A Landing a Day

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Marinette, Wisconsin

Posted by graywacke on May 17, 2009

First timer? In this (hopefully) once-a-day blog, I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan – Ouch. I had a shot at a sub-160 Score, but no luck. I landed in a state that has been hovering around PS-land for ages. But unfortunately, I found it as an OSer right now . . . WS; 34/32; 6/10; 6; 160.9. Here’s my landing map, showing the proximity to the twin towns of Martinette WS and Menominee MI.


I landed only two miles from the UP of MI (and also only two miles from the Menominee). No coincidence there; the Menominee River (along with the Brule River which flows into the Menominee) make up a portion of the boundary between WS & the UP of MI (the squiggly portion of the boundary, closest to Lake Michigan).  Here’s a map:


Speaking of the Menominee, for the fourth time I landed in the Menominee R watershed; on to Green Bay (not the town, the body of water); on to Lake Michigan (28th hit); on to the St. Lawrence (79th hit).

Here’s a broader view:


The twin cities are old lumber towns; logs came down to the Menominee to mills in both Marinette & Menominee. Here’s an aerial photo of the mouth of the Menominee (Marinette on the left; Menominee on the right):

M&M on the M

About Marinette (from Wiki):

The name “Marinette” is said to have come from the name of an early fur-trader’s common-law wife, Marie Antoinette Chevalier, a French and Native American woman who ran a trading post located near the mouth of the Menominee River and came to be known as “Queen Marinette.”

Marinette was first settled by a small Algonquin tribe, then became a French fur trading post in the 1800s. In the late 1800s it experienced a “lumber boom” as a result of its location along the Menominee River and next to Green Bay. Lumbering slacked off at the turn of the twentieth century, but the town has continued to take advantage of its position along those bodies of water with major paper mills, and other plants such as Marinette Marine.

Speaking of Marinette Marine, check out these photos of new ship launches.  (When I first looked at the one below, I thought it was a ship in big trouble before I realized it was a launch.)

Launch of the Henry Blake in Marinette

Mackinaw launch

Back in the ‘60s, they had a couple of big fires in the M&M twin cities.  The first is the former Henes Brewery:


And this one, the Sugar Beet factory:


Here are a couple of shots of the lighthouse out at the end of the breakwater, starting with a very cold place to walk the dog:

cold place to walk the dog

And this ghostly shot:

Spring cometh with the fog

And I’ll close with the where to go if you’re hungry in Marinette and want to EAT:

where to EAT in Marinette



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