A freighter passes Hunters Point at the entrance to Copper Harbor on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. (Photos by Keweenaw Now)
A historical marker at Esrey Park, between Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor, commemorates Etta M. Esrey's 1933 donation to the public of this lovely picnic spot on Lake Superior.
View of Lake Superior from Esrey Park on Sept. 2, 2010.
Another view of the lake from Esrey Park on Sept. 2 -- a perfect day for a picnic.
Just south of Eagle Harbor is Great Sand Bay. On Sept. 2 the lake was unusually warm at this beautiful beach -- slightly warmer than the cool breeze making the waves.
The next day, Friday, Sept. 3, Labor Day weekend starts with high winds and rain in the Keweenaw. Nevertheless, the waves near the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse are dramatic ...
The alternating red and white light of the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse still serves as a beacon for lake vessels.
Despite the Sept. 3 power outage, the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse is open to visitors (small "Open Today" sign in window at left), thanks to volunteers from the Keweenaw County Historical Society.
Without being blown away, visitors can view the big waves safely through a bedroom window inside the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.
Another view of the waves (and rain!) from inside the Lighthouse at Eagle Harbor .
The children's bedroom at the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse. Furnishings of the late-nineteenth, early-twentieth centuries help re-create the atmosphere of the lightkeeper's home.
In the master bedroom, the lightkeeper's uniform is at left and a baby's cradle at right. From the official instructions to lightkeepers: "The utmost neatness of buildings and premises is demanded. Bedrooms, as well as other parts of the dwelling, must be neatly kept. Untidiness will be strongly reprehended, and its continuance will subject a keeper to dismissal."
Display honoring Mary Ann Wheatley, Eagle Harbor lightkeeper from June 14, 1898, to Aug. 31, 1905.
A vintage sewing machine from the days before electricity.
A corner of the master bedroom displays the 1907 wedding dress of Miss Lila Cecilia Foley, daughter of early Irish immigrants who were among the first settlers of Eagle Harbor.
A Fresnel Lens similar to the one installed in the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse in 1871 is on exhibit in the Lighthouse. The two rotating beacons now in the tower replaced the lens in 1968.
Inside the Commercial Fishing Museum next to the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, visitors can view historic photos and displays telling the story of commercial fishing in the Keweenaw. Here are some tools used for ice cutting and crushing.
Visitors come in out of the rain to learn about famous shipwrecks from displays in the Maritime Museum next to the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse. Thanks again to the Keweenaw County Historical Society and their volunteers for making these exhibits available to the public from June to October.