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You could also read the entire Archive, in which case you get an A for effort! Meg of Skokie, IL asks: Al, how appropriate or inappropriate is the tour material in terms of a yr-old? Thank you very much! I see every demographic in the audience at my live shows, from toddlers to geriatrics. Susan M of Tallahassee, FL asks: Of course, the video is available on iTunes in fact, it was the 1 best-selling music video for a couple months!
Ally of Ohio asks: Actually, when the animator Doug Bresler sent me his original animatic, the character in the video did in fact look a lot like me. Mike of Phoenix, AZ asks: I think I got Donny Osmond…. On the back page of the CD insert, you mention Nickelback in the credits.
Can we ask what inspiration they provided you with? We ourselves are not beer-swilling hockey nuts, but we do know several, eh. At the last minute, I decided against recording the song for the album, but if you come to one of my live shows this summer, you may hear a snippet of it somewhere in the medley….
Cliff of Somewhere Around Detroit, Michigan asks: Al, you usually only have a couple of videos for each album.
It all began a couple years ago, when my record label suggested that I consider doing a DualDisc release. I decided early on that I wanted to do 5. John Turnbull of Kona, Hawaii asks: For the record, all of the photographs for the album were taken on April 22, by Michael Blackwell.
Maria of Wilmington, IL asks: Do the letters on the license plate on the cover of your new CD stand for anything? Lizzi K of Chicago, IL asks: Hey Al, I was wondering whose dog that is on the cover of your new album? Strangely enough, while the photographer was taking pictures of me in front of that Chevy Impala convertible, a young couple walked by with a pit bull. Anyway, we wound up liking that particular shot so much that it wound up as the cover image.
There are a lot of great pictures in the package — the DualDisc comes with a page full-color booklet! Ed of Winter Garden, Florida asks: What was I thinking? Thanks for setting me straight. Back when we thought the album was coming out in June, we were fully intending to have a tour starting in August. The plan at this point is for us to tour next summer — no matter what.
Also, there are many that seem to be affiliated to no one particular band, but are genre parodies: Are these bands that you listen to, and so are a sort of tribute?
Or are they something else? I started out trying to write in the style of a particular group, but I got it so wrong that I just gave up and did it my own way instead. In the past, I never put the artists that I style-parodied in the Special Thanks section on my album, mostly because I wanted to see if fans could figure out what I was doing without being given any obvious hints.
Yancy Gadzonski of Glendale, Wisconsin asks: I was very flattered, of course. Kevin of Lexington, Ohio asks: I thought I had heard a rumor about the upcoming album being your last one.
Is there any truth to this? Everyone wants to know. Come on, spill your guts! The only reason it went out of print is… are you ready for this? A few years ago, when all the assets of Scotti Bros.
Erich Reinhardt of Hagersville, Ontario, Canada asks: Was that a performance that was shown on a local cable show, or was it at a local entertainment club where they shoot all of their performances?
And also, was the song for the performance pre-recorded, and then synched in to match your lips and accordion playing? Tim Sloane of Ijamsville, MD asks: Al, which of these purchasing methods should I use in order to make sure the most profit gets to you: Buying one of your albums on CD, or buying one of your albums on iTunes?
I am extremely grateful for your support, no matter which format you choose to legally obtain my music in, so you should do whatever makes the most sense for you personally.
This is the one thing about my renegotiated record contract that never made much sense to me. It costs the label NOTHING for somebody to download an album no manufacturing costs, shipping, or really any overhead of any kind and yet the artist me winds up making less from it. Bob Malaggese rhymes with crazy of Quakertown, PA asks: I saw the new pictures of you and Coolio.
Does this mean that all is forgiven? Well, it appears that 10 years after the initial brouhaha, Coolio has decided to let bygones be bygones. The cameras started going off like crazy. Greg Osborne of Vista, CA asks: I had a great time. Nothing like flying to Wells, Maine for a day!
Of course, prime-time network TV reality shows being what they are, they only used a very small portion of what they shot. In fact, the song that I wrote for the show was cut down considerably. Here are the full lyrics: How do you like your new polka room, Amandaaaaa?! Matt Ceccato of Norcross, GA asks: Some bits I wind up using as is, some bits I tweak a little, and some bits I re-write completely.
For the question and answer stuff, sometimes I get the questions in advance, sometimes not — but the answers always come from me. Is that really you on myspace. I am not on myspace. Every now and then I hear about someone on the Internet claiming to be me — and yet, sadly, they are not. When you sing songs, do you do the background vocals or the lead vocals first? I almost always record the lead vocals first. It was such a last minute addition to the album that I had no choice but to record all the instrument tracks and background vocals first, just to buy me some time to come up with the lyrics.
Garrett Fritzler of Denver, Colorado asks: First I want to say that I think the music you do is great, and even though I like the songs you make fun of, I love your versions even more. But my question is, do you write all the stuff on this website? I know you write the feedbacks to the questions, but what about everything else? Pretty much everything else on the site is either written by him or me. Gary Derrick of Mustang, Oklahoma asks: I went to see Ben when he was in concert here in Los Angeles, and afterwards we were hanging out in his dressing room.
It was kind of surreal — my first appearance on the Tonight Show in 20 years, and there I was being a professional tambourine player! Well, needless to say, I had a blast, and I think the performance came off very well. Thomas Safayee of Hayward, California asks: These episodes were all Harry Potter parodies, and my character was a take-off on the sorting hat at the Hogwarts School.
Why do you write dirty songs? They are NOT by me. All of my material is really pretty family friendly. Ah, the delicious irony of it all…. Nolan Klinedinst of Reykjavik, Iceland asks: What is the model that you play in concert? Occasionally in concert I play a red Hohner midi accordion. I heard that you were attacked my an angry mob of moths… what exactly happened? I was kind of surprised when the AP wire picked this up and it became a worldwide news story. Gee, maybe I should get attacked by bugs more often!
What happened was, we were doing a concert at a state fair in DuQuoin, Ilinois when we basically found ourselves playing in the middle of a swarm of bugs.
I used to love the candy bins at Swiss Colony. They had like 6 bins of candy named after alcoholic drinks. I had to ride it! The Music Shop was down by Lums. It may have been a different name before that. I loved the mall. It was so big and had so many stores with such a variety of things to shop for. It was so outrageous!
I miss the mall. Ryan February 26th, at 3: I grew up in Pekin and that being said, i grew up at the mall just like every other kid. I was completely shocked when i moved back to the area in after being gone for only 6 years to see how much it had changed!! What a relic though. The pictures you put on here have brought back quite a few memories. Jeff March 17th, at 2: My family moved to Pekin when I was only 4 years old, right about the time that the mall opened. It was the very first enclosed shopping mall I ever remember, and it was quite the place as I remember it.
My family left Pekin when I was around 10 years old or so, back in Was involved with that for a few years. I forget the store that was on the other corner. Kinney Shoes was also near there. Have never been able to find that smell again! The grill had chandeliers with the bouncing orange candle flicker lightbulbs. Further toward JCPenney, I also remember a wig store up near the corners by the big ramp.
JCPenney was a big store as I remember it, and they had a big sporting goods and electronics area where they sold Jokari , a candy counter, and an area with records. I remember buying several 45 singles there as a kid….
Bergners also had a special toy department at Christmas time, near the back, and Santa always came with his real reindeer. And that talking Christmas tree… Gotta love that! I remember the place always being somewhat crowded most every Friday night. Shannon March 18th, at 3: Every kid I know who grew up in Pekin had some kind of game for hopping around on those stripes. To me, the green was alligators and the blue was water — and I could swim so I opted for the blue.
What a great site this is, with great memories! Jeff March 19th, at 4: The other things I remember were the sidewalk sales where the stores would have racks and displays in the mall areas with all kinds of specials. Now that I think, JCPenney also may have had a restaurant situated somewhere near the rear parking lot entrance. At least a hot-dog counter or something like that.
