Monday, November 23, 2009

Upper Peninsula Upventure: US Route 41

I've been from coast to coast a hundred times or more
I ain't found one single place where I ain't been before
White line fever

Merle Haggard, "White Line Fever," 1969.

But the "coast to coast" that figures into my post is the coast of Lake Superior to the Atlantic coast.

US Route 41 begins at Copper Harbor, Michigan, on the Keweenaw Peninsula, and it ends in Miami, Florida. In Copper Harbor, there's a sign that reads, "Miami 1990 Miles."

Once it leaves Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Route 41 parallels many interstate highways, including I-43, I-94, and I-75. Closer to (my) home, US 41 is also Skokie Highway and Chicago's Lake Shore Drive.

On the Keweenaw Peininsula, from Copper Harbor to Hancock, Route 41 is the nationally designated Copper Country Trail Scenic Byway.

Unlike Miami, traffic congestion is not a problem on US 41 in Michigan.

Earlier posts:

Olkies and its Indian head sign
Party Store
Hiawatha, the World's Tallest Indian
The Moose Capital of Michigan
Father Marquette
Mackinac Bridge
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
The Soo Locks
Lake Superior State University
Eat signs
Hardwood Cafe
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap
Making a buck
Pasties
Logging
Munising Falls
Eagle River Falls
Canyon Falls
Agate Falls
Little Girls Point
Gogebic Range
Bishop Baraga and St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral
Farming
More Pictured Rocks
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Bay
Seney, Hemingway, and Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome
Hickey Creek
Ishpeming and Iron Mining
Calumet, Michigan's St. Anne's Church
Keweenaw Waterway Bridge
The Keweenaw Waterway
Keweenaw National Historical Park, Quincy, Part One
Keweenaw National Historical Park, Calumet
Calumet, Michigan's St. John the Baptist Church
Little Gippers Preschool, Calumet, Michigan
A brief history of copper mining
Calumet, Michigan's St. Paul the Apostle Church
Finland, Finland, Finland
Escanaba's Sand Point Lighthouse
Manistique East Breakwater Light
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Wawatam Lighthouse
Whitefish Point Light
The Munising Front Range Light
Grand Island East Harbor Lighthouse
Copper Harbor Lighthouse
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

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