Sep 11-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: September: Sep 11-11
Jacob's Falls flood    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by John Titlow
Assessing the damage    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos from Victor & Patricia Hillebrand
Should it be rebuilt?    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos from Victor & Patricia Hillebrand
Right off the foundations    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos from Victor & Patricia Hillebrand

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 09:10 am:

On Friday's Pasty Cam we featured a picture taken at Jacob's Creek, which stirred some conversation and memories. Some folks recalled the 10 unit motel that used to be across the road there, built by John Bausano and family in 1955. During a wet spring in 1971, the business suddenly ceased when a beaver dam broke above Jacobs Falls, sending down a wall of water that knocked the motel right off its foundations. John Titlow sent us the black and white photo, to follow up Friday's discussion

This was taken in the Spring 1971, after the beaver dam broke. The volume of water destroyed the motel across the street and a good portion of M-26 downstream from the motel. As I recall the motel owners had not returned to the Copper Country, the motel was empty.

The view is taken looking back at the falls, that is the hole in the trees directly across from the motel. I was standing down hill of the M-26 road level. M-26 ran between the motel and the falls.

There is no M-26 in this shot because M-26 is all washed out. M-26 is to the left of the photo and in front of the motel. The view of the motel is the rear. The destruction was about 1/4 of a mile downstream from the falls.
The color pictures are from Victor & Patricia Hillebrand, taken later in the summer when the Bausano's were checking out the damage. In an article in the current "Superior Signal" newsletter, Paul LaVanway reports that the Bausanos chose not to rebuild the motel, but instead devoted their attention to their other business, the Great Northern Mineral Supply Company. Their son Tony eventually bought the business, which today is: Copper World.

Next week we'll fill in a little more of the history of the Jacob's Falls area, and some pictures of the early days, before it became home to the Jampot and the Society of St. John Monastery.

Have a good week :o)
Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 09:36 am:

Wonder what all those folks are looking at/for in the last photo. Maybe a pet wandered under there? Surely they (who seem to be mostly female) aren't planning on crawling beneath!! Water can certainly be destructive! Today is the day...remember the victims of 9/11!

By Donna (Donna) on Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 11:18 am:

The 9-11 Memorial on tv is incredible. NEVER FORGET!

By Carole (Carole) on Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 11:55 am:

OMG!!! That is my dad in the picture and my sister is Pat Hillebrand. Awesome!!!

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 02:08 pm:

So that's what used to be across the road from Jacob's Falls. I had always heard there was a gift shop or something there, but had never seen any photos until now. Thanks Charlie and the photographers for sharing.......

By JAD, Orgnst (Jandalq) on Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 02:36 pm:

I do recall the motel and the flood. Much concern had been expressed that the building and the ensuing traffic were ruining a picturesque area. I had some friends who felt that Mother Nature was enacting revenge. Sorry 'bout that comment, but it was so.

By Carole (Carole) on Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 03:11 pm:

Pictures were taken by my parents back in '71 while they were on vacation. At the time we had a family camp around the bend in the road that was down from where the monastary now is. The motel was out of place by the falls, as it took away from the natural beauty of the area. Glad that no one built there again.

By RD, Iowa (Rdiowa) on Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 03:11 pm:

I can vaguely recall seeing the mom and pop motel in the late 60's. Wonder if any Pasty Cam watchers actually stayed there?

By Brian Rendel (Brianrendel) on Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 10:32 pm:

I drove past there this afternoon and was thinking about the
washout back in '71. I was just ten then but remember the
impressive damage.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, September 12, 2011 - 07:50 am:

Boy, I remember when that happened. It was so very sad. It just seems so bare to me across from Jacob's Falls since that happened. To this day I expect to see that motel. Thanks for the pictures!!

By Mary Anne Utich (Mutich) on Monday, September 12, 2011 - 03:13 pm:

WONDERFUL!! The man in the picture is my husband's
Father, the Hillebrands are his sister and brother-
in-law. So nice to see his Dad looking young and
healthy. My husbands looks so much like his Dad in
his younger days. Thanks for sharing these

By Barbara Kauppila (Bkphoenix) on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 10:48 pm:

I lived in Phoenix,MI and worked at the motel and gift shop for the
first three years it was open for John Bausano. It was a sad day
when it was washed away.

By James W. Hird (Wvyooper) on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 07:01 pm:

I hate to contradict the beaver dam theory but my buddy and I walked up Jacobs creek immediately after the flood. And I mean immediately like within the second hour after it happened. We also went to the top of the bluff to investigate just where the water came from.
If you take the road from Central across the bluff to top you find Owl lake. I believe the lake was formed to create a water supply for the Central mine. An earthen dam at the end failed and did gain water by over flowing several beaver dams in the valley but the cause was the Owl Lake dam failier. The lake level was dropped by about 6 to 8 feet in a very short period of time.
You can still see the the remains of the original dam and the notch cut through it.
Also note that the beavers have filled in part of the original hole and raised the lake back up several feet.
Anyone interested I have photos to prove it.

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