Dec 27-09

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2009: December: Dec 27-09
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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 10:59 am:

A couple of years ago the Pasty Cam recalled a scene in Copper Harbor familiar to many former visitors to the area. The old Souvenir Shop at the Harbor captured our attention for many years, but I wonder how many people really ever saw it in service? Some time back somebody sent me this icy shot of the Altadoc hugging the shore after an apparent run through frigid seas. Bet the crew was glad to have a little break.

Edie and I are in Southeast Michigan this morning, heading back to the Copper Country, facing some of that Great Lakes winter weather. I understand it actually rained back home this long weekend. yuk.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with the ones you love, as we head toward the end of '09. Stay safe and warm, and have a good week :o)

By Mike (Upboundeh) on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 11:26 am:

Wow! what a bit of history when you click on the "souvenir shop". The orange crush signs are neat. I love the simplicity of the last photo. Thanks Charlie, have a safe trip back up.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 11:27 am:

Historic pictures.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 11:34 am:

Fantastic pictures and story and have a safe trip home.

By sometimesyooper (Nancyd) on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 12:02 pm:

What happened to the Souvenir shop? Did it eventually get torn down? It is so unique.

By Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 12:45 pm:

According to the Altadoc pilothouse burned on March 22, 1987. In a post on the link above, Sharon Smith reports that a large bed of wildflowers covers the spot where the Souvenir Shop stood.

By Sharon I. Smith (Sharons) on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 12:55 pm:

The woman sitting on the porch is very likely Shirley Kauppi, a great friend and surrogate mother of mine, who passed away a couple of years ago. She was delighted when she heard that the Pilot House had been a Pasty Cam picture. The gift shop had been closed for many years when it burned - most likely an electrical problem - and the next year they planted flowers on the bare groundd. Now I think it's just grass, and only pictures like this one survive to remind us of what was once there.

By Donna (Donna) on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 05:39 pm:

I worked in the Harbor and knew Shirley Kauppi. What an elegant woman. She was the definition of "LADY". The Kauppi's raised a fine bunch of children in that Harbor!

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 07:07 pm:

It would be nice to put up a sign of some sorts to show where it was.

Well, the snowblower Bill got from his friends downstste has to be upgraded for a bigger one. We already knew that before we moved up here. ;O) So far things are going pretty good. I know we just got here but, I am waiting for spring to arrive.

By Wes Scott (Travelnorth) on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 07:42 pm:

Just wonderful history up in Copper Harbor.
I really enjoy the story today. And all the fine
folks chiming in with the tidbits of history.
You can't find this information anywhere but on! Wonderful!

I added it to my links on this site:

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