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At the time, probably the last hand fired steamer on the Great Lakes, the former railroad car ferry CHIEF WAWATAM is seen here at its
dock in St. Ignace, Michigan. This photo was snapped on an August day in 1946 after the ship had just arrived from
Mackinaw City, Michigan carrying the morning passenger train which would soon head out toward Marquette, Michigan.
DULUTH, SOUTH SHORE AND ATLANTIC engine No. 556 is unloading the CHIEF.

Many thanks for stopping by to view my website! It contains a truly eclectic collection of material concerning so many different subjects that at least one or two items should interest just about every visitor who is old enough to read, learn and reminisce.

The INDEX below shows how diverse the contents really are. Please leisurely brouse through as many of these pages as tend to catch your eye. This is only a very small part of my vast collection of memorabilia--Steam Trains, Steam Boats, Electric Interurbans, life as it was lived in America's smaller towns during the early 1900's, etc. You're welcome to return at a later date because I still haven't scanned all the material that I wish to include at this location.--Hartland. B. Smith


Click HERE for a view of the old Birmingham, Michigan depot as it looked about 1900.

A number of viewers may never have heard of a McKEEN MOTOR CAR. Click HERE to learn about this unique form of rail transportation.

The BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL BAND of Birmingham, Michigan, under the direction of Arnold Berndt can be seen and heard on THIS page.

Old timers will remember the NAPOLEONIC COACH MODELS that were built by youngsters competing in the FISHER BODY CRAFTSMEN'S GUILD.

Read about a LOGGING LOCOMOTIVE invented in Michigan

I'm sure that many of you enjoy eating chocolate. Read HERE about REAL CHOCOLATE ADDICTION .

The LES CHENEAUX ISLANDS are a popular summer resort area at the top of Lake Huron some 15 miles by water east of world famed Mackinac Island.

View the powerful ice breaking U.S. railroad ferry CHIEF WAWATAM not only when it was carrying heavily loaded trains across the Straits of Mackinac but also when its upper decks and engines had been removed and it became a huge Canadian barge, pushed by a Purvis tug.

During the first half of the 20th Century many Interurban Electric Railways provided inexpensive transportation between major cities and rural areas. One of these lines, the D.U.R. passed through Birmingham, Michigan enroute from Detroit to Pontiac.

You can read about another early 20th Century Pittsburgh area Interurban Line HERE .

It may seem unbelivable to some of our younger visitors, but until the early part of the 20th century, houses were moved from one location to another by horses. HERE you can see how the move was actually accomplished.

One of the finest possible desserts is a strawberry shortcake topped with whip cream. Even just a dish of fresh berries is pretty good, too. My cousin Frank experimented with growing super berries in a unique manner. THIS IS HOW HE DID IT .

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