Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Eastern Michigan Basketball Vs. Central Michigan

I ended up going to the basketball game tonight.  Eastern was playing one of it's in-state rivals in the form of Central Michigan.  I'm just posting my favorite picture here.  For the rest go to Eagle Totem.
This is a shot of James Thompson IV as he dunks.

The Snow Returns Again

So we had a bout of winter returning today.  This has been a pretty strange winter so far.  It was cold a couple weeks ago.  Warm last week and now it's getting cold again.
 I decided to stop at the paper mill today.  I was hoping there would be snow on the trees, but there wasn't.
 Still made for a nice picture.
Although a cold picture.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Things That Fly

I went over to my friend's house for the Super Bowl tonight.  He lives in the shadow of Detroit Metro Airport, so I had to take my camera with me.
 Sadly, there wasn't too much landing at the time except for these geese....
....and this Airbus 330.  According to Flight Aware it was flying in from Beijing.

Some Shots of the Peninsular Paper Building

I've been meaning to take some pictures of this for a while, although I think I wanted some shots in the morning when it is more directly illuminated by the sun.  Still, I got some pretty decent shots.
 Looking at the building from the LeForge Bridge.
 I noticed the reflections in the river and was trying to get more of that.
 But the grand view is pretty cool too.
 Then I decided to get some shots I don't normally get.
 I think this is a new addition.
 Trying for an odd angle.
 A shot of the waterfall of sorts.
And one more of the building.

A Railroad Depot of a Different Sort

Sometimes you have history sitting right under your nose and you don't realize it.  This house is a perfect example of that.

Besides pictures of ships, trains and planes, I do like to take pictures of historical buildings or places.  Although it seems like that gets drowned out by all of the ships and trains here.  Anyway,  I found out about this building not too long ago and decided to go check it out.  The pictures aren't the greatest but this was more about the history.
In 1839, John Starkweather married Mary Ann Newberry in Detroit, Michigan.  Two years later, he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction of Michigan by Governor Mason.  In that same year, he bought some land south of the Huron River and near the land that would house Eastern Michigan University.  In 1844, construction was completed on the Greek Revival Home pictured above and the couple moved into it.  By 1846, the land around the house was cleared and Starkweather started to plant orchards here.  And by 1868, he was recognized as having the best orchard in the state.  In 1875, he retired from farming and moved into the city on Huron Street (I think I've shown that house before).  John would die in 1883.
Mary Ann would end up donating the land to what would be the University.  She also made several other contributions to both the city of Ypsilanti and the University.  She donated Starkweather Hall to the University and her home on North Huron would become the Ladies Library.
However, none of that is the reason for the title of this post.  The Starkweather Farm would end up employing Elijah McCoy.  He was born in Canada but his family decided to move to the United States and settle in the Ypsilanti area.  At the age of 15, he would go to Scotland in order to become a Mechanical Engineer.  After being certified as a mechanical engineer, he returned to Michigan but found it difficult getting job in that field as he was black.  He did get a job as a fireman and oiler on the Michigan Central Railroad.  At this time, he invented a device that would distribute oil evenly over the moving parts of the engine.  He patented almost 60 items in his lifetime.  He died in 1829 as a result of an auto accident.
That still isn't the reason for the title of this post.  Elijah McCoy served as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and this house would serve as a stop.  This was the network of people that would help slaves escape to Canada.
In 2007, a local builder decided to try to restore it to its original beauty.

The Super Bowl Sunday Wolverine

I didn't want to do anything too far away today.  I'm going to a friend's for the Super Bowl later.  So I had a pretty nice breakfast and decided to catch the afternoon eastbound Wolverine.
 I went to one of my normal spots for catching the Wolverine.  As I was there, I decided to get a picture of the train station and freighthouse.
 It wasn't too long before the Wolverine appeared.  It was moving at a pretty good clip.
 But not so fast that I couldn't catch it.
 As it passes.
And one more shot as it leaves.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Silver Beach Carousel

Of all the times I've been in St. Joseph, I never noticed the carousel before.  It's been here since 1910.
 The three-row, Coney Island Style Carousel was built by Fred Dolle of Bergan, NJ in 1910.  All of the horses were hand carved by Charles Carmel who was considered as one of the master carvers of the time.
 In 1920, it was converted to a jumping carousel in order to keep up with the times and was quite busy.
 It remained in operation until its closure in 1971.
 In 1972, it was bought by a carousel collector and moved from St. Joseph.
 In 2003, a group of businessmen became interested in returning the carousel to its home, but they were unsuccessful in that effort.   So they turned their efforts to constructing a new one.
 The new one was built by a company out of Manfield, Ohio.  They took great steps to recreate some of the original horses.  They also added some new ones.
In 2010, the carousel started up again.