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Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2000: November: Nov 11-00
Mining cabin at Victoria    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Dan Urbanski

Charlie at Pasty Central on Saturday, November 11, 2000 - 06:10 pm:

Perhaps you recall these cabins which appeared on the Pasty Cam back in February... A mining village west of the Keweenaw known as Victoria (near Ontonagon). Today our Silver City sleuth Dan Urbanski investigates the furnishings of this 19th century dwelling.

Sometimes I think it would be nice to travel back to those simpler days. But besides automatic home heating, electric lights and indoor plumbing, it sure would be hard to bring you the Pasty Cam each day without the Internet.

From the archives

By Florida on Saturday, November 11, 2000 - 07:23 pm:

Are these private cabins or something open to the public?

By Reldnew, Ohio on Saturday, November 11, 2000 - 08:52 pm:

Yeah, can you rent these cabins?

By Rose - Channahon, IL on Saturday, November 11, 2000 - 08:54 pm:

It would be fun to spend a summer in one of these cabins. I think I could do it as I remember wood stoves and outhouses! winter, no thank you!

By Dan U on Saturday, November 11, 2000 - 08:59 pm:

The cabins are open to the public. At one time
they were available for rent, but I'm not sure if
that is still the case. Email me and I'll find out
for sure.

By Bill Penprase on Sunday, November 12, 2000 - 12:46 am:

Charlie, those cabin pictures bring back many memories. Apparently the design for them was quite standard. There were several in Phoenix. "Grandma Barrett"(sp?) lived in one about 150 feet west of where the snowmobiles,used to groom the trails, are parked in the summer. She was a wonderful old lady and often told us about her father who worked the early mines in Central,Cliff and Phoenix. We picked here up every Sunday afernoon to take her to Gitche Gumee. In the early 30's she was about 80 years old. Anyway there were other identical cabins there.

Clifton also had cabins of the same design. Again in the early 30's,my dad was given the key to the Mining Captains old cabin in Clifton and was told he could have any of the furniture. We took two platform glider chairs that were covered with a beautiful fabric and each had a footstool that pulled out from underneath. We also took a captain's rocking chair. It was beautiful furniture.

The stove in the picture is identical to my grandmother's. She lived in the big house behind Clem's restaurant in Mohawk.

Those crocks under the table were used to mix the root beer for Christmas and the Fourth of July. We kids could hardly wait for the root beer to be ready to drink.

Thanks Charlie for those memories :)

By Bonnie AZ. on Sunday, November 12, 2000 - 01:45 am:

How wonderful it is to see that some had the foresight to rescue those old homes in Victoria. We have a picture taken about 1970 in Victoria with are then 4 year old son waving his hands like mad to keep all the chitos and black flies away from his face. The grass was nearly up to his head. Wish I had a scanner to send you the picture. We were residents of White Pine from '67 to '72. Hope to return the area some day.

By kkoski-MI on Sunday, November 12, 2000 - 11:01 am:

I don't remember visiting Victoria- but we used to camp at Fayette. They had a Ghost Town near the campground. It was a group of old furnished old homes alot like these. There was no fee or anyone around that I can recall.... It was my favorite hang out when I was about 10 or 11. I pretended the fanciest one was mine- I'd sit on the porch or walk thru the town imagining I was back in those days going to school, etc...
Now that was some good fun!

By Dave Trudgeon on Sunday, November 12, 2000 - 12:32 pm:

Thanks for the pictures at Victoria. It brings back memories of several years ago when we visited this "ghost town" and spent a week in the Porkies. If in the area please visit Dan Urbanski's studio in Silver City. You will not be disappointed.

By Don C, Wa. on Monday, November 13, 2000 - 02:39 am:

Dan, Bill Penprase is right, there are cabins almost identical to these in Phoenix, just to the west of 41 on the road to Eagle River. I stayed in one owned by a Dollar Bay resident. I thought it was the same cabin until I read the cam note. Nice work. Thanks

By Rose - Channahon, IL on Monday, October 22, 2001 - 10:42 pm:


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