I’m going to the Brule…
For some of us who are very lucky, going to the Brule means we are going home.
I learned a lot as I wrote Pathways and Echoes From the Past—both books about the Lake Superior region’s history. While researching for Pathways, I wanted to answer a long-held question: Where did the voyageurs come from, and where were they going as they traversed the Brule? I also learned about logging’s boom period in our region and the important role it played in our local history. Echoes research took me from Upper Michigan’s copper-rich Keweenaw Peninsula to the Mesabi and Vermillion iron ranges in northern Minnesota so I could understand how important the mining industries were to the eventual permanent settlement of our area.
Now, with Brule River Country, I’m focusing on the area I know the best and love the most. Included are maps with the various names of the Brule River through history; a segment of the Brule River Country’s history in 1906; family stories; the Co-op Park; and a fascinating chapter titled The Communist Chasm.
I hope you will enjoy the stories, and maybe you’ll discover something you never knew before. I think of this, my third regional history book, somewhat like a favorite old, comfortable slipper… Something I can pick up anytime and evoke fond memories of an historic past in a beloved, unforgettable area. I’m going to the Brule.