John Harsch, Loretto. July 21st., 1908. The Bunch that Turned the Tide

Sturgeon River Diverted into New Bed by John Marsch, Loretto, Dickinson County, Michigan, July 21, 1908: This photograph is identified as “John Marsch, Loretto, July 21st, 1908. The Bunch That turned the Tide.” On July 21, 1908, contractor John Marsch brought nearly one hundred guests to Loretto on a special Wisconsin & Michigan Railway train to watch as the Sturgeon River was diverted into its new bed. Marsch’s crew had cut a channel 5,440 feet long, excavating some 260,000 cubic yards of earth and limestone rock, so that the Loretto Mine could be connected with the Appleton Mine which were separated by the Sturgeon River. During the excursion from Iron Mountain to Loretto guests pictured here were provided with a sumptuous lunch and entertained by Castel’s band. [Menominee Range Historical Museum], Item also published with caption in: Dickinson County, Michigan : from earliest times through the Twenties / compiled and edited by William John Cummings. Iron Mountain, Mich. : Dickinson County Board of Commissioners, 1991. 432 p. : ill, maps, ports. ; 3
Abstract/Description: Sturgeon River Diverted into New Bed by John Marsch, Loretto, Dickinson County, Michigan, July 21, 1908: This photograph is identified as “John Marsch, Loretto, July 21st, 1908. The Bunch That turned the Tide.” On July 21, 1908, contractor John Marsch brought nearly one hundred guests to Loretto on a special Wisconsin & Michigan Railway train to watch as the Sturgeon River was diverted into its new bed. Marsch’s crew had cut a channel 5,440 feet long, excavating some 260,000 cubic yards of earth and limestone rock, so that the Loretto Mine could be connected with the Appleton Mine which were separated by the Sturgeon River. During the excursion from Iron Mountain to Loretto guests pictured here were provided with a sumptuous lunch and entertained by Castel’s band. [Menominee Range Historical Museum]
Subject(s): Locomotives
Water diversion
Portraits, Group
Loretto (Mich.)
Date Created: 1908