I also liked the big chocolate chip cookies, but not as much as that danish! I do also remember one other big shopping area in Pekin at the time we left — and it was pretty new too. Anybody else remember that place? Jeff, Totally remember trick-or treating and sidewalk sales!
Kathy Jean March 20th, at 8: Kurt March 21st, at 1: I obtained microfilm prints of articles from the Pekin Daily Times, dated August 2nd and August 4th These were courtesy of the Pekin Public Library thanks! Both articles were about the opening of the Pekin Mall. It also included a site map showing all the original stores and their locations.
Unfortunately due to the microfilming process most of the articles are of very poor quality, and one is almost unreadable. Posting scans of the copies I got would be useless so I am going to transcribe what I can read and post it here. Anyway, as a teaser here is the store list sans the diagram for now. Kurt March 21st, at 6: OK, thanks to labelscar. I had to redraw it due again to the poor quality of the copy I received, but it was good enough to put this together. I used a scan of the original title block and Pekin Mall logo.
You can find it here:. Wow, looking at that map makes it seem like it was just yesterday the mall opened, but at the same time it seems so long ago. Jeff March 21st, at 8: Wow, Kurt, thanks for putting the map up!! That sure fills in a lot of blanks for me! Here are my thoughts:. I could be wrong though. Denim Den later located across from the narrow hallway from the restrooms and admin offices I believe.
THAT became a big store for the designer jeans crowd! The unnamed store right next to it was 20th Century Tuxedo I believe. Jonah Norason March 21st, at 9: Thanks for the map. Kurt March 22nd, at 7: Austin March 30th, at Meghan April 10th, at Wow this was like a trip down memory lane.
And the 5, 10 and 15 store that was a name from my past that I had completely forgotten about. Dione April 10th, at It was where I bought Ghostbusters, my first cassette tape. I remember my grandpa buying me my first piece of Michael Jackson memorabilia from the Iron on T Shirt store. It was where I saw a slew of childhood movies for the first time. Popeye, Annie and E. Lums for dinner with the grandparents, chocolate pudding with a tiny bit of whipped cream on it!
I worked at Stuarts in college, learned there that I could never work in retail! The perms at Regis stinking up the place. Hot Sam on my lunch break….. Funny thing is, I was never allowed to hang at the mall. Only when I spent the night at a friends…how harmless that seems to me now compared to what teenagers are doing I know, I work with them everyday!
Village Plantation, when it was on its downfall…Thanks for this blog! Joann April 13th, at 7: WOW Brad, We are all having such good memories about the mall. The Pics, the colors, the connection! I was able to connect to alot of memories that brought back good feelings, great experiences and then BAM….
TJ April 17th, at 1: I was in Pekin over the weekend and got into a discussion with my little brother 34 years old now about the old mall. I grew up in Sunset and my friend and I rode our bikes there several times a week. We would get our candy at the Walgreens and then see both features at the movie theater.
Well, they moved and I not only went in there, but I worked there, too. I remember my regulars coming in after their morning walk around the mall. Bold patterns and colors were all the rage back then. Of course, I never could explain the mural of naked blobs…but I remember we would go into hysterical giggles when we noticed that someone had stuck gum in strategic places.
It drove my mom crazy. People can think what they will of the Pekin Mall, but for those of us that grew up in that sleepy little farm town, that Mall was connected to some of our fondest childhood memories! It had a bunch of pictures around the board if I remember right of the inside of the Pekin Mall in its early days. December 16th, at Megan April 19th, at My family has a copy of Pekinopoly. Brad there sadly summed up what a lot of people in Pekin are like, really racist.
I grew up in Pekin and it was in junior high when they started tearing the mall down. It reached nearly to the ceiling of the mall and had several hundred hand carved horses. I remember first seeing it when I was either seven or eight… The last time it was there was when my now 12 year old brother was 4, so about I looked forward to riding that carousel every single Christmas.
Ahh, I miss it. When I buy a new book, I usually intend to read it, or at least start to, that day, not a week later. TJ April 24th, at 9: Apparently I do have a better memory than my family. They told me I was making the game up.
Sadly, I have no idea what happened to it over the years. PJoe April 25th, at 3: I remember my wife first told me she would go out with me there.
She also worked at the Zales before they closed; it was the only store at one end of the mall. But anyways thanks for the memories. Chris May 5th, at 1: I grew up in East Peoria in the late 70s and all through the 80s. We used to hang out at Pekin Mall all the time.
I remember going to movies there on saturdays. In the 90s most of these were sold off to become Co-Op Records. Ed May 13th, at 7: Boy, this really brings back memories. I grew up in the Pekin Mall. My friends and I were out there every day. I asked my wife out for the first time, in the old Sears, almost 34 years ago.
We never really thought of it as an ugly mall. But you have to remember, this was in the 70s. There was quite a bit of wild colors at that time. Green was one of the most popular colors around. Looking at the photos and the map, kind of makes me sad.
Oh well, I guess you have to go with the changes. Ed Ruskin May 20th, at 8: Mark Wilson June 3rd, at 3: Man I remember the Pekin Mall! Fondly, embarrassingly and nostalgic all at once. For some stupid reason I was not allowed to go the mall and hang out. I would always sweat it out if I saw someone my parents knew which in the thriving populated metropolis of Pekin, was just about every time — so it was always an adventure — yet I did it several times a week.
I can recall when there was nothing near the mall — then came some bank, and some development across the street I think it was a lumber yard and McDonalds. They used to have the albums displayed 1- 50 I think it went that high. Then to top off the night, when the movie was over and I had to call my mom to pick me up. Boy did we show the phone company who was boss. Matt from WI June 3rd, at 4: They did have some American faire as well like burgers and fries.
They used to have such a heavy presence in the Upper Midwest, especially in small to mid-sized malls within all but the largest cities. SMB June 9th, at IIRC, there was also a Musicland but i may be confused. I worked at Lums from or thereabouts.
The Ivanhoe was a total dive with a darkly lit ambiance-perfect for a beer bar in a mall! Friday nights were pretty amazing with the amount of high school kids hanging out, sober and otherwise.
I was a Monicals sp? I did shed a tear when I came back to town post college for a visit and the mall was gone for all intents and purposes. February 3rd, at 6: Kim June 16th, at 8: I worked at that mall for over 20 years at the Waldenbooks. I was lucky enough to get out a few months before Waldens closed them.
My friends there told me of how the company treated everyone slike garbage while they had to close up their store. Typical of a company to expect everything from their employees, yet dump on them in the end. Also, we kept getting the runaround from the company that bought the mall…so it never seemed to us that they tried to do anything except make excuses for not fixing anything…for several years people in the stores there were unsure of havimng a job.
Again, corporations are only in it for the money. I will say I had some fun working there…and the chandeliers? Brett July 26th, at 9: I was born and raised in Pekin and still live there. I remember the bathrooms at the theater were upstairs all by themselves kindof freaky for a kid.
We had our after prom event there, where we stayed there all night and played games and ate. The talking x-mas tree at Bergners was a hoot.
I used to climb inside of it and freak my mom out as she was frantically looking for me. Alladians Castle was the first place that I ever saw skeet ball. That candy store down on that end of the mall that had hundreds of different types of candies.
The Halloween nights there were awesome, every store would hand out candy and the cops would have an exray machine there so that our parents could check our candy for razor blades and needles. Before the mall Block and kuhl may remember downtown. Santa started downtown,moved to the mall,and has come full circle back in front of the courthouse in Pekin.
Many things may come and go in this communitty of ours but one thing is for certain the memories continue forever. We like our parents try to relive those days so that our children get a glimse of a time when life was a little slower.
