Mikel B.Classen

Wintering the Mackinac Island Carriage Horses - Chippewa County - Michigan
Welcome to the website of Michigan writer, photographer and videographer, Mikel B. Classen. 

Sault Ste. Marie

  I just wrapped up a book signing and I have scheduled two more. Check out the Book Signing list towards the bottom of the page. It's always great to meet some of you. 

Living here in Chippewa County this winter has been fun. I'm a big fan of horses and there are no gentler big babies than the draft horses from Mackinac Island. For those that don't know, most of the horses do not remain on the Island through winter. They keep a few, but the majority are boarded to Upper Peninsula farms. One of those farms is just south of my house. The picture above is of a matched pair from the farm. Horse teams stay together even when they aren't harnessed. By this I don't mean they are just in the same pens. They develop an inseparable companionship. On the farms, these horses are well fed and pampered. For all of the work they do in the summer, they get serious off time. 

I was recently interviewed for a Television show in Marquette, Michigan. The show is called "Discovering" and has been a staple television show in the area for many years. I was interviewed by Brian Whitens and he did a nice job putting it together. Below is the link to the show. It is the entire episode and I am the second interview so watch the part about the cool photographer and then I'm right behind him. The last interview is of an old friend of mine named Carl Behrend and is an awesome musician. So the entire episode is WORTH watching. There is no clip of just me so enjoy the show. Learn about some artistic yoopers, myself included.

To contact me, email: mikel_classen@yahoo.com

 Sugar Island Ferry and Freighter Winter Night - Sault Ste. Marie - Michigan

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From My
Historic Pictures Collection

Mackinac Bridge Under Construction and Freighter - Mackinac Straits - Michigan

This is taken from an old postcard I can across. It appears to be taken from one of the cables and is looking towards St. Ignace and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The freighter going under the roadbedless bridge makes this a classic image of the Mackinac Bridge. A close look shows several workers more clearly on the left side. 

If you would like to see more pictures from my historical photograph collection, including past pics from here, go here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikel_classen/sets/72157630887269582/


On The Road

Mackinac Grille - St. Ignace - Michigan


My latest video on YouTube

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I'm standing next to the plaque that dedicates the Marquette County Courthouse as an historical site. This is where Theodore Roosevelt came to clear his name in 1913 of a libelous statement made by the editor of the Ishpeming Iron Ore who had called Roosevelt a drunk in an editorial, a perception that had been following Roosevelt with rumors and gossip of his disorderly and intoxicated behavior. My new book, Teddy Roosevelt and the Marquette Libel Trial, published by the History Press, tells the story of this fascinating trial which would forever change the world-wide perception of an American President.


Teddy Roosevelt and the Marquette Libel Trial

February 21 - Sunday - 10am-2pm - Les Cheneaux Farmers & Artisans Market - Culinary School - Hessel - Michigan

June 17 & 18 - Friday & Saturday - 1-4pm - Peter White Library - UPPAA Book Fest - Marquette - Michigan


Now Available From the History Press
Teddy Roosevelt and the Marquette Libel Trial

On the same day Theodore Roosevelt narrowly survived an assassination attempt, his press secretary handed him a newspaper editorial from the Iron Ore, a small town daily located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Its publisher, George Newett, had printed "...Roosevelt lies and curses in a most disgusting way; he gets drunk, too, and that not infrequently, and all his intimates know about it." Tired of having his boisterous personality equated with intoxication, Roosevelt angrily shouted, “Let’s go at him!” and the paper was formally charged with a suit of libel. As the case convened, a cadre of admirals, statesmen and fellow explorers descended on Marquette to testify to T.R.’s unimpeachable personal character in the biggest libel trial of the early Twentieth Century.

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Skeleton ship frames surround Au Sable Point, marking a mile-long sandstone reef that reached out into Lake Superior waiting to grab any and all ships that passed by. In an effort to end this tragic loss of lives, the Au Sable Point Lighthouse was constructed to warn mariners of its hidden reef. At the heart of the famed “Shipwreck Coast,” Au Sable Point was a beacon of hope and safety. Mikel B. Classen charts the history of the lighthouse and the dangerous reef that waits six feet under the lake’s surface and serves as the final resting place for so many sailors.

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Stories of humor and adventure on the Lake Superior frontier.

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Pirates, thieves, shipwrecks, sexy women, lost gold, and adventure on the Lake Superior frontier. Nine stories, including "Wreck of the Marie Jenny," "The Bigg Man," "Wolf Killer," "Bullets Shine Silver in the Moonlight," and several more. This collection of stories filled with adventure, humor, thrills and suspense are expertly penned by Mikel B. Classen and published by NetBound Publishing. 

Sail on a ship full of gold. Meet the incomparable Rayna Daye. Who is the mysterious man that Andrew Jackson called "The meanest man he ever knew? These stories and more fill the pages of Lake Superior Tales. packed with action, adventure, humor, and suspense, this book has a little bit of everything. Journey to the wilds of the Lake Superior shoreline with regions still untamed today.

Included in this collection are:
The Bigg Man
Moby Pike
Bullets Shine Silver In The Moonlight
The Encounter
The Wreck of the Marie Jenny
The Death Trip
Sherman Yetty
Close Encounters Of The Deer Blind Kind
Wolf Killer
  My Collection Of Short Horror Stories, 


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Ever wonder what happens when a vampire is turned into a Zombie? Ever attend a seance that went horribly wrong? Ever think of what it would be like to fall in love with a woman that has been dead for 150 years? These are just a few of the experiences you will have on your Journeys Into The Macabre.

   NetBound Publishing and author Mikel B. Classen have put together a collection of masterfully crafted horror stories that bring back the richness and feel of traditional gothic horror while adding the sharp textures of contemporary writing that creates a witch's brew of tales unlike anything published before. This is a must for any lover of dark fiction.

Deliver Me From Evil
M'Ganga's Curse
House of Seances
The Gray Tower
The Sorceress
The Donner Trailer
Senn's Vampire
The Dive
The Late Hero
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