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Superior Panorama: 1908

Superior Panorama: 1908

Lake Superior circa 1908. "The harbor and ore docks, Marquette, Michigan." Note the tiny parade at left. Panorama of three 8x10 glass plates. View full size.


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Such serendipity

1. The SS Juniata was built in 1904 for the Anchor Line, the marine division of the Pennsylvania Railroad. (There was an earlier SS Juniata as far back as 1874.)
2. The main facilities of the largest railroad shops in the world, in Altoona, Pa., were the Juniata Shops.
3. In 1923, my Dad was offered a full athletic scholarship to Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.(image below; note how casually things were done back then). "In recognition of your athletic ability we will carry you free of expense, except your books, during the period of every sport in which you make the squad. You know you can do this in baseball. I believe you can in football and basketball too."
4. He retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad in the 1970s, having spent his entire career in the Juniata Shops.
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What a great photo. Love the triple turnout, the camber on the trestle. All sorts of nice details.


Nothing to see here folks. I'm just marching along to the beat of my different drum.


It certainly is!

TIONESTA in port

Tied up at the Anchor Line Dock is the TIONESTA, she was built at the Wyandotte, MI shipyards in 1903 and is 361 feet long.

She and her identical sister-ships JUNIATA and OCTORARA were owned by the Anchor Lines and hauled passengers (500) and cargo from Buffalo, NY to Duluth, MI.

Stops were made at Cleveland, Detroit, Mackinac Island, Sault Ste. Marie and Houghton, MI. Later the 3 ships were sold to the Great Lakes Line.

TIONESTA was broken up in 1940 in Hamilton, Ontario

JUNIATA survives today, known as the S.S. Clipper and is berthed at Navy Pier in Chicago. She is the oldest Great Lakes steamer still afloat.

By the way, the parade may be the remnants of the band to see the other ship leave the pier.


You can see in the attached picture, what is left of the docks above. Some of the ore docks still stand, though no longer connected to any rail road.

Surviving structures

Awesome photo

The 2-storey brick building with the boarded up windows, next to the building labelled COAL is still standing!

The loading dock in the background is still standing, but the one on the right is gone. I'm surprised that rock at the end of the dock wasn't blasted away as a hazard to navigation, it's still there today!

The Drummer

So much to see that I'm surprised that the first thing I noticed was the drummer (with attendant kids) in the corner. Is that a recruiter behind him? Are they at the flank of a parade?

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