(The 3rd Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



    The material contained within this page is derived from my "fabulous files" of places that vacationers can see in Michigan and Wisconsin, and, in fact, my fabulous files contain information about hundreds of things to see.  The material is provided as a public service of Victor Swanson and The Hologlobe Press.  Almost all persons and entities, such as radio stations, may freely use the material; neither AAA Michigan nor any employee of AAA Michigan may use, distribute, download, transmit, copy, or duplicate any of the material presented on this page in any way or through any means.

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    In early May (2004), I learned that my Web site--www.hologlobepress.com/--had been book marked at the Welcome Center located at Mackinaw City (Michigan).  For many years, I have gotten information about places to see and about events going on in Michigan from staffers of the Welcome Centers.  The Welcome Centers to which I refer are the Welcome Centers run by the state.  The Lower Peninsula of Michigan has seven Welcome Centers; they are near Clare, Coldwater, Dundee, Monroe, Port Huron, New Buffalo, and Mackinaw City.  The Upper Peninsula of Michigan has six Welcome Centers: they are near Iron Mountain, Ironwood, Marquette, Menominee, St. Ignace, and Sault Ste. Marie.  Over the last decade, it has been the rule that, in the summers, the staffers at the Ironwood Welcome Center have run contests; in essence, local businesses donate items, and visitors to the Welcome Center fill out little forms, and staffers at the Welcome Center later draw the names of winners from a hat.  If you get near Ironwood area this summer, stop in at the Ironwood Welcome Center, since you might be able to win something.  You need not be a resident of Michigan.  In the recent past, one of the winners was from California.  Remember: Welcome Centers provide information about places to see in the state and are places to get maps of Michigan.  Some of the places that staffers of the Ironwood Welcome Center probably will tell people to see, if the people want to see things in the general Ironwood area, are the Bald Mountain Interpretive Trail and the Depot Historical Museum, which is at Ironwood and open to general audiences from the Memorial Day weekend through the Labor Day weekend.  A little to the east of Ironwood is Wakefield.  Wakefield has a historical museum called the Wakefield Historical Museum.  Even at night, people visiting the general Ironwood area have things to see.  If you live in a big city and have children and if you decide take them on a trip to the Ironwood area, take a telescope or binoculars so that you can see the stars and some of our nearby planets at night.  And consider seeing "The Mystery Light," which is a special place in the Paulding area of Ontonagon County.  A staffer at the Ironwood Welcome Center will tell you that "The Mystery Light" is some type of odd phenomenon.  It is a place that can sort of glow at night.  And the staffer at the Ironwood Welcome Center should tell you the place is along Robbins Lake Road near Paulding.  By the way, on my behalf, say hello to the guys and gals at the Ironwood Welcome Center and the other Welcome Centers in the state.

    Your travel tips for today are:

    The Bald Mountain Interpretive Trail, near Ironwood, in the Upper Peninsula.

    The Depot Historical Museum at Ironwood in Gogebic County of the Upper Peninsula.

    The Mystery Light of the Paulding area of Ontonagon County in the Upper Peninsula.

    The Wakefield Historical Museum at Wakefield of Gogebic County in the Upper Peninsula.

    The Welcome Centers of Michigan, scattered about the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula.

    By the way, through this page, I once again give a thank-you to the staffers of the Welcome Centers of Michigan. (I recently got a batch of good stuff from the Mackinaw City Welcome Center.)

- - - Public Service Copy for Broadcasters (four pieces) - - -

Number One:

    People from other states and other countries visit Michigan

regularly.  Since people do come from other places and do not

know all the traffic laws, we at this radio station, _______, in

cooperation with The Hologlobe Press, have this message for you.

On April 1, 1976, it became lawful for a driver in Michigan to turn

right at an intersection when the driver had a red light, and it is

still lawful today.  However, a driver may only turn right on red if

the way is safe--if there is no cross-traffic coming from the left

and if there are no pedestrians.  Remember: You may not turn right

on red if a sign--which should be at the corner for you to

see--says that no turn on red is allowed.  Sometimes, no turn on

red is allowed at certain times and not allowed at other times, such

as between nine in the morning and four in the afternoon.  As

always, watch for children at the intersections, and enjoy your

safe traveling in Michigan.


Number Two:

    Here's a message from The Hologlobe Press and

   (this radio station)   .  For about three decades, people have

ridden bicycles from Lansing to the Mackinac Bridge area around

the time of the Labor Day holiday weekend.  Usually, they leave

on the Wednesday before Labor Day and arrive at the Mackinac

Bridge on Sunday. .Officially, the destination for the bicyclists is

the St. Ignace side of the Mackinac Bridge, because, on Labor

Day, the bikers take part in the annual walk across the Mackinac

Bridge.  The bicycle event is called "DALMAC," and anyone may

register to take part.  You need not register to take part in the

walk over the Mackinac Bridge, of course.  To learn more about

"DALMAC," contact the Tri-County Bicycle Association at

Lansing.  This year, "DALMAC" takes place from September 1

through September 5.  Remember: Watch out for bicyclists all the

time, and enjoy your safe traveling in Michigan.


Number Three:

    Here is a travel tip from the Michigan travel page of The

Hologlobe Press.  Some tourist attractions of Michigan are only

open to visitors from the Memorial Day weekend through the

color season--that time in the fall when the leaves in the trees

turn from green to orange or yellow or red.  In Upper Michigan,

Alberta is a place in Baraga County, a county that is west of

Marquette.  At Alberta is the Henry Ford Alberta Village

Museum, which has even been called the "Ford Forestry Center."

In the early mid-1900s, such as in the 1930s, Ford Motor Company

used the sawmill at what is now at the Alberta Village Museum to

get wood ready to ship to Ford factories.  Besides the sawmill, the

museum has about a dozen other buildings.  For instance, the place

has two one-room schoolhouses and a pump house.  If you want to

see Michigan, think about going to Baraga County and the Henry

Ford Alberta Village Museum.  And go buckled up!


Number Four:

    Every day of the year, someone is on vacation in the state of

Michigan.  Right now, someone on vacation could be on the roads

near St. Johns, which is sort of in the middle of the Lower

Peninsula.  St. Johns is where a tourist will find the Paine

Gillam-Scott House Museum, which is watched over by the

Clinton Historical Society.  It's a museum that is open on a

limited basis, though, so a tourist might not arrive at the museum

when it is open; for example, it is usually open from only one to

four on Sundays at this time of the year.  Elsewhere, in the state,

a visitor could be on the roads near the Harrietta Fish Hatchery

at Harrietta, right now.  Harrietta is in Wexford County of the

Lower Peninsula, and visitors can take self-guided tours of the

hatchery almost any time--during the day.  Since vacationers

can be on the roads all the time, The Hologlobe Press reminds

vacationers to be buckled up all the time and enjoy that safe

traveling in Michigan.


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The Hologlobe Press
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Dearborn, Michigan 48128-0455
The United States of America

copyright c. 2004
File date: 10 June 2004

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