July 16-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: July: July 16-11
Troll Trap    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Deb Simons
Mystery Machine    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Deb Simons
U.S. Post Office    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Deb Simons

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 08:14 am:

Located 30 miles from the Mackinac Bridge, on highway 123, you'll find the small U.P. town of Trout Lake. It is a sports enthusiast's and tourist's paradise, with plenty of opportunity for fishing, hunting, boating and water sport activities, along with being centrally located for many eastern U.P. attractions. When Deb Simons traveled through the town, she spotted the Troll Trap, where folks can pick up souvenirs, along with just about anything else you might need when you're traveling. Next door to the unique gift shop, Deb spotted the Mystery Machine, but there was no sign of Shaggy or Scooby Doo around. Her final stop in Trout Lake, was to mail some post cards to friends and family at the Post Office there in town. Looks like a nice place to spend a few days!

By sometimesyooper (Nancyd) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 08:25 am:

Now I have to laugh. I tried to go to what's up and it's from 2 days ago, along with my comment that I have a hard time seeing the daily post, at the time it's posted! Oh well, those photos are so pretty, I enjoy seeing them again.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 08:33 am:

Looks like a nice Mom 'n' Pop store.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 08:44 am:

Nancyd...it sounds like your computer settings are messed up. Try clicking on your "refresh" button to bring up the current page.

Nice photos, by the way! The van would be a big hit at the Dream Cruise.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 08:45 am:

Fun pictures Deb! Love them!

By Dan Kemp (Upkemper) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 09:08 am:

Some years ago, I stopped for gas in Trout Lake and the gas station was closed. There was a small sign on the door that said, "If we're not here, check in the bar next door. If we're not there, call our home phone 906-xxx-xxxx."

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 09:30 am:

Neat pics, Deb, thanks!

By Brenda Leigh (Brownmoose) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 09:43 am:

Great photos of that small town image in the U.P.
Dan, several years ago we encountered something similar up in Big Bay. We wanted to stay at the old Ford Depot called the Big Bay Depot. There was no one at the office but a note on the door said come in. Then we were instructed to call a 906-xxx-xxxx number which we did. They answered and told us to go on and look at the rooms and that they would be there in ten minutes. It was refreshing to know that somewhere in AMERICA there is still trust of other human beings. It was so neat to just check out each room. We had a wonderful stay there and have been back several times since.
P.S. Thanks to all for the comments on the Alpaca photos. I went to visit them this A.M. and it was much like Capt. Paul stated - you do want to just run right up and hug them.

By sometimesyooper (Nancyd) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 09:51 am:

Alex, thanks for the tip. I have done the refresh button, many times. I am still seeing the "what's up" slide show from 2 days ago. Is everyone else seeing todays? A week from today my toes will be in the sand at Great Sand Bay! Yipee!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 09:56 am:

Thanks for all the fun comments on my photos, you guys. It's nice to know that towns like this one still exist. We loved this little town when we were there. And the sign "Troll Trap" just cracked us up. Had to take a picture of the name of the town at the post office when we stopped to mail post cards, so we'd remember it.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 10:07 am:

Finally, truth in advertising!! ;-)

By John Dudash (Indyyooper) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 03:36 pm:

Many years ago while traveling in the western U.P. my Father tooks us to a cemetery that had little wood "huts" built over some of the graves.
If I recall they were Indian graves and the holes in the end of them were to "feed" the spirits. I was very young at the time and don't remember where this was.

I think I have seen some pics on here of these graves and would like to get some more info as to where these are located. I am taking my son to the U.P. week after next and would like to share this with him.

By Paul Roberts (Grizzlyadams) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 04:15 pm:

Today's WhatsUP has reset back to Thursday. Just an fyi. Good pictures today! I don't think I've ever been through Trout Lake. I'm sure I'd recall it.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 05:34 pm:

John D I remember seeing the same things on the graves in an Indian cemetary just east of Ashland, Wisconsin. This was years ago maybe in the 70's or early 80's. I'm sure we a had a couple of our kids with us then. Was on the right side (south) of the highway going east. Would enjoy if you could share whatever you find out.

By Brenda Leigh (Brownmoose) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 06:41 pm:

John D there are grave sites like this west of Sault Ste. Marie on the west side of Brimley. They are located in Bay Mills Reservation Area not to far from the old C a s i n o. There are two C a s i n o s there. A newer and larger one but just a little west of the old C a s i n o there are graves sites there.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 08:00 pm:

Hi Indyyooper ~

It sounds like the cemetery you're thinking about in the Western UP is the Indian Burial ground near Crystal Falls in Iron County. Was it next to/in a park? Check this site for a description and a map:


By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 08:03 pm:

Gosh, they have a website for everthing now..... J

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 08:04 pm:

Here's the description of the cemetery info posted above:

Cemetery notes and/or description:
Section 13, Pentago Trail off County Road 424 at Chicangon (Pentago) Park, Gassatra. Only a few burial houses and a brush fence remained of the ancient village by the year 1903. Iron County engineer Hebert Larson, Sr. convinced the county to buy the property and restore it as a park honoring the area's first inhabitants, the Native Americans. It was dedicated in 1922. Making it one of the first County parks in Michigan.

The park was named Pen-to-ga in honor of chief Edward's (Mush-Quo-No-Ns-Bi) wife, whose name was Biindigeyaasinokwe, shortened to Biindige and mispronounced by the newcomers as Pen-to-ga meaning bullhead.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 08:14 pm:

Oh yes, Capt Paul, this is a great genealogy site! If you ever want to do any family research this is a great place to search! We've been contributors for years now...... focusing on Civil War veterans at the moment.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 08:24 pm:

One other option Indyyooper;

This Indian cemetery is NE of L'Anse; Indian Pinery Cemetery, Baraga County, Michigan:


By jbuck (Jbuck) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 09:13 pm:

And now a word about Trout Lake... it was the most welcome sight in the world one blizzard-y night on the way back to NMU!

US2 was closed due to a storm coming from the SW with waves breaking across the road. So we headed up 75 and got off at 123 thinking we'd take 28 over to Marquette. Almost immediately we knew it was a bad decision ~ 123 wasn't even plowed and in the blowing snow it was hard telling where the road was.

After covering those 30 miles we came to a most welcome sight ~ what was then Tony's Roadhouse ~ a motel in Trout Lake. After getting the room we went 'downtown' (no Troll Trap back then) and bought some candy bars and pop and crackers in the bar/store for dinner.

Daylight, and plowed roads, came too late to make it to my Monday morning classes, but at least there weren't any exams scheduled!

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 10:14 pm:

LOL Capt...if you go before me, I'll be able to find you and vice-versa :)

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 12:04 am:

I wouldn't have worried jbuck, it was NMU; it's not like you missed anything anyway!! :-P

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 09:17 am:

I knew that was coming......

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 01:17 pm:

LOL!!! J
All in good fun, jbuck.

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