Look at us today,our communitty has grown by leaps and bounds. We still have Santa downtown in a little house. Thanks for the Walk….. Michael August 1st, at The only thing i miss from the old mall would have to be Walden Books and Alladins castle…without walden there are no good bookstores in pekin!! Tim O'Brien September 4th, at 1: This page is a blast from the past….. Graduated in ; The drinking age was 18 years old.
We used to hang out at the Ivanho — a bar located on one creepy end of the mall. Visiting home from the University, We staggered out of the mall way too many times. There was nothing else to do in Pekin Il. A nice town to be from — far from.
Mary September 12th, at 3: I grew up in that dreary town…. These pictures make me extremely happy that I now live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Julie September 18th, at There was also a theatre in that mall — easiest to access from the backside of the building.
Kevin September 23rd, at Northwoods was okay, but Pekin Mall always seemed more relaxed and comfortable. We often parked outside Walgreens and walked through it to get to Lums for the evening meal. It was a novelty store similar to Spencer Gifts. I believe it was located near Lums. The ramps were always fun as a kid. Each time you came to one, you had the choice of taking the ramp or taking the stairs on either side. It always seemed like only adults walked up or down the stairs.
Later I wondered if the stores located behind the ramps were disadvantaged because the ramps would bypass some of the smaller stores and you had to turn around to get back to them. The lighting in the main part of the mall always seemed inadequate. As more stores closed, parts of the mall grew so dim and isolated that you felt like you could be mugged and nobody would ever know. I do miss the Pekin Mall and what it represented to me — a simple, carefree time as a child in central Illinois.
So many of the above facts are incorrect! Yes, original anchor stores were: Can anyone help me? I lived at that mall when it opened around and also worked there while in High School. Wonder which one came first? I loved it anyway. Big large glass display cases on either side of the store entrance, just like shoe stores used to be. Thanks everyone for the trip down memory lane on a boring day! Cassie October 15th, at 3: Ahh, the memories you have returned to me. I grew up running around the stores of this mall, and thought it was the coolest place ever.
If I remember correctly, I cried when they heard they were closing it down. The place, though rundown by the time I even started going, was still the closest thing a lot of us small town kids got to a mall, with too-cheap parents to drive all the way to Peoria to visit Northwoods. Oh well, many great child hood memories still exsist of the place. Matt from WI October 15th, at 5: They all disappeared from my region by Chip October 15th, at 7: There was a Lums by the Metro Centre in Peoria at one time.
Never went to the place. Lindsay O December 1st, at Jess December 2nd, at 1: I remember trick-or-treating in the mall as a kid! My daddy bought me my first diamond ring in the Zales! I remember that I for some reason loved the old-timey kind of brick that was laid in the entrance to the Walden Books — between the tile of the rest of the mall and that dark green carpet of the store.
I remember seeing Star Wars: Episode I there about a dozen times! Thanks for these pictures. I remember getting my ears pierced at Claires. The piercing station was in the front right corner of the store, right in the middle of the mall, next to JC Pennys.
It felt like everyone in the mall was watching me all 12 people. I also remember being very young and only being able to touch the blue tiles. The Bergners storefront is still intact, frozen in time. Some of the new stores a little farther down like Camilles and Rue 21 have to take their garbage up one of the old ramps to get to the dumpsters.
Sadly, the tacky floor tiles have been removed, but it was always creepy to take garbage out. Like walking through a ghost town. Sharon December 3rd, at I really want a picture of the mural too! That was one of the absolute best parts!!! They must have painted it by the time you visited and took pictures. Kim December 17th, at The pictures posted on this blog are great, and the review of the mall is dead on! From the day that I began working there everyone was constantly worrying that the store was going to close.
The sad part was that we were only using less than half of the original JCP building. The closed portion that used to have the portrait studio and other long gone departments was only being used for storage, and was a bit creepy looking. It was fun to explore though.
I wish I had taken pictures of it. All in all, it was a pretty sad excuse for a department store, but we had a pretty fun crew and we made it work. Having grown up in Pekin, I can never remember a time when the mall was busy. The movie theatre could bring in a good crowd every once in a while, but not regularly. My friends and I usually opted to go to the Morton theatre instead.
Our family went to Lums quite a bit, and sometimes we went there for lunch breaks while I was working at JCP. We had one of our after prom parties at the mall.
The cookie place was pretty good, too. As kids we used to play the game with the ugly floor tiles; blue was water and green was grass.
We also used to race down the ramps and stairs. I managed to get myself lost when I was really little. I walked out of KB Toys thinking my mom had already left. I can still remember frantically walking from one end of the deserted mall to the next.
Someone at the salon by Walgreens ended up taking me in and gave me a balloon. I have pretty vague memories of Sears. That monster mural was great! Then they had to go and replace it with some fish. If people really wanna go shopping, they go to Peoria or somewhere else. JR December 31st, at Please stop bashing the mall…I guess it is typical of the Internet that there seems to be a bias of negativity in many posts. I have good memories, pleasant memories.
It was a good place to be a kid. It was a relative time of innocence back in the 70s and 80s. Kurt January 5th, at JR, I grew up in Sunset Hills, from to Teri Lawson Gude January 6th, at 5: Byerly Music was the music store by Bergners.
Dana January 17th, at 3: I have lived in Pekin practically all my life and the Pekin Mall was one of my favorite hangouts at a teen.
The Mall was always booming with activities including indoor car show, boat show, craft show, and more. I remember hanging out with friends after school and on the weekends. There were NO empty stores which made shopping a blast. The blue and green tiles on the floor were always fun for me and my brothers — we would each pick a color and the goal was to stay on your own color which was pretty tough to do when you got to the ramps. I think the one who chose blue had to take the stairs!
We had a blast — that was our form of cheap intertainment. I enjoyed the Cinema and would go see movies on the weekends with friends. When we were young, we were a little freaked out having to go upstairs to use the bathrooms at the movies — it seemed spooky because no one was ever up stairs.
We practically ran back down stairs when we were finished. I really miss the old Pekin Mall. I have alot of great memories of the mall and it is really sad that the owners just let it go down hill.
It needed new ownership and proper management to keep it going. It was 8 degrees out today. I believe that Wal-Mart is a major factor in the ongoing decline of Pekin. Wal-Mart is big on pushing companies to give them rock bottom prices and they ultimately pressure the manufacturers to cut corners and cost to meet the prices Wal-Mart is willing to pay. What happens to stores that want to sell good quality products??
Wal-Mart puts them out of business by selling cheap knock-offs. We have way too many empty buildings because of failed businesses. Sandy January 18th, at Kurt February 3rd, at 4: I have a very vague memory that there was some sort of loft or raised area in the clothing section in the teen or young person area but I am not sure.
Amy February 4th, at 1: I used to work in this mall as a teenager. There was a Walgreens right across from Lums, and I worked there many years. The mall used to be THE place to be, with lots of great stores, a cinema, and even a bar! Jennifer February 4th, at 5: I also want to remind you,that People smoked in this mall for years and as most of us know that smell never leaves.
This is the image burned in my minded not the flooring, windows or lighting just people going through everyday life either working ,shopping , meeting up with friends or rushing to get that last minute item. It served its purchase Thanks Again for the great memories!!!!!! Ty February 16th, at I was born and raised in Pekin, but moved away in 83, I was in grade school when the mall opened, Im now 44 yrs old.
SO many great memories meeting friends and hanging out there.. My favorite place was that pizza place on the corner.. I forgot the name, so if anyone remembers it please post it, its gonna drive me nuts now.. But that mall was SO awesome.. Julie February 23rd, at 5: We used to call the public phone across the mall and if someone answered it we would tell them we were from candid camera and ask them to do stupid things.
