June 21-02

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2002: June: June 21-02
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Charlie at Pasty Central on Friday, June 21, 2002 - 07:10 am:

Our favorite place on earth is the U.P., the land of pine trees and pasties. From Drummond Island to Ironwood, Copper Harbor to Menominee, and all points in between. (Toivo recently sent me a map). But as you know if you frequent the Pasty Cam, we spend most of our time on the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Our explorations this week have taken us to some unusual places. Today's shot is a spot in the Copper Country which few people ever see. Look closely, put on your detective hat, and tell us where it's at.


By Dotty, Bootjack MI on Friday, June 21, 2002 - 07:32 am:

Are you inside the clock tower of the Calumet Theater, by any chance?

By Duane, Gladstone, MI on Friday, June 21, 2002 - 07:51 am:

This looks to me like the inside view of the mechanism of an old fashioned clock in a tower. I'm guessing it's in Calumet somewhere.

By jack, id on Friday, June 21, 2002 - 08:10 am:

its the gears that turn the hands on the 4 sides of the clock at the calumet theater,

By Carol, IN formerly MI on Friday, June 21, 2002 - 08:27 am:

Sure looks like inside a clock to me too. And if it's the Calumet theater, yes, I've been there. I wish I could come back and check it out today, it's too hot in Indiana! Love the map.

By Karen P. MN on Friday, June 21, 2002 - 09:42 am:

Looking at Toivo's map, the center of God's Country is south of Ishpeming and east of Republic. What's the nearest small town?

By Mike R, New Berlin WI on Friday, June 21, 2002 - 09:52 am:

South of Ishpeming and East of Republic is the thriving metropolis of Ralph. Ralph is where the blacktop ends going North or West. Just happens to be where my hunting camp is. 8 miles north of the last power and phone line. Heading there tonight.

By Yooper in Indiana on Friday, June 21, 2002 - 09:58 am:

It would be my guess that it is located in the Calumet Theater Building. Carol, where in Indiana? Bristol, here. Tis hot here yesterday, 94 and very high humidity and to be in the 90's again today. Perhaps a good day to leave work early!

By Lyn R. on Friday, June 21, 2002 - 04:01 pm:

Looks like Russ Mester correctly identified the car I took a picture of for Tuesday's Pasty Cam. It is a 1936 Plymouth Coupe. I knew there were old cars here, but I had no idea I would ever find a '36 around.

Sedan and Coupe
Photos by Lyn Rayrat (left) and J.R. Compton (right)

By me on Friday, June 21, 2002 - 07:44 pm:

That's the clock in the Cal Theatre.

By Ken from da UP on Friday, June 21, 2002 - 08:54 pm:

My guess is also the Calumet Theater clock tower.
Unless there's another one up there. How do you control two sets of hands with one shaft? Must be some more gearing up close to the faces, 'eh? I looked at a post card of the theater just to make sure there were 4 faces up there. :o)

By Mark Pasich Kaleva Michigan on Friday, June 21, 2002 - 10:19 pm:

I would have to say the Calumet Theater!! And I finally get to see again after 6 months of being away!! I am coming next Weds!!!! Thank God!
See you there!

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Saturday, June 22, 2002 - 12:25 am:

The Calumet Theatre
Village Hall
I suppose it is obvious that Friday's picture was taken inside a large clockworks, and telling you it's in the Copper Country pretty much narrows it down. In addition, about a dozen people mentioned they saw an article in the Daily Mining Gazette this week, about our research across the Keweenaw Peninsula for the PastyNET rooftop (or "treetop") wireless network. On Tuesday, the Calumet Village council gave us permission to research a wireless Internet solution which would use the roof of the historic Calumet Theatre for an access point, as councilman Joe Mihal suggested, from inside the clock tower. A fascinating concept.

Thursday Jonathan and I had the unique priviledge of climbing up in the tower to take some signal strength readings. Through the eastern face of the clock, we were actually able to log into an access point situated on top of the old radar building up at Mount Horace Greeley - over 15 miles away! While I worked on the laptop, Jonathan snapped a few shots inside this remarkable 19th century icon.

If you look closely at the oil can, you can see the other three clock faces, and faintly make out Jonathan's silhouette in the middle one.
For more information, here's a link with a good overview of the National Historical Park, of which Calumet Theatre is a part. It's an official website maintained by one of our PastyNET members, Tom Baker. Also, if you have the Acrobat Reader for your browser, you can read a wonderful article by Jan Nordberg which appeared in Michigan History magazine, entitled, "This Isn't A Klondike Town Anymore".
Larry Krayer, Fort Wayne, IN. on Saturday, June 22, 2002 - 01:12 am:

I've seen the clock from the outside 2 years ago on a trip to Copper Harbor. I see now how the hands work, how about showing the rest of the clock. What makes it go. I have seen some that are driven by heavy weights. Who takes care of it?

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