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McGulpin Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City


6-23-16

McGulpin Point sign

McGulpin Point Light House in Mackinaw City

McGulpin Point Lighthouse has been a sentinel on the Straits since 1869 and was recently refurbished to continue the service.  Admission is free but donations gratefully accepted.

Lighthouse sign

This is a self-guided tour , the rooms are decorated with many historic items. This is the ground floor.

McGulpin Tour InfoMcGulpin tour QR code

Let’s take a look at the many rooms in the lighthouse.

McGulpin Lighthouse room 1

McGulpin Lighthouse room 2

McGulpin Lighthouse Room 3

Here is the attic level rooms.

Attic level map McGulpin Lighthouse

McGulpin Lighthouse small bedroom

Large Bedroom, now a room to view a video about the lighthouse.

Large Bedroom McGulpin Lighthouse

Now, lets go up into the light area of the tower, what a great view of the Straits and the Mighty Mack!  Also a panoramic view from all of the windows.

McGulpin Light House light

Panorama View from Lighthouse windows

You have to crawl through this small door to go outside to the Observation Deck, we did!

McGulpin Lighthouse small door

Just in time to watch the barge Lewis J. Kuber go under the bridge!

Lewis J. Kuber going by McGulpin Point

It was time to go down and take the trail through the woodland down to the shore. There were info boards along the way.

Ch-Sin trail at McGulpin

Chi-Sin trail display at McGulpin

McGulpin Family Life sign

Across from this display is a replica of a wellhead constructed by an Eagle Scout. Very impressive!

Wellhead sign at McGulpin

McGulpin Wellhead

Further down the trail, we learn more about John McAlpin.

John McAlpin sign

John McAlpin figure

Charles de Langlade was another significant person in this area.

Charles de Langlade sign

Chi-Sin trail

Nissowaquet at McGulpin

And the last display before reaching shore, life here 9000 years ago.

Native Americans at McGulpin  9000 years ago

Native Americans in the Streights

We are here!  What a great view, a lot going on this summer day.

GcGulpin point shoreline

You could see Mackinac Island and St. Ignace from here.

St. Ignace view from McGulpin

Mackinac Island view from McGulpin

The St. Helena Island Lighthouse was also visible across the Strait.

St. Helena Island Lighthouse in Michigan

Also this interesting structure I thought was another lighthouse. We found out the next day after we crossed that it was a lookout tower attraction, $1.00 admission as part of a souvenir store called Curio Fair.  Maybe we can stop there on our next visit.

St. Ignace Look Out Tower IMG_1754

Curio Fair in St. Ignace

What a good time and we learned a lot about the early history at this crucial  Straits of Mackinac Lighhouse.  Stop in if you can!

McGulpin Lighthouse back

 

Manistee – The Victorian Port City


6-20-16

Manistee The Victorian Port City sign

Manistee is a city of 6,226 and is the county seat of Manistee County.  We only a saw a little since we were just staying overnight here before going to Mackinaw City the next morning.  It’s 25 minutes from Ludington and is of course, another port city.  The sun was getting low since it was after 7:30 PM by this point. We did want to see the light house so we went to First Street Beach. Unfortunately, it was under wraps for some restoration work.

Manistee light house

There was still plenty to see here, this is a beautiful park and even has a walking path that we saw many people using this evening.

Manistee Riverwalk sign

There is also a beautiful marina here called Harbor Village and a Coast Guard station is located here as well.

First Street Beach marina marker

Manistee First Street Beach marina

Manistee Coast Guard Station

On display to the right of the buildings.

Coast Guard boat in Manistee

Also a Lions Club concession stand and pavilion, complete with lion.

Manistee Lions Pavillion

On the other side of the pavilion is a ship propeller and plaque.  It was from the S.S. Glen.  When I was walking around I saw Al looking at them, he appeared to be saluting. He actually was trying to block the setting sun while reading the plaque.

Al in silouhette in Manistee

Manistee Ship Propeller display

S.S. Glen plaque on rock in Manistee

We were getting hungry and asked some passing walkers what would be a good place for dinner.  Without hesitation they said T.J.’s Pub in the historic Ramsdell Inn downtown.  Now I see how it got it’s slogan, “Victorian Port City”.

Downtown Manistee

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And here we are!  What a beautiful building at the heart of downtown!

Ramsdell Inn and T.J.'s Pub in Manistee

Ramsdell Inn corner view

T.J.'s Pub outside in Manistee

A few steps down and you are in!  We had a great dinner in a relaxing setting at the end of the day. This crystal decanter reflected the light in the room beautifully.  The french dip and chips hit the spot too.

T.J.'s Pub crystal decanter in Manistee

French Dip at T.J.'s

What a great dinner, it was time to go to our hotel, Microtel not not far from here.

Microtel in Manistee

On the way we saw the S.S. City of Milwaukee ship and Coast Guard Cutter.  Both retired ships  are museums now.

City of Milwaukee ship in Manistee

Our stay here was short but we are glad we came!