Some of them even did what we asked! We had a lot of fun, but even then we thought it was pretty ugly! Bryan April 10th, at 1: The new East Court Village isnt so bad in Bergners is still there with Hallmark, Rue 21, Claires, and Payless and Camilles sandwiches on one side. There is also a few new outbuildings in the old parking lot. They also added a Starbucks. There is also a lot of other new companies building in the area around the old mall. Mike April 25th, at 1: I never realized how many great memories that old mall held for me.
Everything from my birthday party at Alladins Castle and going school clothes shopping at Penneys, to buying my wifes engagement ring there. Its like a family member, sure there might be better looking ones out there, but this was ours. If ever there was a mall-rat, I was it. I spent practically every weekend in junior high and high school there.
I think I even had my first kiss there outside the rear entance for the movie theater. Middleton Tackaberry May 11th, at 6: Up to about , it seemed like the mall still got a good deal of foot traffic, especially during the Christmas season. One was the closure of Sears in early Once CEFCU moved across the street, all that foot traffic was gone and the money was spent elsewhere. Nessa June 18th, at Wow, the last time I was in that mall I was prolly anywhere between 3 and 4 I really dont know, I am sixteen now though.
I remember I got my ears pierced at the claires when I was 2. I kind of miss it, now I have to drive all the way to Peoria for a mall. Even though I probably would have drove out there anyway seeing as my prefered stores are Hot Topic, Spencers, and Pacific Sunwear. George Horn June 28th, at The mall was the place to go in pekin. It would be nice if that mall was still alive and well.
I remember going to cefcu with my dad. The mall did get boring towards the end though. It was like a ghost town. Jenny July 1st, at 8: Im 17 now, but when i was little my mom used to take me n my brother to the mall every saturday.
And i always had to ride on the ice cream truck or horse ride, it was good times: Does anyone have any old pic. Especially of the old mural in front of the j c penney hall way..
December 2nd, at 9: I was born around the same time the mall opened. I have some early memories of screaming in terror at that mural on the wall. It was frightening to me, but later when I was older I sort of gained a fondness out of this humorous fear I had of it.
I would love to see a photo as well. My mom still lives in Pekin, and I am going to ask her if she has any photographs of it. Tim August 16th, at I found a bunch of pictures of the Pekin Mall, early-to-mid s at the following link. Matt August 19th, at 1: It was a very frustrating job! The Walmart right next door was really the final nail in the coffin. The heyday for shopping malls is passed; especially with discount retailers and internet commerce stealing away their life blood.
Another cool site to view dead malls is http: Sarah C August 23rd, at 1: East Court has been a wonderful thing for the town.
The Open Air mall or strip mall, if you must has route 66, Deals, Hobbie Lobby now flourishing, and a mainstay of the Court , Debs, Macy, and several other shops that are more retail.
Inner parts of the city have perished in the process Note Sears, and Kmart , but others have taken up near East Court from the move in that now more residential area case and point WalMart.
My point on this comment is the addition of Starbucks and Sonic! There was the nearest Starbucks, the nearest Sonic was about two hours away at one point. There is alot of things about remembering the Pekin Mall but here is one that was never talked about. Pekin Mall had the safest place for me when I was little and my kids when I had some to go Halloween trick or treating. The line went all the way around the mall and you went one direction.
Everyone was so friendly and no one had to worry about checking the candy and no one had to worry about someone taking your kids everyone watched out for each other. The last movie that played at the movie theater was Twister. My husband and I where getting ready to go in and watch it when the tornado alert went off for South Pekin being hit.
That also was the last night they showed anymore movies. When they took the Pekin Mall down it was a very sad time. Most of the towns child hood memories went with it. Now the new one is to big of a pain in the but to go to. Its just so much easier to go to Wal-Mart.
I wish we had he old place back it was alot easier to get around. October 1st, at 9: We lived in East Peoria, and took the pilgrimage to the Pekin mall at least every other Saturday!
I remember fondly the Karmel Korn shop, which my brother always had a fit unless he got a bag. I remember the tacky floors but remember mostly that slight ramp near the middle of the mall.
My brother and I always wanted to slide down that banister! The Pekin Mall Cinema was a fancy night out for us poor folks! ALan October 7th, at 4: I grew up going to the mall. Always hung out in it on the weekends. It was ahapping place to be. The rumor was the rent was getting to high, for stores to say in there. But noones really knows. Dispite what it looked like, it was still a cool place to go, meet up with friends, and hang out.
Randy Price October 16th, at 9: Wow, thanks to everyone for their replies. The pictures and the store names all bring back very fond memories for me. I remember my cousin and I getting lost there when we were little kids. At the time the mall seemed so big. I remember it fondly. Thanks again for the great memories. November 2nd, at Well if you ask me i liked the mall alot better the way it was than the way it is now..
Chelsea November 16th, at 8: Wow…thanks for the memories. And who could forget those Hot Sam pretzels? I loved, loved the cheddar ones! I moved away years ago, but was still sad to hear that it had passed on. Man, this brings me back. This is just the way I remember the mall. I was born in so i do remember when it was a little more lucrative, but these pictures really gave me something to laugh at.
I wish it were still around, I would love to drop acid and hang out there all day. Linda December 19th, at I loved reading the comments. The Pekin Mall was a great place to be when it opened. I think it had most every kind of store a small midwest town would want, including a grocery store and theater. Byerly Music I briefly took piano lessons! Jessica December 21st, at 2: I remember when I was in 5th grade Fabio was there signing autographs!!!!
It was across from Fashion Bug. My grandma was the manager at Fashion bug for almost 20 years when the store was moved across town. I used to run around the break room and go upstairs and play. TMH January 13th, at Looking at the pictures made me feel as though i had stepped right into them,the memories were that vivid. I remember the smell of lums when i walked by,and seeing elderly gentlemen sitting across from it,waiting for there wives to be done shopping,while they smoked and relaxed.
Playing ski ball for the first time. Sinking my teeth into a slice of lucas pizza. Being awed by the huge and slightly strange wall mural. Buying candy at walgreens to sneak into the cinema. Peeking into the Ivanhoe,impressed by its dimness. That silly tree that scared the hell out of people as they walked by it in front of bergners.
Trick or treating there,how the line wound all the way around the mall. Sitting in lums,thinking it was THE most fanciest and best place to eat. Walking my but off from end to end,hoping to speed up labor when i was expecting my first child. To me these memories are precious,and times were quite different then. I have read every last one of them with a smile and a longing: Yes those pics bring back some really good memories of my childhood.
TMH- i vividly remember buying candy at walgreens and sneaking it in to the movies. I spent so much time there as a kid that i still occasionally have dreams about it. You could have a blast all day there with 5 bucks in your pocket. Prange Way January 20th, at 4: My daughter came across this article through facebook and sent me the link.
I was born and raised in Pekin, so I am pretty familiar with the Pekin Mall and actually worked at two different stores there during my teen years. Pekin Mall opened in Pekin had a mall before the much larger neighboring city of Peoria. Back in the day it was booming. By the time you saw it in , JC Penney had already downsized from their once very large store. I believe they cut the store about to half the size of the original store.
Also, where Hobby Lobby is was previously Sears, but actually started out as Murphy Mart, a general merchandise store much like Kmart. Both Sears and Murphy Mart used to open into the mall.
Some other things you might find interesting: Pekinite January 23rd, at 1: I to grew up in pekin and remember going to the mall with my parents and grandmother. My sister and I used to play games with the ugly blue and green tiles as well. Blue was safe, Green was out becuase the color was so ugly we didnt want to step on it. It really is to bad you didnt get to see the movie theater and of course that odd mural who could forget it?
I have read most of these posts and remember fondly all of these stores and has brought back some good memories!! But most of all, I do remember the movie theater being creepy becuase it was to dark and having to walk up the dark stairs just to get into the bathrooms then walking back out and not being able to see anything. Steve February 3rd, at How about the original layout of the mall. It is so early, some of the stores were unnamed.
