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Enjoyed visit to the Copper Country

October 29, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

My husband, Tom Mitchell, and I visited Houghton and the surrounding area a couple of weeks ago. We have to tell you it was one of the best vacations we have ever had. Our time was spent exploring Trimountain, where Tom was born, as well as Baraga, Houghton, Jacobsville and many more places. I spent some time trying to learn how to pronounce the various names, Ontonogan being a favorite. We found the cemetery where Tom's great grandfather Martin Kelsey's family is buried and the Jacobsville lighthouse, which his grandfather George Craig is reputed to have built. The Craig Quarry near the lighthouse was fun to photograph, long overgrown with trees and other foliage.

Eric Vail, who along with his brother, Bob, now own the home where George Craig used to live when Tom visited him as a boy. Eric very generously allowed us inside his home so Tom could reminisce about his grandfather.

We ate pasties to our hearts' content and enjoyed the hospitality of the town of Houghton. The people in your town are as friendly as can be, very delightful. Their lilting speech is so nice to listen to.

Thank you, Houghton, Michigan.


Colorado Springs, Colo.



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