I stopped to check out Way Dam on the Michigamme River.
You could see the water levels were low as the U.P. has
been experiencing a bit of a drought. Heading back I noticed a small
memorial on the west bank of the Michigamme River where Stream Road
Old 69 and Mansfield Cutoff meet. It was dedicated to the 27 men that
lost their lives in a cave in of the Mansfield Mine in 1893. The following
year a fire took most of Mansfield Village. Just north on Stream Road stands
the Mansfield Pioneer Church. It was open for the public so I stopped and
took a look inside. Built in the late 1800's the interior gave you a feel for what
it was like back then. Well worth the stop.
After leaving the church I worked my way back trying several different
routes shown on the ATV map book. Most ended up dead ends or blocked off.
The photo center right shows Old M-69 about a mile west of Mansfield Cutoff.
Another 50 yards ahead it became impassable. I ended up taking the same way back I came.
It was the only way across M-69 and the Paint River. I had marked a lot
of spots not to go on the GPS which in the future will help in planning
area rides. The weather was great and the rain held off until after dinner
when a fairly strong storm blew through. The rain will help keep the dust
down for a more enjoyable ride Tuesday.