Stonington Peninsula & Ghost Town Fayette
It was a stormy exit from Wisconsin as we left Door County and headed out to Michigan and our next stop in Stonington Peninsula. We would spend several days at the Vagabond Resort just outside of Rapid River for some Lighthouse, Monarch butterfly and Ghost Town fun. We write a bit more about our primary destination, Fayette Michigan in the travel blog, but here is our time in Stonington Pen via images. Hover over image for more information, or click on photo to go to gallery, which includes some photos not in this blog.
Green Bay, WI - Storm North of Green Bay-4As we circumvented Green Bay, Wisconsin this awesome scene lay before us. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.
Green Bay, WI - Storm North of Green BayAbout this time Dave is thinking it may not be so awesome to pull a travel trailer through this one. Wound up pulling over and waiting out the 60 mph plus winds before heading on into Michigan. We would shortly run into road blocks on highway 35 in Michigan due to storm damage. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.
Stonington Peninsula, MI - Peninsula Point Light House MonarchsThe Stonington Peninsula's shape guides Monarch butterflies as they migrate to Mexico. Thousands of them rest at the Peninsula Point Lighthouse in the early fall before crossing Lake Michigan to Door County, Wisconsin.
Fayette Historic Park, MI - Cormorant BirdThanks Albert Hall for pointing out this is a Cormorant. Photo by Dave Alexander.
Fayette Historic Park, MI - Charcoal KilnThis reconstructed charcoal kiln is an example of how Colliers manufactured charcoal to fuel the furnaces at a row of kilns nearby on the Garden Peninsula. By the mid 1880's over eighty kilns were in operation within ten miles of Fayette. Photo by Dave Alexander.
Fayette Historic Park, MI - Lime KilnIn 1882 it was announced that the company would build a lime kiln and begin manufacturing lime. Limestone quarried from the bluff at Fayette was heated in this kiln to produce lime used in mortar for masonry, chinking for log houses and plaster for interior walls. Excess lime was sold in Escanaba. Photo by Dave Alexander.
Fayette Historic Park, MI - Furnace Complex - 4A massive blast furnace still stands here as part of the well preserved history of this 19th century industrial town. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.
Fayette Historic Park, MI - Superintendent House - 2Fayette's central business district separated the company housing. Tradesman and supervisors lived with their families in comfortable framed houses like this Superintendent House. Simple log homes of the towns unskilled laboring class stretched in rows along the hill, road and shoreline. Photo by Dave Alexander.
Fayette Historic Park, MI - Furnace Complex InteriorNearly 230,000 tons of charcoal-iron were produced in Fayette from 1867 to 1890. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.
Fayette Historic Park, MI - HotelStagecoaches linked 19th century Fayette with neighboring communities. Two livery businesses rented horses and buggies, while stage lines carried passengers to Garden, Manistique and Escanaba. The overland route to Escanaba took two days, but only three hours by boat. Photo by Dave Alexander.
Fayette Historic Park, MI - Slag BeachSlag Beach was an industrial dump site, where glass like slag, or cinder, mixed with iron can still be found. The Jackson Iron Company used the furnace waste product as a road base and fill material. This beach also served as local residents landfill, and Fayette was known for not being a tidy town. Photo by Dave Alexander.
Fayette Historic Park, MI - Company Store - 3In 1870 a three story warehouse was built next to a wood-frame store. Then in 1886 the wood store was also replaced. The entire building was destroyed by fire in the 1900's.
You can read more about the history of Fayette in our Travel Blog HERE. See additional photos of our visit to this area by clicking on the photos above to go to their galleries.
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