too. I think Walter and his "kid" camera did a pretty good job, don't you?

By Allen W. Philley (Allen) on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 08:14 am:

Wow. I wish I were there. Walter and Dad know how to spend time together.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 08:17 am:

Awesome job! Jeff's family just may have a photographer in their future. Thanks for sharing your outing, though I'm sure it was mighty cold!!

By Jim Grill (Grillski) on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 08:20 am:

This is more of a guess, but it could be the
Hiawatha #2, MA Hanna & Co,. Hiawatha #1 was
located on one side of Shelden Road, while #2 was
on the other. This was between Iron River, and

By Dunerat (Dunerat) on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 08:41 am:

Welcome Walter (and your Driver Dad, Jeff!) Great photos! Thanks for sharing your expedition.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 08:46 am:

Good job, Walter!!:)

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 09:13 am:

Wow...what a change in seasons!

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 09:38 am:

Wow, great photos!
Wish Marty and I could be doing the same in the truck deer hunting this year. This is the first year since I can remember that we won't be U.P. in the Great North Woods hunting, work won't allow for the annual trip this year. :=((

Thanks for sharing those great pix!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 09:44 am:

Now that's how to enjoy winter! With an ATV, or a snowmobile! And those abandon rail line trails are the Best!!

By Paul Roberts (Grizzlyadams) on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 12:46 pm:

Love it! We got a little snow here in Ohio last night. It actually stuck too. Well, some of it. But there's still snow on the ground ! That's all that matters! I love winter! Great pics!

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 12:52 pm:

I actually believe that is the Caspian Mine headframe, opened by the Verona Mining Company and operated between 1903 and 1937. The current steel shafthouse replaced the original wooden structure in 1920. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with good reason; it was the most productive iron mine in the county.

By Tom (Tom) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 08:58 am:

Am I the only one who checks Janie T's photos?
Always something interesting. Siamese cats seems to be the topic recently. Those of us who have one agree.
I lived in Iron River, MI for 8 years and never saw that historic mine near Caspian. But all the mines were closed at that time. The place was facing an exodus of young people looking for jobs.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 09:35 am:

Tom Thank You for the "lift"! Our Scottie, Brimley's glucose readings having been spiking high. Been very worried for him, he is spending the day with our veterinarian having tests done, in hopes to find an answer. The possibility of having to say goodbye is always a factor, the factor that I am so praying doesn't happen.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 11:36 am:

Oh Janie, I am sending my thoughts and best wishes on Brimley! I hope it is something you can control with more insulin. I know of other dogs who have lived many years on insulin, with appropriate blood sugar tests. Take care, & give him a hug for me. We had to say goodbye to our 14-year old Havanese boy in February; I still haven't gotten over that one!

By Josh Pifke (Nmuwildcat) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 02:07 pm:

I believe the headframe is from the
Cardiff Mine on Homer Road north of Iron
River (old Mineral Hills).

The Iron County Museum is located right
next to the Caspian Mine headframe, and
too many artifacts are exhibited around
the building to provide a clear distant
photo as seen.

The Hiawatha #2 headframe just west of
Selden Rd (M189) was torn down almost 10
years ago and scrapped. All that remains
is the concrete innards.

Hiawatha #1 has been gone for longer.

The more modern looking Homer Mine (Homer-
Waseca) just southeast of the Cardiff Mine
on Homer Road has also been torn down. It
looked more like an office building in the
middle of trees than mining headframe.

Other than the Cardiff and Capsian, all
other mining history has been slowly
removed from the area, save for the holes
and unstable ground in those areas.

By Josh Pifke (Nmuwildcat) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 02:18 pm:

Sorry, got my Hiawatha Mines mixed up in
my post. Hiawatha #2 was the headframe
long removed from the East of Selden Rd
(M189). All that remains of Hiawatha #1's
headframe West of M189 is the concrete

But the answer still stands that the photo
up top is the Cardiff Mine.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 06:19 pm:

Thank you Marianne for your kind words! Brimley scored negative on all the tests that could mean something serious was making his glucose readings high!! We are bumping up his insulin dosage a bit and that should do the trick!! God is Good!!!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 06:24 pm:

That is great news, Janie! I hope it does the trick for Brimley.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 06:55 pm:

Hmmmmm ok, I thought Cardiff was torn down years ago, but apparently I was wrong. Good job, Josh!!

I'm sure diabetes in animals is very similar to adults where it gets harder to control as we age. That's great news about Brimley, Janie....

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 07:50 pm:

I love these photos, esp. the first one. Walter, I
see a wonderful future for you if you can do this at
8 years old! Thanks for sharing!

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