Racine – Wisconsin Harbor Town


April 18 and 19, 2015

 Also known as America’s Kringle Capital, Racine is one of the many beautiful Wisconsin Harbor Towns on the shore of Lake Michigan. We didn’t waste any time acquiring one of the delicious Danish pastry. We entered Racine on the west side and made our way to Bendtsen’s Bakery, providing Kringles to Racine for four generations, since 1934. We enjoyed the Turtle Kringle. They ship too!

Bendtsen's Bakery in Racine

Turtle Kringle from Bendtsen's Bakery

Racine also has a statue unique to the state, if not the country. On the grounds of Gateway Technical College is a statue of Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd. It depicts them before he became President. Mary Todd had been in Racine in June 1867 to see Racine College, which had been recommended for her son Tad.

Gateway College in Racine

Lincoln Statue in Racine

Lincoln Statue Inscriptions

Lincoln and Mary Todd Statue inscription 2

Racine Light Stations

A very important service protecting ships and boats on Lake Michigan for over 100 years. The one below is managed by the Coast Guard.

Racine Harbor Light Station

Racine Lighthouses

 The Racine Reef Lighthouse is also equipped with a warning horn, protecting boaters from a limestone reef in the area. Here is what is sounds like.

Finding this Light (directions provided by terrypepper.com)
From I-94, take Hwy 20 east. Hwy 20 eventually becomes Washington Ave. Follow Washington Ave. to Hwy 32, and head north on Hwy 32. Turn right on Christopher Columbus Causeway, and follow around the marina until the road ends in a parking area. Walk the short distance to the lighthouse at the marina entrance.”

There is also an info board telling more about the light station.

Racine Reef Lighthouse Info

Wind Point has a marker and a museum open during the summer.

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Historic Downtown Racine

Racine’s history has been well-preserved for all to enjoy. The Racine Heritage Museum is a great place to learn more.

Racine County Historical Museum

 In Monument Square you will find many markers telling of Racine’s early history. Also a Civil War monument in the center.

Monument Square

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The Racine Art Museum

Racine Art Museum

 Post Office

Racine Post Office

 It’s noon!  St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is ringing it’s bells. The whole downtown was chiming in fact.

Restaurants

We ate a meal at three restaurants and got a snack  at another place during our visit. Lunch on Saturday was at Kewpie Lunch, open since the 1920’s.  Yes, the theme is Kewpie Dolls.  They have great food too!

Kewpie Hamburgers collageKewpie hours

 Got a snack at the Sugar Shack Sweet Shoppe in Monument Square.

Sugar Shack Sweet Shoppe in Racine

We had dinner at Apple Holler, with a country theme. Lots of fun with many activities for kids and adults alike. Wonderful food there too.

Apple Holler in Racine

 On Sunday morning, we enjoyed brunch at Reefpoint Brew House, quite a nice menu there and a view of the Marina from the large windows.

Reefpoint Brew House in Racine

 Frank Lloyd Wright in Racine

He had a large presence in Racine, including company buildings.  There is one house designed by him, the Hardy House. It’s located in the Southside Historic District.

Southside Historic District and Parks in Racine

Hardy House FLW in Racine

Also Wingspread, which we took a free tour of!  You have to book this tour in advance. S.C. Johnson and his family lived here originally.  Due to high demand, we scheduled our tour about a month before our trip.  You can also book a tour of SC Johnson Research Tower as well, they are just five miles apart. The tower looks beautiful at night! Book your tour(s) here.

Wingspread House in Racine

SC Johnson Research Tower in Racine

 Also on the site is the beautiful Golden Rondelle Theatre and Fortaleza Hall, where a Sikorsky S-38 amphibious aircraft is displayed.

Rondelle Theatre and Fortaleza Hall in Racine

 Parks

Quarry Lake Park

We had been to Racine before, but it was all the way back in 1998, before we were married. We were very active scuba divers back then and we took a dive in the quarry here. We got a sketch of what you can find underwater in the quarry, facing north.

Racine Quarry facing North with symbol

Racine Quarry diagram

Pritchard Park

At this park is a Vets memorial and a historical marker as well.

Vets Memorial in Racine

The Spark marker in Racine

Washington Park

Across from Mound Cemetery (where we also visited), George Washington and other soldiers are honored. A cannon is also at the park.

Cannon in Washington Park in Racine

At Mound Cemetery, we saw a marker commemorating  Revolutionary War soldiers buried there.

Revolutionary War Solder marker at Mound Cemetery in Racine

Racine Harbor Park

Over by the lake and Marina, this park has a walking path along the lake, plus an elevated platform where you can see both the Breakwater light station, the other one across from it, and the Racine Reef  lighthouse as well. You can eat at the Reefpoint Brew House too out by the Marina.

Viewing Platform at Racine Harbor Park

Other Markers

Near the Racine Zoo is another marker (2131 N. Main), describing the cream-colored brick that many of the buildings are built from.

Cream Brick marker in Racine

At Windpoint we visited a Bohemian Schoolhouse, a large part of Al’s heritage.

