Nov 26-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: November: Nov 26-08
Price a few years back    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Charlie Hopper
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Photos by Charlie Hopper
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Photos by Charlie Hopper

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 05:44 am:

Our Webmaster, Charlie Hopper, was out and about Monday morning and noticed an interesting comparison in gas prices. The first is a shot of Kauppi's in Calumet, closed in 2004 when the gas price was $1.94. The second is the Holiday Station also in Calumet, still open. The gas price on their sign was $1.93, one cent less than four years ago. After paying for gas in the mid $4 range of late, it's nice to see the price dropping - for the first time this week below Kauppi's 'frozen in time' price. Now let's just keep our fingers crossed that it stays under $2 for a while.

By Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 05:45 am:

Stop the presses, Mary...

The third shot is even more recent (yesterday afternoon). For several years Mary Drew has been getting the pictures ready a day ahead, and I do the final publish each morning. Between early Monday and Tuesday afternoon the price at Holiday on US-41 dropped another 6 cents! Edie and I were impressed that the old Kauppi sign (which had looked so low this summer compared to $4+) now actually seems on the high side :o)

By the way - a little trivia - you can barely see Edie in our Ford Explorer next to the Holiday sign in the third photo above. It just so happens, Edie also appeared on the Pasty Cam 10 years ago today, when she and I took a snowless walk through the woods between Camp Gitche Gumee and the Lake Superior shore.

The lovely bride

Eric Stewart (Estew) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 06:15 am:

I've been thinking about that Kauppi sign a lot lately. Every time I drive by it when we're up there I chuckle and get nostalgic. Now we've gone well below that in Ohio and $1.94 seems high again. I hope the driving habits that started to change at $4/gallon don't go back to what they were at $2. Good morning and Happy Almost-Thanksgiving everyone!

By Vicky P (Vickyp) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 06:16 am:

Wow Charlie - even the prices today are high up there compared to down state. I paid 1.61 in Mt. Clemens on Tuesday.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 06:42 am:

There was a gas station, I believe, in Detroit selling gas for less than a dollar a gallon. That did not last very long though. By where we live a gas station had gas for a 1.06 a gallon. I do hope the prices stay low for a while. :O)))

By Lori Houle (Runnerlori) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 06:59 am:

I paid $1.58 per gallon at a gas station just north of Lennon, Mi on Monday. Yay! What a nice feeling to get change back when you pre pay with cash! woohoooooo...

By Pat & Glenda (Gormfrog) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 07:12 am:

$1.41 a gallon along interstate 55 in Northeast Arkansas Sunday!!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 07:14 am:

Our gas prices are at $1.65 right now. They've been steadily dropping. I like it. I never thought I'd see these prices again. We'll see how long it lasts.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 07:36 am:

Gas is cheaper in Toronto too--not as cheap as in Michigan
though, 78 cents a litre.

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 08:25 am:

A website called is a good place to check out gas prices at the stations in your area. As regards driving habits, I have backslid a little. I was driving on a 2-lane, 55mph road instead of the 70mph highway commuting to work (and if you think I could just drive slower on the highway, you don't know the drivers in SE Michigan). I also drove 65mph when I did have to take to the highway. Now I sometimes do go the speed limit on the highway, and take it more often. Shocking.

Everyone have a nice Thanksgiving.

By Jim Nicholas (Jimn) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 08:28 am:


By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 09:42 am:

Its funny these pictures are on here today. On my way home from work yesterday I was thinking just that when I drove past both those stations. I hope it lasts.

By robert (Robze) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 10:16 am:

Stop rubbing it in, just paid $2.24 a gal of mid-grade yesterday here in California. But we are getting closer to that ever elusive $2.00 mark.

By Christopher Lynn (X87lynn) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 10:42 am:

I have 2 pictures of that gas station from sept 2005, the price did seem low , frozen in time, espiclly last summer on the way up to copper harbor. how do I include a picture?

By Bob Williams (Wabbit) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 11:13 am:

They should open back up along with the sister station in Mohawk!

By Eugene Zuverink (Zube) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 11:26 am:

Gas is at $1.55 here, never thought we would see it under $2.00,again, but here it is.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Times are rough but we have so much to be thankful for.

By Paul H. Meier (Paul) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 11:52 am:

I am enjoying >$2 gas as much as anyone. Unfortunately, Eric, most Americans have the memory span of fruit flies and will be back to their old habits shortly. They will also be outraged when gas prices go back up.
The other down side to this is many of our high cost wells here in the US have already stopped pumping. This and the recession will put a damper on any alternative energy initiatives since the price differential has disappeared for the time being. Same with any movement to rationalize transportation, the price differential is gone again.
Look at the history of the Copper Country, especially after the western mines opened. The high cost CC mines only thrived in times of high copper prices and when they could control the labor costs.
Yes, short term this is good news - maybe the only good news - for all of us who need to drive. But management by crisis seems to be the American way. Unless change has really arrived, the high prices of 2008 will return and the 3 American auto manufacturers, if they survive this, will again be caught trying to sell the wrong product. This will happen because I bet already there are those with fruit fly memories and way too much testosterone who are contemplating the bargains on the big trucks and SUV's.
Happy Thanksgiving

By Uncle Chuck @ Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 10:48 pm:

$1.61/gal. here in Commerce Twp. Happy TG to you all!

Snowman, how you doin? You alright?

By Sandy G (Artessss) on Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 01:19 am:

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you...and be thankful indeed for all we have! God Bless!

By Richard Wieber (Dickingrayling) on Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 01:56 am:

Paul You a right on target. Have you noticed that now that fuel prices are dropping Mr. T. Boone Pickens isn't selling any new ideas on TV anymore. With low gas prices we can now afford to do research on alternet fuels, but we won't. Not until we are caught in a crunch again. If we really start fighting with Muslems the middle east oil will be out of the question and we will only have our own oil to use, and won't be able to refine it. So much for winning that war.

By John W Anderson (Wd8rth) on Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 09:42 am:

I think the reporters at WLUC TV6 must be looking at They did a story last night about the gas signs in Calumet.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving weekend

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Friday, November 28, 2008 - 10:04 pm:

As of this writing, gasoline in my neck of the woods is $1.66. I
Don't mean 2 make anybody jealous

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