Jun 22-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: Jun: Jun 22-03
Roundhouse by Ray Lahikainen    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo from Marlin Wenberg
Aerial view today    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Rick Anderson

By Marlin Wenberg, Copper Country on Sunday, June 22, 2003 - 10:30 am:

Here is an oil painting done by Ray Lahikainen of Houghton. It is the old Roundhouse in Houghton where is now the Shoots & Ladders Park. Painting is from around 1920 or so. He collects old photos from Tech archives etc. Then puts together an oil painting of the historic scene.

The second aerial photo is from Rick Anderson, showing the present day area where the Roundhouse was located. It's the circular drive in the lower right corner, to the left of the U.P. watermark.

Rick has promised to give us views of the peninsula all week. See more at

By pcm on Sunday, June 22, 2003 - 10:47 am:

Very nice!

By Fran,Ga on Sunday, June 22, 2003 - 01:21 pm:

I have some questions concerning the roundhouse. Wasn't it there by the bridge(R side)? That is where I always thought it was.If so what is the road running alongside it? The Chutes and Ladders Park is new since I lived there. Location?
MARLIN,how is Ray related to Dennis? An Uncle?

By Paul in Illinois on Sunday, June 22, 2003 - 01:25 pm:

Nice painting of the the Copper Range Roundhouse and docks. Many tons of coal came in there and many tons of copper left. See photos of the way it was on Kevin Musser's Copper Range Railroad site. The old highway route up the hill was steeper with sharper curves when the roundhouse was still there. My Grandfather drove truck for Bridgeman & Russel Dairy for awhile during the depression. He said he commonly came down that hill with one foot out on the running board so he could bail in case the brakes failed.
At the risk of starting a cyber riot, some of us think the roundhouse was far more attractive than Shoots & Ladders.

By RCW $ BAY on Sunday, June 22, 2003 - 03:49 pm:

Gee that photo of the Waterway should make the 2004 calender

By BT, TC on Sunday, June 22, 2003 - 04:57 pm:

What is a chutes & ladders park?

By AimeeR, MTU on Sunday, June 22, 2003 - 05:35 pm:

Chutes and ladders is a park with a bunch of picnic tables and grills and a beach, but it's namesake is the huge play structure. It's got all kinds of ways to get up to the top, and a bunch of slides. A picture was posted here on Pasty Cam...

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Sunday, June 22, 2003 - 07:56 pm:

TWO WOWS in ONE day! Only here!

By Bee Sarasota. FL on Sunday, June 22, 2003 - 08:09 pm:

Bee...Sarasota, FL A beautiful painting from Ray, and I am lucky enough to have one of his other paintings in my living room. He is not only a great artist, he is a GOOD man! I must agree with another writer...the sky shot of the bridge and Portage should make the 2004 calendar.

By Grandma's Pasties, MN on Sunday, June 22, 2003 - 10:32 pm:

Best sky shot I've ever seen. Changed my background as soon as I saw it. I vote for the calendar too.

By Patt - Howell, MI on Sunday, June 22, 2003 - 10:44 pm:

Anyone else having problems logging on to the Daily Mining Gazette's Web sight today or is it just me?

By Karen P. MN on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 08:02 am:

Both pictures are great. The skyview is a WOW and a candidate for the calendar.

By Fran,Ga on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 08:17 am:

I couldn't get the Gaette either.

By Fran,Ga on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 08:18 am:

I couldn't get the Gazette either.

By Fran,Ga on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 08:20 am:

Sorry about that!

By MKW MI on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 10:51 am:

Fran in GA.
Yes,Ray is Dennis's Uncle. Such a talented family. Ray's daughters are artists also.

By Connie - Colorado on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 01:50 pm:

Rick Anderson's Photo is truly great. I would have changed my wallpaper to it, but I can't let go of the photo from the lookout so I'll keep that one. I will, however, save a copy of the Anderson photo. Chutes and Ladders park was added in the 1980's, where the round house remains were for so long. Those who wonder where it is... well, imagine that you are going out to the Houghton Breakers, the park is between the Canal Road and the canal itself! They have a campground there too. They also put a memorial at the bottom of Quincy Street in Houghton, with a lovely walkway. Could Houghton someday be like San Diego?

By Byrl Vaughan Boone,NC on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 05:07 pm:

Nice job Ray.I see you haven't lost your touch.
Give my regards to June and the rest of the family

Your friend Byrl

By Joseph Dase MTU Mining Student Houghton on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 10:18 pm:

Amen Paul! I would much rather see the roundhouse and coal dock as opposed to over priced condos and a kiddie play ground.

By Billy R. Slimp, Arlington TX on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 10:38 pm:

The painting is wonderful! That is one of the types of paintings that I really enjoy looking at.

By Eyes wide shut on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 - 05:05 pm:

paul and Joseph,
While many of us might prefer to see the roundhouse and coal dock in operation, as opposed to the current homes and park, it is undeniably a fact that the round house was no longer viable onsite. For so many years this was just an ugly blight on the landscape. I think the waterfront walk, homes and park are a vast improvement over the stamp sand and derelict remains of the past.

By Sandy Slater, Kentucky on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 - 05:13 pm:

Ray Lahikainen is not only a wonderful painter he is also a great dad! Dad, we will see you all soon!

By Marge DeWitt Bryant from East TN on Saturday, June 28, 2003 - 05:26 pm:

Thanks so much for sharing your painting with us.
Your 'Chalk-Talk' drawings were so inspirational to all of us, when you and June were our Youth Leaders at Moody Church, Chicago.

Keep inspiring......you are so great at it!

By Dr. John andGinny E. WI on Sunday, June 29, 2003 - 11:49 pm:

Thanks for sharing,Ray.Greeetings to June.

By Meryl Redpath Linquist Wilson on Thursday, August 7, 2003 - 11:24 pm:

Great painting Ray. Greetings to June.

By Dave Hiltunen In the Smoky's TN. on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 09:33 am:

Sandy in Kentucky;I belive you are the Sandy from Morton Grove,IL.that came to Dollar Bay in the 60's when we were alot younger.

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