Coplan’s Iron and Metal. Escanaba.
Michigan is perhaps the strangest state in the Union, a place where the past, the present, and the future are all tied up together in a hard knot….It is the North Country wedded to the force that destroyed it.
—Bruce Catton, American Panorama: East of the Mississippi. 1960.
Easy come, easy go…Well, we know that now. We tried the easy way and met disaster. Now we are on the hard road, but we believe it is a high road. We Michigan folks are proud of what we are doing and the way we are doing it. We want the world to know of that pride, and by it we want to be known ourselves.
—Michigan: A Guide to the Wolverine State. Michigan Writers’ Project. 1941.