Skip to comments.Underwater archaeologists searching for lost village [ Empire, Michigan ]
Posted on 05/19/2012 3:34:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
A group of underwater archaeologists are preparing for a project off the shores of Empire. The goal is to discover clues about the village's booming history, a history that currently lies several feet below Lake Michigan.
The action will begin on June 8th, when a team of divers will employ the latest electronic and underwater sonar technology to find evidence of a once thriving lumber town.
More than 100 years ago, the small village of Empire boasted one of the largest hardwood millis in the state of Michigan. Dave Taghon, with the Empire Museum built a scale model of the Empire Lumber Company.
Dave Taghon says, "There were two 50 feet wide by 500 feet long docks used in shipping between 1887-1917."
It's those huge piers that has history buffs intrigued. While the lumber company burnt down in 1917, the piers are still out there and a group of underwater archeologists are setting out to rediscover them.
Troy Wilson, who is a part of Northwestern Michigan College's Nautical and Underwater Archaeology Department says, "Instead of taking hand measurements by tape, we will have lasers to do different spots. They will do the math for us."
He says the group could also find old tools and machinery along the way.
The second part of the mission is to plot the position and diameter of tree stumps that are out in 20 feet of water. The tree stumps are more than 10,000 years old and are from the Ice Age.
You can watch this project from the shore. Just go to the public beach in Empire on June 8th through 10th.
(Excerpt) Read more at upnorthlive.com ...
The story of the building of the Mac is quite something. I saw a documentary on it, I believe on History (back when they did history).
Its an awe inspiring sight. You can see it for miles before you get to it.
We used to have to watch a docu on the Mac when I was in school. It was quite interesting. It didn’t mention the one construction worker who died (disappeared, technically, no one saw him go, but he probably fell in and the concrete poured in on top of him) or the rebate from the insurance company (actuaries predicted two deaths instead off one, so they paid back a portion of the underwriting fees), but there was footage, such as the huge queue of hunters waiting to take the ferry over to the UP.
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