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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ontonagon, Michigan

We spent the past night near Ontonagon in one of Peterson's Cottages.

Like all good northwoods cabins, this one looks like it has had an addition or two over the years.  The interior was bit peculiar in shape but gave us plenty of room.

This wasn't our first choice for a room on Monday night.  We dropped in first at the Americinn in Silver City.  This was the only major motel chain in the area.  It turned out that "The Lamprey people" were occupying a big block of rooms and there were two busloads of leafers coming in.  The very helpful desk clerk made a call to Peterson's for me, though, and it was only twelve miles away.

Besides the two trailers, there were at least a dozen white trucks involved in Sea Lamprey Control.  Seriously, here is the truck logo.  Who Knew?

If you don't know what a Sea Lamprey is, this picture on the side of the trailers show one attached to a fish.  They are U-G-L-Y!  Better picture here.  And those poor Lake Trout don't have any hands to pull the Lamprey off them.  At least we Minnesotans can get our leeches off by ourselves.

Peterson's is about a mile and a half west of Ontonagon.  Our guide book describes Ontonagon this way, "If you're looking for a wide selection of restaruants, hotels, and entertainment options, this probably isn't the spot for you."  If you end up at Ontonagon anyway, the restaurant choices are going to be Lynn's and Syl's.  Pick Syl's.  This has been a restaurant since 1945 and operated as Syl's for thirty years.
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Ontonagon has two other claims to fame.   It is the northern end of U.S. 45 which stretches from Ontonagon to Mobile, Alabama.
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It also houses a small museum with exhibits that remind one of a booming population and economy that resulted from tremendous mineral wealth in the area in the middle and late 1800s.  Another reminder of the former mining days can be noted on the street signs throughout the town

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