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Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2019: November: Nov 18-19
Looking down Sheldon Ave.    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Nancy Haun
Stone Boat - Centennial Heights    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Nancy Haun
Turning Left in Houghton to play video
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, November 18, 2019 - 04:28 pm:

Just a little over a week ago, Nancy Haun was driving down the main street in Houghton, Sheldon Avenue, when she decided to snap a shot of the street up ahead. Still plenty going on in downtown Houghton, especially now, with the shopping for the holidays getting into full swing again.

Nancys second photo was taken up in Centennial Heights. This stone boat isnt as well known as the one in Kearsarge, mostly because its not on the main highway. There were actually three of these boats built during the early 1930s as projects during the Great Depression, to keep people working and were funded by federal money from the government. The third boat was constructed on US41, but all that's left of that "boat" is a pile of rubble, overgrown with trees and bushes.

Today's video has appeared here on the Pasty Cam before and has become somewhat of a classic from when it was first made. In searching for something to accompany the "downtown Houghton" photo, it came up in the results and I couldn't resist posting it again today. How to turn left in the U.P it's that time of year once again.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Monday, November 18, 2019 - 05:45 pm:

Ha! Thanks Mary! That video always gets a laugh!

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Monday, November 18, 2019 - 06:40 pm:

Just wait until they bring in Round-A-Bouts.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Monday, November 18, 2019 - 07:25 pm:

Most certainly this video inspired more round-a-bouts!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, November 18, 2019 - 08:22 pm:

There was a really bad round-a-bout accident out
here last week. So nothing's perfect. And that
video doesn't make me laugh a bit. It scares the
crap out of me, lol.

By D. A. (Midwested) on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 02:13 am:

After all the Winters I spent in the U.P., I am SO glad I never had a car.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 06:00 am:

"Looking down Sheldon Ave."? <Gaaack!>

Would you believe Shelden Ave.?

See history lesson here
(click →) Wikipedia|Ransom B. Shelden Sr. (quoted here in part):


Ransom Bird Shelden Sr. was the founder of Houghton

The main street of Houghton, variously called "Sheldon Street," (inaccurately) "Shelden Avenue" and "Sheldon Avenue," [also inaccurately! -FRN] was named in Shelden's honour.

I knew him well.

Er maybe not, I'm not quite that old, I just feel like it some days!

And Centennial Heights? My mom and dad were both born in Centennial Heights, but seven years apart in age, they never met until they both wound up in Detrioit!

"Turning Left in Houghton":
Been there, done that! — which brings up a question:

Q: What are snowbanks (on the North/south streets in Houghton)?
A: Emergency brakes.
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