(Report by Jim Burnham)
Harkening back to the Winters of yesteryear (close to 100 years ago now), our intrepid fishermen work their tug through the iced up waters outside the old entry into the river (below). They fished until it was impossible to get the boats out into Lake Michigan and sometimes the boats would get stuck in the ice. With crew on each side of the boat, they would rock boats free. This took a huge amount of skillful bravery and explains one use for the rails you find atop the cabins on these boats. The second shot is of Fishtown looking from the road through what was a park until the Leland Harbor was constructed in the 60’s. In the Winter, things really don’t look too different from 100 years ago, do they? Both these photos are part of the Leelanau Historical Museum collection of 834 Erhardt Peters negatives and prints that we helped secure using generous donations from Leland Report subscribers. And that was in 2003, before Facebook, GoFundMe and IndeGogo!
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