As with the previous volume of this series, Tales of Michigan II is a collection of fifteen stories from across the “Great Lakes State.” Chosen to give the reader an insight into Michigan’s rich and varied historical heritage, each of these tales relates a different aspect of the state’s past.
Among others, stories in this book include:
A misunderstanding between a bridge tender and a lake freighter captain that resulted in a collision that severed the only land link between the upper portion of the Keweenaw Peninsula and the rest of the state.
A mistake made by the overworked operator of an interurban railway car that led to a fatal collision near Monroe.
The pioneering effort by Captain Curtis Boughton to open the hungry markets of Chicago to western Michigan fruit farmers.
The days when dog sled teams provided many remote communities located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with their only connection to the outside world during the long winter months.
The devastation left behind by a fire that erupted in downtown Alpena during the summer of 1872.
The tragic Easter Sunday crash of an airliner that investigators initially blamed on its crew until new information came to light nearly seven years later.
The tale of a gasoline tanker stranded in Lake Michigan that prompted a series of dangerous salvage efforts to remove its valuable cargo.
An international railway tunnel constructed below one the busiest waterways in the world.
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