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A 3.3-magnitude earthquake that struck 13 miles southeast of Battle Creek today has scientists scratching their heads.
Today's temblor was about 20 miles from the location of a magnitude-4.2 quake that occurred 5 miles south of Galesburg on May 2 — the strongest earthquake recorded in Michigan in more than 67 years. The two quakes are far enough apart that today's is likely not an aftershock of the previous quake and is apparently not on the same fault line, said Harley Benz, a seismologist with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Colorado.
For the full article, see Keith Matheny, "Latest Michigan quake has scientists puzzled", Detroit Free Press, June 30, 2015.
On June 30, 1995, workers reconstructing Grand River Avenue in East Lansing, Michigan, ran into a series of logs lying side by side two feet below the road surface. An on-site technician from the Michigan Department of Transportation recognized the logs as a significant historical discovery, the remains of one of Michigan's early plank roads.
Begun in the summer of 1850, the Lansing and Howell opened in June 1851 connecting with the Detroit and Howell Plank Road. The plank roads were subject to heavy traffic. Warped, worn and missing planks made passage a trial as illustrated in a poem by Asa H. Stoddard, "Riding on the Plank".
Justin Engel, "Saginaw crews unearth more historic plank road; 'This is a gold mine,' preservationist says", MLive, April 21, 2010.
The Plank Road Law, March 20, 1850, forming the Lansing and Howell Plank Road Company.
Plank roads website from Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Plank roads website from Kalamazoo Public Library
The first Chevrolet Corvette came off an assembly line in Flint, Michigan. Harley Earl, remembered as one of the greatest automotive designers, began working on a car called the Corvette for General motors in 1951. As the nation's first sports car to have a fiberglass body, the Chevrolet Corvette was a unique innovation and quickly grew popular among buyers. Since that time, sports cars in general and the Corvette in particular have become deeply imbedded in the American automotive psyche. Though the Corvette has undergone numerous changes in appearance and mechanics, it remains one of the most popular American sports cars.
The sticker price for the corvette was $3,250.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
Michael Wayland, "Chevy Corvette turns 60: Facts, photos of the iconic sports car", MLive, June 30, 2013.
For more information, see Karl Ludvigsen's Corvette, America's Star-Spangled Sports Car: The Complete History, New York: Automobile Quarterly Publications, 1974. Available at the Library of Michigan and two other Michigan libraries according to MelCat.
On June 30, 1934, the National Football League's Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans were purchased by George A. Richards (owner of Detroit's powerful WJR) and moved to Detroit with a new name -- the Lions. The purchase price? Less than $8,000.
Playing in the University of Detroit Stadium before crowds that averaged 16,000, the new Detroit Lions won the NFL Championship in only their second year (1935). Under the leadership of Coach 'Potsy' Clark and stars like Hall of Famer 'Dutch' Clark, Ernie Caddel, George Christensen, 'Ace' Gutowsky, Glenn Presnell and 'Ox' Emerson, the early Lions established pro football in Detroit.
Source : 2010 Detroit Lions History Book
Nearly a century ago, Selina Pramstaller and Tillie Esper of Detroit wrote a simple note as they enjoyed a day at a popular amusement park on Harsens Island.
"Having a good time at Tashmoo," their message states in neat cursive writing.
They stuffed the message in a bottle, corked it and threw it in the waters of the St. Clair River, where it sank to the bottom.
There it laid for 97 years waiting to be discovered.
Detroiters headed for Tashmoo Park aboard the Tashmoo and other lake steamers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The park, which closed in 1951, was a favorite summer destination for Detroiters with a dance pavilion, amusement rides, bathhouse and swimming beach.
Source : Christina Hall, "Message in a bottle: Note written by Detroit girls surfaces a century later", Detroit Free Press, June 18, 2013.
For another, see Christina Hall, "Descendants of message writer thrilled over bottle's discovery", Detroit Free Press, June 19, 2013.
"The Doomed Steamer SS Tashmoo Photo Gallery", Detroit News, July 13, 2014.
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