MARQUETTE – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will offer a tour of the drained lake area of Tourist Park from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, June 8. The park is located approximately one-half mile north of Wright Street on Sugar Loaf Avenue.

            After the Dead River flood in 2003, the drained lake area of Tourist Park revealed remains of the Lake Superior Powder Co., including the foundation timbers for the sulfur house and mixing house, brick remains of two kilns, a 1880s wooden dam, and the gate house-wheel house location for powder.

            Also exposed at the site is the roadbed for the first state road in upper Michigan, which carried travelers from Marquette to L’Anse in 1856. Presenter Dan Hornbogen will guide a walk through this historical site.

            The cost is $4 for NCLL members and $7 for nonmembers. The registration deadline is Tuesday, June 6. To register, contact the NCLL office at 227-2979. For more information, contact the class liaison at 249-3229.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz