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Lots of Pulp: 1908

Lots of Pulp: 1908

Circa 1908. "Paper mills at Petoskey, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Not everything has changed.

The trestle, mills and the makeshift dam are long gone, but the house on the hill still remains. According to an old Sanborn map, this trestle crossed the Bear River between Franklin Street and Charlevoix Ave. The dam was near Grove Street and the mills are now home to Bear River Park. The house on the hill above the dam is on Ione Street and, except for the windows, is remarkably unchanged.

Pepé Le Pew

If you've ever lived anywhere near a pulp mill you can probably smell the sulfur smoke emitting from the smokestacks just by looking at this picture. I hate to imagine what it was like before scrubbers and other emission controls. If you're going to move near one you better try to locate yourself up from the prevailing winds.

Thanks for all the Petoskey pics

I grew up in Petoskey, and while these are all before my time, it's neat to see what things used to be like.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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