JH February 19th, at 3: These pictures break my heart as I was born and raised in Pekin. Alot of you have made fun of the mall, and looking at these pictures it is easy to see why, but believe me that back in its day it was a wonderful place to be. Shawn Simmons February 21st, at I am posting a link to a video I took of the Pekin Mall during my last trip there.
I knew they were going to be closing it, so I took one last trip through the mall. The video is a little choppy because I cut out the footage of my wife and daughter. Also, there is no audio. February 21st, at February 3rd, at 7: Kevin March 24th, at 3: I remember going to the Cinema to see Jaws. Before they closed, the cinemas would play midnight movies. Matt April 16th, at This mall was my babysitter for a lot of my childhood.
The mall started going to pot when JC Penny pulled out the 1st time, then Sears in , then Walgreens left when they opened a new store elsewhere in town.
Thanks for posting this. Tim April 17th, at 8: JAT May 17th, at 3: Growing up in East Peoria, that was the place to go for quite a few years. Karmelkorn, Hot Sams, the 33 flavor Ice Cream shop…. When I saw those pictures it was like being hit in the head with an instant and very vivid memory.
I also remember seeing Smokey and the Bandit at the cinema. Thanks for posting those photos. Nice to see that the mall got documented before it was torn down. Angela May 22nd, at I also grew up in Pekin and have many fond memories of the mall.
On a friday night it would be so packed! There was a joke-type shop called Flathead Cat across from Walgreens, next to Lums, where we would hang out. I also remember taking guitar lessons at Flores Music next to Bergners. I had forgotten about The Ivanhoe, I never got the chance to go there!
Scott June 3rd, at 5: The name of the music store no one can remember the name of was Byerly Music, which later became Springer Music if I remember correctly. July 18th, at 2: One of the best memories of my life was at Pekin Mall! I was about 20, and a total Halloween junkie. Hocus Pocus was coming out at theaters, and I could not get any of my friends to go with me. We went a few hours early and roamed around the mall.
We ate at one of the restaurants, got ice cream, I bought them something with TMNT on it, maybe a record, then we went to the movie. All these awesome decorations and studio propaganda stuff. Photo 30 by James Marvin Phelps. Photo 31 by Providence Journal Co. Lunchtime at the Lighthouse Frankfort Michigan lighthouse. Photo 32 by Jim jimflix! Forget lighthouses, this time the killer waves are attacking homes!
Old Lyme, Connecticut in — Hurricane Carol destroyed hundreds of summer cottages and homes Huge waves bound into beach front homes. Photo 34 by University of Wisconsin. When the lake goes fishing. Photo 36 by Jim jimflix! Photo 37 by Tony midlander Photo 38 by James Marvin Phelps. Photo 39 by Borf The Dog.
Visit Michigan in the winter? Gale force winds at South Haven, Michigan attract visitors to the lighthouse and pier, along with surfers and intrepid kayakers. Photo 42 by Tom Gill. The ferocious waves exceeded the height of Amazing what kind of weather lighthouses have to endure. Equally amazing are the lighthouse keepers that are brave enough to live there! I grew up in Grand Haven where many of these photos were taken — come visit us — it is great.
She had an apartment over the Snug Harbor and her aunt and uncle had a restaurant on the main street. Our lighthouse is still a functional lighthouse maintained by the US Coast Guard We are there for safety and tourist guides. I visited Cape May a year ago last spring. It is a lovely area. Come visit us sometime! I grew up in East Detroit 9 mile off Gratiot.
There is so much that I never realized about the area. My family, and 3 other Coast Guard families, used to live in the St. Johns Lighthouse Not the same as St. The tower is sort of square instead of round like most lighthouses.
I have lots of pictures and stories about our time stationed there. There wass a Navy Base around it when my mom went to see it a few years back. I always wished I could go back there and fix it up to live in.
Have you thought about contacting Lighthouse Digest about using your pictures and stories? They are always looking for people who have either worked for or lived at a lighthouse. Your photos would be of equal interest! We talk to other lighthouses around the world using our ham radios and temporary antennas.
During the winter the Menominee Light House looks like all of the above pictures. I also grew up in Menominee! I also remember the ice on the Menominee Light House and the ice buildups along the shores. Great video-enjoyed every second. Thank you for giving your time and talent. I lived in Duluth Minnesota when I was a child where there is a lighthouse on lake Superior. I was always very interested in who and why anyone would live there! Hurricane Carol was in I lived near the EYC in and we did not have any hurricanes then.
I visited some these light houses in good weather to fix thier electronics. I have nothing but admiration for these guys that stuck it out on these outposts.
I,m late commenting on these pictures but I love Lighthouses. I have seen a lot of the Lighthouses on Lake Michigan and Superior. Would love to see more Jim. I lived in the Frankfort area and often would drive down to the lake to watch the waves and see them bounce against the lighthouse! Awsome with the ice forming around it! I was born and raised in Frankfort and I and my friends would go out to light house and stand and wait for a wave to hit pier and then run as fast as we can to get behind light before the wave would wash us off in to the water.
The Coast Guard had to chase us off all the time. Man those were the good old days. The pics are eirrie? Amaizing, especially the Mi lighthouses, somthered with ice. The one in Spain…Awsome. In rewatching the available video footage, I realize the awsome power of the sea…what a trashing they take…. My hats off to the photographeres!
Great collection, well done! Hope that sometime an old friend Pete Blackwell will see this, he told me and hundreds of others what a great life a light keeper can be, so tried to get a job on the Maatsuyker Light off the South Coast of Tasmania, and that place is wild, believe me, I fished it, but when I phoned, they laughted and said, you must be a friend of Petes, he has EVERYONE phone!
So that was that. And now they are automated. Again, great collection, many thanks. Amazing and Beautiful…rough storms , yet the Lighthouses stand strong. Reminds me of the song: It is well to say, only God through Christ, our lord and savior, will settle the mysteries of what we and all do not know of, in his own time, and in his own way.
It may not or maybe in your time. What am awesome illustration of who are Mightey God is! He is our Rock! No storm we endure will shake Him. They are, at least the Michigan ones are! Born and stayed 44 years and have always been in awe of the Great Lakes and all that they are.
Michigan also has more lightouses than Maine almost twice as many! Never been there in a bad storm, and thats ok with me, but moray eels hanging from the railing, thats something to talk about!! These shots are fantastic. I give a lot of credit to those who put up with the weather conditions to get them. East Coast preferably, but would love Michigan! I witness these storms in person, the lighthouse in Ludington, Mich, awesome,furious,highwinds, beautifull. I always thought the lighthouses were sort of romantic and thought it would be cool to be a keeper and live in one.
It truely is amazing what water can do when creating a force. I no longer wish for lighthouse keeping! But will now have a whole new respect for the water gods! The Lakes can be more terrible than the oceans. The effect is the same as dropping a stone in to a small container. The swells can only go so far then they run back, butting into each other. In a larger container, they can run out farther and weaken. I was sorry not to see any shots from Charlevoix, but those from Petoskey were awesome.
I lived in Michigan for 3 years while former husband was in the Coast Guard. Lighthouses are still essential but are generally not occupied. Technology has made it easier to operate them by remote control, though someone still has to go clean and change the lights periodically. Hats off to the old lighthousekeepers and their families because they endured some WILD weather!!
Yes, pretty much all lighthouses no longer need the traditional lightkeeper. Most assuredly an on-site keeper would have got a light going.
How amazing these pictures and video is. Spending my summers At Augres Mich. I had lots of opportunity to go out on the local fishing tour boat. I think of that now and realize I could have been killed had I fallen, but I will never forget being up there. This was in June, so the conditions were beautiful. I cannot imagine what it would be like out there in December! I might mention that the captain running the boat was 19 0r 20, and I was about I always think of lighthouses as being very romantic.
