Our next stop along US 2 was on the Garden Peninsula, which extends 22 miles southwest into Lake Michigan.
Fayette Historic State Park features a somewhat restored "company town" that was built in the late 1800's for the management and workers at the Fayette Iron Smelter.
The buildings were empty, but there was plenty of signage that explained what each was and how they fit into the life of the town.
Smelting iron ore was an arduous process, using heat produced by burning large amounts of charcoal.
The charcoal was made in these large kilns. Several years ago, we saw similar cone-shaped kilns in Death Valley.
Looking up at the hole at the top of the kiln can make you feel a bit dizzy.
Although there were a few larger RVs, most of the campers had smaller trailers, pop ups, and tents. It seemed almost every site had a trailer, a tent or two, a boat, and a screened easy-up over the picnic table. For all of that, everyone was peaceful and there were no loud groups.
Many state parks have no hookups, or as in this case electric only. Starting with a full fresh water tank, we can be self-sufficient with respect to water for about five days, or up to a week if we use the park bathhouse and are careful with our water usage.
|[From Craig] The patriarch drank too much, but the young ones were fine upstanding folks.|
Although it was broken off, this was one of the more elaborate markers we saw. I think it was a family plot marker. Many of the graves are unidentified.
As I have noted before, our route this summer was based on driving US Highway 2 from end to end.
Well, we made it.