Found this picture/slide Looking for info on location

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Re: Found this picture/slide Looking for info on location

Unread postby Crow T Robot » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:34 am

Jim_c wrote:A lot will have changed since the 1970s. Like a former roadside park being developed by the local association into a recreational facility. Maybe someone can remember if the tennis courts were there then, but I'm guessing not.

I’m wondering if the picture was taken from near here, obviously before the tennis courts. Notice the background.
https://www.google.com/maps/@45.3859639 ... 312!8i6656

The ground is high enough. In street view, the buildings behind the tennis courts are only partially visible, and that is with the use of an elevated camera. In the photo it looks like some buildings across the water. I can see them just to the left of the center utility pole.

The structure to which I refer is here:
https://www.google.com/maps/@45.3852595 ... 312!8i6656

Conjecturing here, but I wonder if the stones used to build the fountain or whatever it is are the same ones in your photo. Moved and reconstructed in an attempt to preserve history. I can't read the inscription from street view.

The area I am referencing is here:
https://www.google.com/maps/@45.3858248 ... a=!3m1!1e3


I see where your going here looks close and is possible the houses across the street in my second picture and the elevation difference is throwing my off. Any idea when Old US-31 became "old" / replaced by US-31? Thanks for all the help I'm going to keep looking on these maps. Your idea does merit investigation though.
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Re: Found this picture/slide Looking for info on location

Unread postby Michael » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:33 am

I found this article about the old railroad water tower in Petoskey being torn down in 1953.
https://northernmichmashpreserve.weebly.com/railroads.html
From the website above:
Federation Park which no longer exists had once been the site of the home of Charles Caskey who was the contractor who built the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in 93 days! The Caskey home on this Bay and Division streets corner was eventually encompassed by the Imperial Hotel. After the Imperial Hotel burned in 1908, the space became Federation Park. Today the site is a parking lot for the Emmet County Building.
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Re: Found this picture/slide Looking for info on location

Unread postby Crow T Robot » Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:25 pm

When was the track pulled up in this section of Petosky? I need to drive through there this summer...
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Re: Found this picture/slide Looking for info on location

Unread postby AARR » Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:02 pm

Around mid 1980's IIRC. A washout ended service on the line and shortly after the two remaining customers moved to spots on the GR&I line south of Petoskey.
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Re: Found this picture/slide Looking for info on location

Unread postby Crow T Robot » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:35 pm

Well I found some more slides that might help but also might raise more questions I need to scan them hopefully this week.
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