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Photo from postcard, published by L.L. Cook Company of Milwaukee (Postcard donated to the Archives of Michigan by Barbara Zimmeth)
Calumet Street, Lake Linden, circa 1910-1920 (Donated to the Archives of Michigan in 1991 by Janice Beebe)
Calumet Street, Lake Linden, Circa 1935. Image from postcard, originally published by L.L. Cook Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Postcard donated to the Archives of Michigan in 1991 by Barbara Zimmeth)
Today’s blog is about Lake Linden (Houghton County), Michigan. I selected Lake Linden because it is the hometown of my maternal grandmother, Viola Baril Cimini (Today is the anniversary of her 1904 birth.).
The daughter of French Catholic immigrants from Canada, Viola migrated to Detroit, met my grandfather on Belle Isle, married, gave birth to my mother (her only child) in 1925 and built a home on the east side of the city (c 1927). That home always included extended family – from Detroit, up North, or Italy. During the Depression, Grandma became a career woman and continued to work until she was sixty-five. She loved the movies, especially if the star was Errol Flynn. She never learned how to drive and took bus vacations out West. Grandma always impressed me as someone who looked ahead, not behind. So I know very little about her Lake Linden years. However, thanks to my mother, postcard images of that village, collected by my grandmother, became part of our Main Streets Collection. We are currently digitizing images from that collection.
Calumet Street, Lake Linden, circa 1935. Image from postcard, originally published by L.L. Cook Co. of Milwaukee, WI. Postcard donated to the Archives of Michigan in 1991 by Barbara Zimmeth)
Lake Linden, which is located at the head of Torch Lake , gets its name from the linden trees surrounding that lake and lining community streets. When the area was first settled (1851), it was known as Torch Lake. In 1867, the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company encouraged community growth by establishing a stamping plant to process copper ore. The area post office, known as Linden Lake, was established in 1868. The village itself was organized in 1868, but not incorporated until 1885. By 1882, Linden Lake transposed to Lake Linden.
On May 20th, 1887, a devastating fire, that started in a building located on Calumet and First Streets, destroyed seventy-five percent of the village. After the fire, the village council established a fire code that required buildings within certain limits to be constructed of either brick or stone and covered with metal, gravel, or slate. A portion of the rebuilt Lake Linden became part of the United States National Register of Historic Places on July 16, 2009.