Mikel B.Classen

Herbert C. Jackson sailing a spring fog on the St. Mary's River - Sault Ste. Marie - Michigan
Welcome to the website of Michigan writer, photographer and videographer, Mikel B. Classen. 

Sault Ste. Marie

    It has been a long winter and it appears we are finally seeing spring. With that comes ships back to the waters of the Great Lakes and migrating wildlife to the wilderness. The picture below of the Snowy Owl was taken a few days ago on the rail of my deck. It is an exciting time of the year. 

With that also comes a new publication called the U.P. Reader. This is a collection of writing from the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. I am the managing editor for the publication and the project leader. The cover photo is also mine and features a freighter leaving the locks here in Sault Ste. Marie. This will be an annual publication that will continue to reflect the life and culture of Michigan's Upper Peninsula as well as the amazing writing talent that lives and is inspired by the uniqueness of the U.P.

To contact me, email: mikel_classen@yahoo.com

 Snowy Owl - Chippewa County - Michigan

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From My
Historic Pictures Collection

Construction of the Sabin Lock - Soo Locks - Sault Ste. Marie - Michigan

Occassionally I come across Press Photos. This is one of the oldest I've found. Taken in 1917, this photo was sent to the local papers of the day heralding the project. The written caption on the back of the picture says "General view of the fourth lock masonry looking southeast with the city of Sault Ste. Marie in background. This view was taken in May 1917. Two west-bound steamers are in the third lock and have been lifted from the level of lower St. Mary's River to the Lake Superior level." Thanks to digital technology, I was able to blow up the photo and was able to identify the closest of the two ships as the Harry W. Croft. an Interlake Steamship. Any more information on the ship is scarce and reveals little.

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


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I'm standing next to the plaque that dedicates the Marquette County Courthouse as a historic 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 newspaper 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
Au Sable Point Lighthouse

At a book signing at Island Books and Crafts in Sault Ste. Marie. From Left to Right: Sharon Marie Brunner; Richard P. Smith; Mikel B. Classen; Mark Senkus; and Anna Turner. It was a fun event.

May 20 - Saturday - UPPAA Writer's Conference - Peter White Library - All Day - Marquette - Michigan

June 30 - Engineer's Day Book Fest - Island Books and Crafts - Sault Ste. Marie - 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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