2022 Holiday Gift Guide

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True Tales

By Mikel B. Classen of Sault Ste. Marie

Recipient of the Historical Society of Michigan’s, 2020 George Follo Lifetime Achievement Award for Upper Peninsula History, Mikel B. Classen has been writing and photographing northern Michigan in newspapers and magazines for over thirty-five years, creating feature articles about the life and culture of Michigan’s north country. A journalist, historian, photographer and author with a fascination of the world around him, he enjoys researching and writing about lost stories from the past. See the Product Description below for details about this book. Please buy all of your books directly from the author or an independent Michigan bookstore.

Buy book and/or more from Horizon Books in Traverse City.

Product Price $18.95

Product Description

The combination of mining, maritime and lumbering history created a culture in the U.P. that is unique to the Midwest. Help the history lover on your list to discover true stories of the rough and dangerous times of the Upper Peninsula frontier. They are as enjoyable as they are educational. They’ll be astonished by the true hardships and facets of trying to settle a frontier sandwiched among the three Great Lakes.

These pages are populated by Native Americans and the European immigrants, looking for their personal promised land-whether to raise families, avoid the law, start a new life or just get rich… no matter what it took. Mineral hunters, outlaws, men of honor creating civilization out of wilderness and the women of strength that accompanied them, the Upper Peninsula called to all. Among the eye-opening stories, you’ll find True Tales includes:

  • Dan Seavey, the infamous pirate based out of Escanaba
  • Angelique Mott, who was marooned with her husband on Isle Royale for 9 months with just a handful of provisions and no weapons or tools
  • Klaus L. Hamringa, the lightkeeper hero who received a commendation of valor for saving the crews of the Monarch and Kiowa shipwrecks
  • The strange story of stagecoach robber Reimund (Black Bart) Holzhey
  • The whimsical tale of how Christmas, Michigan got its moniker

These tales and more will be sure to intrigue and delight, and possibly even spawn some new U.P. road trips.