Mar 03-13

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2013: March: Mar 03-13
Sleigh in the Copper Country    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by J.T. Reeder
2013 CopperDog 150    ...scroll down to share comments
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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 08:12 am:

Right around 100 years ago, J.T. Reeder captured the top scene of that sleigh clipping along what appears to be College Avenue here in the Copper Country. When I first glanced at the photo, an optical illusion (floaters in my eyes, hair on my screen, ?) gave me the impression that the tiny dog was providing the propulsion, something like this:

JT Reeder
My sanity returned when the horse finally came in to focus.

Dog sleds are on our mind this weekend because of the CopperDog 150, which concludes this afternoon on 5th Street in Calumet. Today's second picture (courtesy of Brockit and CopperDog150) puts you in the action where it all started Friday evening.

If you happen to read this during the day today (Sunday) you can track the progress of the mushers on the neat GPS driven pages over at Just like our Marine Traffic report shows you the positions of boats on Superior (in season), these maps take you right along the Keweenaw trails with each team.

Our thanks again to the MTU Archives for preserving J.T. Reeders photos from his family. And thanks to all the CopperDog volunteers and participants who have made this such a memorable weekend! Have a good week :o)
Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 08:33 am:

LOL! Charlie, I must have the same 'floaters' or 'hairy screen' because I thought the same thing. Mr. Reeder sure did have a way with a camera!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 09:40 am:

One of these years, I am going to get there for those races. It seems like a lot of fun is had by all!

By Eugene Zuverink (Zube) on Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 10:51 am:

You can watch a lot of the race on U TUBE, it's neat. They sure do a lot of things in the
Keweenaw in the winter.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 11:18 am:

Never under estimate the determination of smaller

By J T (Jtinchicago) on Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 11:49 am:

Greetings Charlie:

Regarding the B&W photo at the top, is it possible that Mr. J. T. Reeder took this photo looking South along Mine Street in Calumet, Michigan? I'm going by what appears to be smoke on the horizon (a long shot that it's C&H smoke) and the style of homes on the left.

Also note that the first house shown on the left has no snow on the roof and one of the storm windows is opened. Either a warm day in the Copper Country or the owner had lots of free coal.


By Richard Wieber (Flarich) on Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 02:56 pm:

J T----I noticed the same thing but after some thought changed my mind. Most of the homes UP there didn't have much or any insulation, there fore minimal roof snow and because there was little central heat the heater which burned oil or wood gave off a lot of smoke. Windows were opened for a short period to air the homes. Ours even had closeable vents along the botton of the "storm" windows because sometime the window was frozen shut and hard to open.

By Gary W. Long (Gary_in_co) on Monday, March 4, 2013 - 01:20 pm:

Those baskets on the sled look like the kind that they used to use in local markets and stores. He may have been delivering or returning from a delivery. I would guess delivering since the baskets could be “nested” to save space if empty. It also looks like he had a bowl of something next to him and maybe a spoon in the bowl. Some warm food perhaps to eat?

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