Nov 08-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: November: Nov 08-11
Sunset skyline in Nahma    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
Waste burner    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
Weathervane atop burner cap    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
Brenda in the burner    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
A look up at the mesh cap    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
The eye of the burner    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 07:48 am:

The little town of Nahma, was actually established by the Bay De Noquet Lumber Company, as a base for its lumbering operations. Brenda Leigh and her hubby, Jim, recently made a visit here and did some exploring of the lumber company waste burner, pictured in the distance in the sunset photo and then closer up, in the remaining photos.

The following information about the burner is taken from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior National Park Service document, found here: National Register of Historic Places Registration Form.

The Bay de Noquet Lumber Company Waste Burner is a cylindrical brick-lined iron structure about one hundred feet tall and thirty-two feet in diameter between the outer walls. Constructed between 1888 and 1893, the structure was built to burn bark and other waste products from the company's nearby sawmill. Standing on a limestone base, the burner is faced in plates supported by five broad horizontal metal bands or straps in the lower portion and four more horizontal cylindrical metal bands toward the top. Brick walls line the lower part of the interior. In the lower thirty feet the brick lining is one and one-half feet in thickness, in the twenty-four feet above that the lining is one brick or about eight inches in thickness. Above the fifty-four-foot level the burner has no lining. A hemispherical metal mesh screen, topped by a weather vane bearing the initials of the Bay de Noquet Company - B. De. N. Co. - caps the burner.

The Bay de Noquet Company structure is the last of the many of its late nineteenth century generation of wood waste burners associated with sawmill and wood products operations known to survive in Michigan. The burner is the only remnant left of the Bay de Noquet Company sawmill operation that gave rise to the company town of Nahma in the early 1880s and served as the village's economic mainstay until 1951, when the mills closed down.
Brenda crawled inside to get the last two photos and said that the air flow inside is incredible. Her last photo is quite interesting, somewhat of an optical illusion, looking like it could be a big eyeball and certainly doesn't look like it is an outward dome atop the burner structure. Thanks for taking us along on your exploration of this historic U.P. structure, Brenda!
Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 07:56 am:

Brenda sure does do some fun stuff!! Very nice pictures, Brenda!!

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 08:29 am:

Like the pictures.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 08:35 am:

Great photos, Brenda!!
Nice bit of history as well; definitely will be on my "to do" list of items the next time we are in the area.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 08:41 am:

You've got guts, Brenda. I don't know if I could crawl thru that opening.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 09:07 am:

Love the first photo, with the moon over the burner. The way the water is flowing onto the beach by (I assume) Brenda's hubby's feet, it almost looks like 2 separate bodies of water. Really nice shots, Brenda!

By Robert Goniea (Rjgoniea) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 09:08 am:

In photos 3 and 4: proof that Sauron fled Middle
Earth to spend a quiet retirement in da UP. :D

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 09:09 am:

Amazing that the waste burner can make such a beautiful, serene picture!

By Just me (Jaby) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 12:14 pm:

I love the photos and the very interesting information today!!

By Donna (Donna) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 05:05 pm:

I looked and yelled..."And there's Brenda's"....when I saw the pic of the Burner with Jim. GREAT PHOTOS...

AND, (ahem) shout out....In Nahma, is my little bro's B&B, which is where Brenda and Jim stayed!

The Nahma Inn was featured on Pasty;

And what fun in Nahma....The place has 15 bedrooms, a dining room and a's like partying in your own living room...And, if you don't know everyone when you get there, you WILL by the time you's the best time....check it out!!

By Pam & Jim - Calumet (Pjgrill) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 05:26 pm:

Oh what memories came back to me this morning when seeing the story on Nahma.. My friend and buddy was born and raised in Nahma, plus he had a camp on the Garden Pen side, so a lot of time was spent down in that area. Playing weekend golf on the Nahma Golf Course, and oh what a great bunch of guys in that area. Does anyone remember the Store? The steps leading up to the porch, and upon entering the store WOW, you could purchase fresh meat, grocies, winter underwear, coats, you name it, they had it. How about the Friday fish fries at Garden Corners, and also great pizza. Perch fishing was great in the bay, twas a little piece of heaven.

By Brenda Leigh (Brownmoose) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 06:43 pm:

Pam and Jim, it still is a peace of heaven. The General Store is still there although not operating. Nahma is a beautiful new find for us! We have been there on three occasions already and will continue to go back. The people in the area are so friendly. IT IS A GEM. We were able to tour the General Store as well. What a walk through the past that was. The Friday fish fry at the INN was the best whitefish I have had in years. We hope to catch some of those perch one of these days as well.

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments. They are appreciated.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 10:20 pm:

So...did I miss directions to get to this paradise? People raised in this part of the UP seem to assume that everyone knows where these wonderful places are. I have a map of the UP here in the front drawer of this desk. It's worn thread bare from checking for these little gems. Have an address for a B&B Deb S's relative runs but have no idea how to reach it. Or just about where it is. Please keep this in mind hey?

By Donna (Donna) on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 08:45 am:

Hi are right...maps should be posted, and one is...if you check the link in my prior post, from when the Inn was featured on Pasty, Mary has a map in's there....

Nahma is in Delta County on the south shore of the U.P. on Lake Michigan. The Bay de Noc Lumber Company was originally built to provide the lumber to Chicago, to rebuild the city after it burned in the late 1800's. Once it was rebuilt..they no longer needed the mill and it was left to rot. Nahma at one time had a school and all...and legend has it, that one of the school teachers there used to run the kitchen in the boarding house...which is now the Inn....and she's the ghost that's still of them. She's the "major player" to speak. Her name is Nell..that's a nickname...I don't recall her real name.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 09:11 am:

To THIS day, I still miss you Terry.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 09:29 am:

Mary must be sleeping in, also. ;D

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 02:29 pm:

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