They ARE very heroic! Wonderful collection of pictures. These sceanes are beautiful and unbelievable, making known that the lighthouses are there to warn of conditions. God is there to protect us. We love to hear them talk of the history of the light and duties of the lightkeeper. If you are able to make it to Ashtabula Ohio north east ohio on Lake Erie our group would be interesting in meeting with you and hearing your memories as a light keeper.
One of the most spectacular videos I have ever seen. I sometimes forget how powerful storms can be but would have liked to be where the photographers were when taking these pictures. Another example of the respect we must have for the sea!!!! Wild water is a live animal.
A creature you cannot tame or train. An ever changing canvas of art! Yes, nature is ever changing and amazing! Only God could do that! Most people do not realize the size of Lake Michigan, 1 mile wide and miles long. That is a very large area and is subject to ocean type of weather as you see. During the war I was stationed on a lighthouse in Maryland for a year and even though we had rough waters there was never anything like what you have just seen.
I do believe he meant miles wide. I have some incredible photos standing on Lake Michigan in the winter underneath 20 feet high frozen waves. Much warmer, but not nearly as beautiful. I once saw a picture in National Geographic magazine of Niagra Falls when it was completely frozen over.
Imagine the power of the water going over the edge in a freeze-frame. This has happened only once or twice in its history. I was absolutely mesmerized! Whichever way you experience it, nature truly is an awesome thing to behold. The best of both worlds! I will also take a pass on living in the lighthouse. Also the fishing boat in Photo But these shots are absolutely stunning, particularly from the comfort of my home. Except for 21, which is Photoshopped or otherwise manipulated and should be removed.
When I saw 21, I thought that it looked like a painting. It is beautiful though. Could that effect be achieved by using colored filters on the camera lense? Being a retired Air traffic controller, I question the wisdom of the pilot flying is such weather? Hopefully, with todays predictions they get out, but what happened in the old days when there was no weather satellite? There is a memorial at the Pt Aux Barques lighthouse for the brave people who lost their lives trying to save others. Lake Superior, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan gets waves as large as on the ocean.
That size wave is huge, especially on an inland lake. Unfortunately, many people have not seen the mighty Lake Superior! The other great lakes are beautiful, however…Lake Superior is the best! For those of you that do not know what a troll or a yooper is…in Michigan…a troll lives under the bridge meaning the Macinaw bridge that links the lower with the upper part of Michigan.
A yooper lives above the bridge. When I was younger I wanted to live in pne. After looking at the pics…no thanks. I never even thought about extreme weather and the problems caused. And how did one get out with the extreme ice surrounding it…did they wait for spring? All in all, these are fantastic photos and I especially liked the video. A good way to ride, and enjoy a beautiful rout.
I live in Washington, and have driven up the cost from California, loved the drive. A Harley is a much better way to go. You should stop at the red wood forest, while your up this way.
I lived in Mystic, Conn. I served for 15 years on the lighthouses on the west coast of Ireland. I saw beauty in the storms as well as in the calm weather. I miss the life of a lighthouse keeper. Without the catwalk supports to hold on to I would not be here to write this.
The years following I remember many who died from being washed off! We really enjoy leaving a warm, safe, base and having the wonderful excitement of spending hours in small boats in that weather looking for your body — in the slim hope that we will find and recover you while you are still breathing.
We live on Saginaw Bay and enjoy the lake and the waves. Port Austin has a lighthouse that gets battered at times too. I always thought Lake Superior was the monster lake. Lake Michigan is no slouch! Those lighthouses have been built on solid rock foundations and not in arrogance. They have withstood many storms. Gorgeous pictures and video although I also question the common sense of the photographers!
Living where I do, between 2 inland seas, we sometimes get a chance to see how ferocious the weather can be. You have to praise the photographers for their courage to face mother nature at her worst to record her at her worst. Great job and beauty at her best. It really makes one wonder, how beauty is so given in these pictures, yet the one who takes them?
Thank you, for shareing such a true gift. No they should not be criticized. I grew up in Michigan and mainly went North to Port Austin area to Lake Huron or to Lake Michigan in the summers, but all the lakes can be rough in winter. These pictures made me homesick for that beautiful state, and in awe of its natural beauty. If place forms some of our nature, then I thank God I was raised there. You get a good dose of humility in a Michigan winter. I noted that Lake Superior was not photographed in this series.
Superior is the definition of cold and power. Thank you very much, these pictures make me want to go back to sea. Jim — My dad was a Navy captain. He joined the Navy when he was just 17 years old and loved the ocean. He fought in the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf wars. He served on destroyers and aircraft carriers. Then, about 15 years ago, he got orders from the Navy to work at the Pentagon for a couple of years.
To anybody else this would be an honor but, like yourself, dad loved being at sea. He now lives comfortably on a ranch in Texas but I know he sometimes misses his days at sea. My heart breaks when those little kids are the ones who are at home waiting for their parents to return from not one, but sometimes 4 tours?
Will never understand this!! I grew up in Petoskey which is on Little Traverse Bay. I remember each January we would have a huge storm and wake up the next morning and the bay would be frozen over. As kids we used to spend the next several weeks going out onto the ice and looking for ice caves which had been formed. We used a small hatchet to chop down the icicles in the caves and just had a good ole time!!!
In March, the warm winds would break up the ice and the caves would disappear just as fast as they came. Great memories brought back by seeing the Petoskey pictures above!!! Amazing photos and video. Makes a person wonder if any of these lighthouses ever get demolished during these terrific storms…………. Living on the New England coast much of my life, I have seen some incredible storms.. Fabulous pics and oh, how, so true some of the other sentiments I read about them from others.
These are truly the most amazing photographs I have ever seen. Like so many others before, we were awe struck. As one of the other commentors stated, these photos and video are scarry-cool.
It again reminds us where our place is in this universe and grateful that the One in charge is truly Omnipotent. We are so glad He is a loving God. I love to watch mother nature and her power. I was on the shore of Lake Superior the night that the Edmund Fitzgerald sank.
The waves were landing in the parking lot a hundred feet away after hitting the rocks on the lake shore and spraying up in the air. I have lived here in Munising, Mi. I would love to hear your story of that stormy night. Perhaps, by chance we will meet sometime on an August day.
I live in Grand Marais and anytime there is a storm there will be at least 5 cars down by the pier watching the waves attack the light. Great way to get your car washed. Grand Marais, MI is such a lovely place where I spent many vactions and I remember that lighthouse so well! These pictures are beautiful.
We love light houses. Being from Maine we love these type of breath taken oictures. I grew up in St. Joseph, MI and remember watching some of these storms I ice covered lighthouse brought back may memories. Keep the pictures coming. The pictures are amazing and beautiful. I lived near Lake Michigan for 16 years and never once was there to capture the beauty of the light houses and piers during the winter season.
Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures! As a structural engineer, I have to take my hat off to the folks who design and built those lighthouses capable of resisting forces like that! Considering how much energy it took to build the present structure, it must have been awfully important to have a lighthouse at that location! This example was shaped like a smooth tapered round cone that diminished in diameter in concave curves.
The stonework was incredible for its smooth, continually curved face and for the interlocking joinery of every one of its individual blocks, seeming to defy what seemed possible for stone to be! I am going to see if I can find those pictures. How lighthouses are constructed is a fascinating field! On a broader note, sometimes lighthouses are, in my opinion as a designer, some of the most beautiful structures ever built by people.
Sometimes the builders and the structures they built were generous in their aesthetic spirit as though inspired by the importance and compassion of the work they did and by the majesty of the elements they understood and watched for us.
And in many ways, their labors and works seemed designed to frame the grace, strength and sense of purpose of the light-keepers. Thanks for sharing an incredible diversity of the interplay between us and the rest of Creation! Take care and talk with you again doon. Did you know that Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state?
