Hi, welcome to Iron Bay Restaurant. My name is Joe Constance and I’m one of the
partners, and today we’re gonna do a historical tour of what we put together here at the restaurant. The entire restaurant is laid out with numbers,
and each of the historical photos are numbered, and we have a key that we hand out to each
of the customers that show what the numbers relate to, so it gives a lot of the history
and the story behind the picture. So the building was built in 1872 and you
can see number one there, it was originally called Iron Bay Manufacturing Company. The bay out here on the harbor, when Marquette
was first forming, was called and still is called Iron Bay, so that’s where that name
came from. And then they started a factory, that was
actually the second building, which is the building we’re in right now. And then it went in to a number of different
names, it went into Lake Shore Iron Works, then it went into Lake Shore Engine Works,
then it went to Lake Shore Engineering, and then it just went to Lake Shore. And Lake Shore is still in existence today,
they’re in multiple locations, they’re headquartered in Milwaukee. So it’s transpired over a period of years
and a number of different entities. Our next one here shows the original building
of Iron Bay Foundry, and they out-grew this one, I think they had about forty employees
at the time, and it was right located at the very end of this building, and so eventually
they tore it down to extend this building, then this building was built in 1872. The next photo is a prototype of an automobile
that was done right here on site, it was done around 1900, it was before Henry Ford even
did his automobiles, and was tested at night, because it was, they didn’t want anybody to
know about it, they had to push it up the hills because it didn’t have enough power
to go up the hills, and so it was prototyped. The guy, Bloomstrom was his name, he ended
up moving down to Detroit with that car and one other prototype and he started his own
manufacturing firm down in Detroit. And so they were manufacturing about a hundred
cars a month for a number of years, and then he eventually went bankrupt. But I think he lasted about seven years. Then we have our famous latrine car, the mines
were having problems with methane buildup and actual explosions where people were dying,
and so they had to come up with a plan for getting rid of the waste and they developed
this latrine car which was on tracks and it would go down the, go down and be parked down
there, and they learned very quickly that they don’t put the latrine car in the intake
duct, they put it in the, uh, exhaust duct, and you can understand why. But that was invented here and built here. The first outboard motor, proclaimed to be
the first outboard motor in the world, it was invented here, built here, unfortunately
the builders did not patent it, and Waterman patented it in 1905, so, about five years
after they built this, the motor was patented. But not by the built that built it. And you can see the rest of the photos all
have historical, those were all products that were made here. Here’s the old, when it was a train depot
in the nineteen, early nineteen hundreds. You can see the people standing out in front,
everybody was dressed up for the train rides, train rides were thirty-five cents from Marquette
to Ishpeming, and you could go all the way down to um, past Munising anyway, and so you
can see the delivery vehicles and horse and buggies. Each of these views out the window toward
the lake show you what the view would have been at different times. This one’s 1890, if you were sitting right
here looking out at that lake at 1890 that would have been your view and you can see
it’s a lot more industrial, there was a lumber mill and a log saw off the lake, and it was
just real, real rustic obviously. And then this one is from 1949 where it was
a coal unloader, a lot of people here remember that. Even when I was a paperboy I used to go out
on the coal boats and sell papers, and it was just all very dirty and very industrial,
and now you’ve got Mattson Park out there which is, obviously a real asset to the community. But you can see the building that we’re in
right here, on the end, and then the view. And then the train schedules, train schedules
from the early 1900s, an ad from D.H. Merit, Merit was the founder of the Iron Bay, Iron
Bay Foundry, founder of the foundry. He ended up selling the foundry in eighteen,
late 1880s, maybe have been 1880s, he moved to Minneapolis, and went for work for a firm
called Merit and Chapman, which was his family business, they were engineers and construction,
and they actually, that firm did build the Mackinac Bridge in 1954 even thought he was
not around again, or at that point, but, there is some history there also. Over here we’ve got some construction photos
of when the ore docks are being built, and you can see all the different stages of ore
docks–this is ore dock number four that is being built. The ore dock that is out there right now is
ore dock number six, and so that was built and there is a lot of history on the sheet
that I was talking about. So you can see as it’s being constructed right
through the middle of winter, and what the top looks like. This is a view of Marquette harbor in 1881,
you can see our building right here is still here, ten years after it was built, all the
different ships, the sail-masting ships you can also see the name Iron Bay right here,
and that’s in 1881, that shows Marquette, was a lot of woods and undeveloped. The last two photos, this is the earliest
known pictograph of Marquette, from 1850. And you can see this was pretty much done,
oh on the top of Front Street, maybe by Ridge, and you can see that there were only a couple
homes, one boat, one dock, and this is Ripley’s Rock here, it wasn’t Ripley’s Rock at the
time, but that’s what it is now, so it’s just on the other side of the ore dock. But you can see the whole area is strictly
woods. And finally we wrap up with our, our photo
of the dancers. For ten years, eighteen–I’m sorry–1965,
this was a dance hall, there were three different dances here, and you can see the dancers dancing. You can also see the white posts in the picture,
and that’s the same white post that you see right there, so you can see it continue on. A lot of people have come in, they have identified
themselves, they know their neighbor, they know people–friends–uh, some local celebrities
in here, there were, there were a lot of loves made here, there were marriages made here,
and so it’s got a lot of fun history to it. So that’s pretty much an overview of the history
of the wall, we also have the same thing on the tables, there’s historical photos on all
of the tables, there’s a key to them so when you sit down at a table you know what the
table history is. And so we’re trying to recreate so much history
that went on here, it’s just a lot of fun to be able to recreate it and be a part of
it. Thank you for taking the history tour today,
I hope you enjoyed it, please feel free to stop in we’d be happy to serve you, and share
any more facts and information with you. And we’d also be happy to hear from you on
your memories of this place. Thank you!