Bohemian Schoolhouse in WindpointBohemian Schoolhouse marker in Windpoint

There is so much to see and do in Racine, well worth a visit.  One day is not enough, so we spent the night at Knight’s Inn. It was economical to stay there and quiet.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Racine!

Manitowoc – Wisconsin Harbor Town


Welcome sign in Manitowoc

 

1997 to Present

Manitowoc is a city of 33,736 located on the shores of Lake Michigan, 7 miles south of Two Rivers.  It is also the county seat of Manitowoc County. My husband Al grew up near here in the suburb of Branch and I have grown to love this city by the lake.  A great resource to learn about this city and county is the Wisconsin Historical Society. Here you can find historical markers and museums in this county and all the others in the state. Be sure to stop at the Visitor’s Center to pick up all the info you need about the area, and much more!.

Manitowoc Visitor Center

Manitowoc is the gateway to fun on Lake Michigan and beyond!  This sign is located near the S.S. Badger Car Ferry, taking passengers to Ludington, Michigan and back.  We finally took the voyage to Ludington on June 20, 2016. Read more about our visit here.  Take the trip with us here.

Badger Car ferry arrival in Manitowoc

When we were visiting on 8-19-16 we saw a lot of activity in the port.  It was being dredged with the job expected to be completed in September before conditions get more challenging.  We were also lucky enough to see the S.S. Badger depart!

Manitowoc County Airport for those wanting to fly-in on their  private plane.

Manitowoc County Airport

Once you get here, the fun continues! Enjoy the historic downtown and view the many landmarks there. This one is a favorite!

Budweiser Large Beer Cans and Bottle in Manitowoc

The Courthouse across the street. You can eat at the Courthouse Pub.

Manitowoc Courthouse

Courthouse Pub in Manitowoc

 The Manitowoc Savings Bank building with its beautiful clock on the corner.

Manitowoc National Bank

Manitowoc Bank Clock

 

The Capitol Civic Center downtown.

Capitol Civic Center in Manitowoc

We even saw a one-room schoolhouse building. School District 4, 1891.

Historic one-room schoolhouse in Manitowoc

If you are here on a Saturday from May-Oct., stop by the Farmers Market.

Manitowoc Farmers market

Stop by the Lincoln Park Zoo too.

lincoln-park-zoo-achway

This restaurant no longer exists, this picture is from 2010. It was demolished 11-19-12. The Penguin was a place my husband went to with friends when he was a teen. Too bad it couldn’t be saved.

Penguin Restaurant 2010 in Manitowoc

We discovered more buildings on the chopping block when we came back 8-7-14.  It was the Alf Muchin Furniture House in 1930. Alf Munchin and Son Furniture Store 1930 Manitowoc

Alf Muchin and Sons building plaque in Manitowoc

Also the former Mirro cookware company factory is coming down. They moved overseas, many jobs lost.  In 2016 it’s still not completely demolished.

Former Mirro Plant in Manitowoc

 Now back to the history that has been preserved. There are many museums in Manitowoc. The one we have been to most is the Maritime Museum. This museum is a fun place to visit, and you learn about Manitowoc’s rich heritage on the lake, and in WW II.  Permanently docked is the Cobia sub,  whose crew defended our country in the war.  You can take a tour of the sub too with one of the museum guides!

Museum and Cobia in Manitowoc

 

Uss Cobia outside and plaque

 

Cobias tour in Manitowoc

On 8-19-16 we were back for a final visit for the year and were able to view the annual Balloon Glow festival across from the Maritime Museum. We were attending an event on the rooftop and we had a great view!

Another place is the Rahr-West Art Museum near downtown.

Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc

 

We had a great time at the Pinecrest Historical Village, a lot of great history here. There also is a historic marker for a bridge there.  And a train too! We had fun posing next to it.

Pinecrest Historical Village Welcome Center in Manitowoc

Collins Road Bridge Span in Manitowoc

Greetins from Pinecrest Village

For a great walk or bike ride, the Mariners Trail is worth the time. It is 7 miles long and goes between Manitowoc and Two Rivers.

Al and Laurie on Mariners Trail in Manitowoc

Mariners Trail in Manitowoc

 All that exploring can sure work up an appetite!  We have eaten at Four Season’s Family Restaurant a few times, good food there.

Four Seasons Restaurant in Manitowoc

 

Friar Tuck’s is also a great place to eat.

Friar Tucks in Manitowoc

Late’s is also a very popular place in Manitowoc.

Lates in Manitowoc

 To get away from the hubbub of the city, Silver Creek Park offers a quiet retreat. You can get some food at Late’s which is nearby and enjoy it there.

Silver Creek Park sign in Manitowoc

Silver Creek in Manitowoc

We also paid a visit to West of the Lake Gardens, also accessible on the Mariners Trail.  Peaceful views of Lake Michigan in many spots.

West of the Lake Garden in Manitowoc

 

Flowers at West of lake garden in Manitowoc

We have enjoyed all our visits here together and discover something new each time we come.

Badger ferry and Lighthouse in Manitowoc