My husband and I are lighthouse hunters and have seen most of the US lighthouses in the pictures — especially the MI ones. We owe them and the lighthouse keepers of today and yesteryear a big debt for the work they do and what they have endured to keep the light shining!
Most people have no idea how wild a storm on the Great Lakes can be. It is just as terrifying as an ocean storm. And, our winters were nothing to sneeze at either!!!! It was built around the time of the Civil War. No storms during our stay. There was a narrow passage to the top that my Daughter still remembers climbing.
If you want to live the experience I think it is still available to rent for a week or weekend. What a great collection of lighthouse pictures. I was brought up in the summer on Lake Michigan seeing Pte. Betsie lighthouse near Frankfort,Mich. Pictures of those fabulous and historical places are on many walls of our home here in California. I have a big poster in the master bedroom that declares Michigan has 36 lighthouses, more than any state in the USA!
Thanks, Nancy Magnusson,Claremont, Cal. Hi, Back in I was in the U. It was for the ore freighters that were bringing ore to the largest steel mill in America. I have tried to get a picture of this place for many years now, with no results. My discharge papers state that I was indeed stationed at this light house. Do you have any pictures of this light house? If not let me know I am sure I can get you one. It is an Art Deco style light house and steel I believe.
We went through Hurricanes but nothing to compare with the wave action shown in the pictures…pretty Awesome. I loved Lighthouse living and have many wonderful memories to this day. Thanks for posting these beautiful pictures for all to see. This reminds me of when I used to be a light-house keeper.
I just did dusting and swept the floors, no heavy lifting, and no windows. Really enjoyed the pics, especially the lighthouses I have seen in person in milder weather. Photos are truly awesome. Growing up in Soo, Mi and St. I was a 3rd generation sailor in the family of Five Captains and one Chief Engineer.
Congdon, and the loss of 44 cars off the decks of the Steamer John P. The above account with the amazing photography, tells the world what lifesaving tools and aids to navigation lighthouses and their keepers were all about. Boating on Lake Michigan brought us to many of these lights.
Beautiful scenery in the summer, awesome from the shore in winter. It was my privilige to live in the Point Betsie Frankfort Michigan lighthouse for three years as the wife of the Coast Guard lighthouse keeper. The storms and the beautiful scenes in both winter and summer were awesome. How long ago was that? All I can say is that it must have been a long time ago…or you were nuts…or really enjoyed the adventure!
Hats off to you!!! They are just beautiful to view…but I would not want to be there. Not THAT long ago. I well remember my salary as an ensign and a recent graduate of the U. Those were great shots. Nor could most, imagine to anger of the dust storms we incounter in the west.
It a marvel to say the least. God creates beauty in every form—though distructive it is to marvel at. Thank you for the presentation. Yes, it does want one to paint them and you should! I get inspired just in the summer months around the great lakes and especially Lk. I always end up drawing or painting something of nature and the lighthouses and water. Do it know before you loose that great feeling. It will soon pass away until you see something that triggers that artist in you again.
My complements to our Creator!!! Not only do the heavens declare the glory of God, but so does the power in the storms!! Great pictures I lived in FL.
Beautiful, Amazing and scary photos, Michigan is one of the most awesome, beautiful places I have ever seen. The people are just as welcoming and friendly. Thanks, most of us do love to share our friendliness and beauty of Michigan…well, at least those that are not glued to the city! You certainly will be welcomed! My husband and I went on our lighthouse tour f the Eastern side of Michigan a few weekendds ago and were so amazed of the lack of signs in the cities to show where the lighthouses are.
I have no problem making a donation to visit one, and think this is an opportunity that should not be passed up, by just posting better signage! Storms on the Great Lakes can be far deadlier than those on the oceans because of the size of the lakes. Awesome and makes you realise just how small and fragile we are. Taking the video must have been frightening and exciting!
I love the sea ,grew up with the sea ,seen big waves , but this footage is wonderfully powerful. Never underestimate the power of wind and water. I remember seeing frozen waves on the shore of Lake Michigan. Those icy pictures remind me of the bitter cold of those winters. Hats off to the photographers! We lived along Lake Michigan for 16 years. My husband would take our sons to the lake and tell them that it was the ocean.
Of the lake was more impressive than our visits to Wildwood, NJ. The lake storms could be horrendous. While these waves may be big, they are in no way close to the ferocious waves attacking lighthouses during powerful storms. Photo 32 by […]. Loved all the pictures. Spent many hours on the pier in South Haven and love every picture I see of the lighthouse.
You should see the Ice Burgs along the shore in winter, we use to play on them, If our Mother knew, we would have been grounded for the winter. It has since been replaced by automation. It was known as Manistee Moorings at the time. Saw the biggest storm I have ever seen there.
The light is about 10 mlies out from Leland. We were too busy trying to survive to take pictures, the waves broke down the sea door and we were being flooded. They told us by radio there was nothing they could do to help us that we were on our own. Not a good feeling. How awesome is Lake Michigan. I live in Petoskey and have seen some amazing waves on the pier.
These pics are spectacular! We were in Grand Haven this year. I have that book. I grew up in northern Michigan and have seen all the Michigan lights shown here.
Beautiful pictures, and awesome! Anyone who has spent time crewing on the freighters of the Great Lakes will tell you Lake Superior and Lake Michigan can be more treacherous than the North Atlantic. The storms come up very fast.
Walking out either of the piers to the lighthouse and range light was scarey even with small waves washing against it. As supervisor of Grand Haven S.
Trainor who I was releiveing, had to through an axe out that upper window so I could chop the ice off to get the door open so I could get in and he could go home. Visit us on Facebook……. The EYC burned down a couple of years back. A shame to withstand all the hurricanes and succumb to fire. The beauty of Gods creation. There is so much beauty in this world, if we could only see it all!!
I stayed on White Shoals light about Carl Walters was the keeper at that time, it you know or was there drop a line.
The Grand Haven Light house on the South Pier is my favorite and one of the most photographed in the world. President Ford was believed to have a framed photo of it in the White House. The photographers should be acclaimed for their fearlessness for documenting all these wonderful light house pictures showing the fury of Lake Michigan storms. These are really wonderful photographs. Thank you for sharing them with the world. When Irene was coming up the coast, I went out and did some photographs and a couple of videos at two of the lighthouses near me here in Maine.
Thaks again for sharing the great photos with all of us. The Great Lakes can really churn up some waves!! It is beautiful to behold, but not much fun to ride on in a boat! Fortunately, most of the real bad storms come after boating season is over in Michigan.
Michael from Brighton, MI. Photo 26 by […]. We have more lighthouses than any other state with so much shoreline on the Great Lakes….. These lighthouse pictures were awesome. The Ft Gratiot lighthouse. Thanks for sending them. A great collection of photography, especially the video. My particular interest and niche is to do the offshore Michigan lighthouses during the winter and spring breakup with the infinitely varied background floating and reefed ice. In winds that create waves like in those pictures I am getting thrashed about inside the airplane with the camera banging me in the forehead and sometimes striking the window frame of the airplane.
The nearest picture with any wave action is the one in the book of Point Betsy. And in that case the winds were blowing me back into the lighthouse and across the water at probably 80 mph or more, despite my efforts to maintain a slow 55 mile an hour airspeed. Kudos to those involved. One never knows just exactly what each winter will bring.
Some are tame as a lamb with little snow and moderate temps. Some are seemingly never-ending and nowhere to pile all the excess snow!!! Ah, but life on the lakes! Fantastic pix — hats off to the brave photographers! What fantastic and talented photographers! And, needless to say, what courageous photographers. However, I can feel what satisfaction they get when they get a picture like these.
Congratulations to all of you, and thank you for sharing your pictures with us. Hope all of you are members of the Lighthouse Society of America to help preserve these amazing treasures! The power of the storms. Makes one wonder how the light towers are attached with such power to the bases they are perched on. Now the rest of my story.
We succeeded and it is still there and open seasonally. We were married in , and remained happily for 38 years until Cancer claimed her life in The lighthhouse was by this time located two blocks in land from the ocean [except for rare hurricanes and floods].
But these photographs are magnificent! You may print my name, I am proud Jack E. Boucher, Silver Spring, MD, of this story! I just had to look at all these photographs again. The quality, courage and tenacity of the photographers is incredible. The images remind me of the famed lighthouse Eddystone off the English coastline. I thought it was a great photograph. These pics are awesome! A beautiful and spectular captures well done with great details. The power of God is mighty.
You have done a breath taking job here. Thank you for sharing them with the public. I have lived in West side of Michigan all my life and have seen many of these Lighthouses.
Never had the experience of visiting the inside of one but plan to search which ones are available to visit inside. Can you imagine what it must have been like for the keepers a hundred years or so ago — battling those waves to keep the lights lit? Many died in those endeavors. I was amazed to see how high the waves actually rose. This is the first time I have seen foot waves in action. Congratulations on a great job.
What a wonderful collection. There are no words to describe the beauty and ferocity seen here. Thank you so much for sharing them with us and thanks to my Michigan USN buddy for bringing them to my attention. Mother Nature has a way of reminding us how utterly powerless we can be at times. It is a trip worthwhile taking. Many of the Great Lakes lighthouses were indeed manned.
A worthwhile trip documenting life in a lighthouse is available at the lighthouse at the northern most tip of Grand Traverse Bay, MI. Many of us enjoy the the reminder I am reveling in it, this day that our fellow human beings have the courage to rise above their real fear, to achieve something beyond it.
I must disagree with the person who says people do not live in these houses. We all live in the places where we keep what we treasure. As a young lieutenant in the Coast Guard, stationed at the Base in Seattle, I had the opportunity to visit the families living at the Patos Island, Washington lighthouse to do an audit.
The history surrounding that island was fascinating, and the vistas amazing. Their bodies washed up on Patos, as well as other islands in the Straits of Juan de Fuca; the lighthouse keepers and their families found the remains and buried them.
I remember the island as beautiful, but very lonely; to my recollection it took about 6 hours to get there via patrol boat. I think the lighthouse was scheduled for total automation in a couple of years; but that was around Though no one actually lived in that lighthouse, their quarters were very close by.
These photos are inspiring from so many standpoints — the stark beauty, and the fear that comes with the knowledge that man has no control over your immediate surroundings. Oh yes we do!!! I just spent 17 days at Battery Point Lighthouse as an emergency keeper. Come check us out. We have 3 lighthouses you can volunteer during April through Oct.
We have been Lighthouse volunteers for 11 years and have truly enjoyed every minute of our time serving. I remember our 1st year in as volunteers at Big Sable Point, a storm was coming across from WI and we hurried to the top of the tower to watch it, and it was amazing, for the storm was like a curtain on a stage with dark clouds, thunder and lightning and beside the curtain there was sun.
Come and join us. I will warn you, it becomes additive, you serve and actually live in the Big Sable Lighthouse with wonderful facilities and awesome views from every room and especially from your bedroom and kitchen.
The sunsets are breathless! What devotion these keepers had to tend the light. In Jan 1, 1: No rain, ocean was like glass against the North Jetty. We were married in the family room next to the fireplace.
Historical Society that runs the place said that not to many people get the chance to use the lighthouse for weddings. The pictures are truly magnificent. I have a deep respect for the people that live or have lived in these light houses!
The power of the ocean is amazing. Thank you for this insight. The pics are truly amazing, and the memories that people have shared is equally amazing. Our God is an awesome God….!
These pictures are fabulous. I lived in Detroit and Port Huron for 27 years and still consider the lake shore lines and beaches to be the most beautiful in the world. I never saw the vicious storms while I was there, but it is not hard to believe when one sees the waves when there is only a small storm.
I grew up in Michigan. I lived on Lake Michigan in Muskegon, Mi. I remember the waves, undertows, and the ice. It looked just like all these pictures. It was stuck there for the entire winter. We had numerous ships from all over the world who would come into our town down through the channel into Muskegon Lake and on to the warehouse district.
Most were there for the scape metal. It was so interesting and awesome to watch these huge sea fairing vessels come in. You could stand at the channel and almost touch them as they passed by. I really miss those incredible times. I always wanted to live in a Light House Years ago. But after seeing some Big Storms I thought otherwise! The photos were spectacular. I was amazed at the changes the various seasons had on the structures. Never having visited Michigan, I was surprised at the number of light houses on Lake Michigan.
My uncle Russ Pouliot co-founded the Bayview to Mackinaw Sailboat race, so I have a history of boating most of my life. Although I love the Pacific ocean I do miss the great lakes area. Great photography of the powerfull and dynamic force of the great lakes sorrounding the beautiful state of Michigan.
If I had a bucket list, this would be the first and only thing on it. I would love to experience such a thrilling phenonmenal event! The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? Am also born a Yooper in the Upper Peninsula of beautiful Michigan. Was only disappointed to not see any pics on Lake Superior, which was 2 or 3 miles from our resort on Lake AuTrain.
Our resort was one of the most beautiful in Northern Michigan. We had our lodge, and very large, and beautiful log cottages with Lake Superior agate rock fireplaces and my Dad, Richard A. Perry built every single building from scratch by reading books on how to build with logs. He was on a television show specifically being lauded for this huge resort. Our little Lake AuTrain was gorgeous summers and winters, but you never heard such a banging clanging sound as our double plate picture windows all around the lodge faced the fury of storms coming down from Canada.
We had a doorbell and the winds would blast off a noise that sounded like a ghost howling. Many a time lightening struck our tall pines around the house and left their mark.
Then breakfast, and mom driving us through storms to the little town of AuTrain, Mich. This, of course years before. Now we caught the bus to drive allllll the heck from AuTrain to all the tiny little areas here and there. We would drive the two lane highway all around Lake Superior with ice dikes feet high and of course, Lake Superior is frozen in winter all around the edges and it has a whole whole lot of coastline around those edges.
More then any other state. Our family would get snowed in so often, and without electricity and frozen pipes. We had to heat snow to wash our hair. These pictures of the Lighthouses are so beautiful, and so shocking, that anyone who was a lighthouse keeper, or flew to get these pictures was seriously courageous! I am in Northern California now, and have been to some of our lighthouses here and California is stunning too.
Redwoods, Ocean, beaches, sunshine and friendly people. Most of our Yooper Upper Peninsular friends spend their winters in Florida, golfing these days. Also my sister Kitty Perry Osborne, and her husband retired Col.
These photos and video are going to everyone on my mailing list. After watching these photos and the fury of Lake Michigan you can understand why and how the laker the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Michigan so quickly with all hands!
First of all I would like to correct the person who posted about the Fitz sinking on Lake Michigan You need to check your sources. Lake Superior is the largest and deepest of the great lakes and Is known as Lake Gitchegumee the lake that never gives up its dead. The Fitz sank with all aboard lost. It is a living memorial and probably will never be raised. I was born in Frankfort, raised in Ludington. My Dad and both Grandfathers sailed the Great Lakes and told of being out during some of these storms.
Always wanted to be a sailor when I grew up, now have to be content with taking cruises. Oui, les gens ne vivent dans ces phares dans le Michigan.
Il ya un site qui ils vont, splka. I also collected them from all over. To see these storm pictures is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing. These photos are magnificent, I almost would love to be in one of them during a storm, I live in Michigan and have seen some of them. I might be taking a vacation to some of them this winter, just in case.
Do people still live in light houses? What do they do when an ice storm hits? Has a light house ever been toppled by ice storm or waves? After seeing these pictures I have my doubts! The station consisted of a work deck which was about 15 ft. The entire structure was suspended above the ocean by eight iron legs that were screwed into the coral reef.
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