Travel Tuesday – Queen’ s Hotel Port Elgin Ontario

The Queen’s Hotel was owned in the 1940’s by Mr. and Mrs. McPhearson, who were great friends to my great-grandmother Edith Basham Lindsay. Every summer, they would drive from Detroit to Port Elgin to spend a month there.

Post card from the Queen’s Hotel Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada

Oscar, Mr. McPhearson, Edith, and Mrs. McPhearson outside the Queen’s Hotel Port Elgin, Ontario

Oscar and Edith outside the Queen’s Hotel, Port Elgin, Ontario

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Travel Tuesday – RMS Queen Elizabeth


Back of postcard says: THE PORT OF NEW YORK is the busiest port in the world. The Queen Elizabeth is shown being berthed. Other ships are from the bottom, The Independence, America, United States, Olympia, Aircraft Carrier Intrepid, Mauretania and Sylvania.

My grandfather and great-grandmother traveled aboard the Queen Elizabeth in 1948 (read that story here).

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Travel Tuesday – Historic Cullman Railroad Depot

More pictures from my adopted home town. While no one in my family would have come through Cullman County on the railroad, I can imagine that some one of them would have visited a rail road depot some where.

The Cullman Railroad Depot as it stands now was completed in 1913 by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company (L & N). This depot replaced the original depot in Cullman, when the tracks were laid below ground level. Passenger service stopped running to Cullman in 1968, and the depot was used by section crews, until 1990, when the depot was purchased by the City of Cullman and today it houses the United Way of Cullman County. In the lobby are vintage railroad related items on display and outside is a restored L & N caboose. The depot was added to National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

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Travel Tuesday – Holland, Michigan’s Tulip Time Festival

My grandparent’s, Oscar and Lucille Lindsay, along with their mother’s Edith Lindsay and Elsie Mielke, visited Holland, Michigan’s Tulip Time Festival in 1949.

Here is a brief history of the Tulip Time Festival from Holland, Michigan’s tourism website.

History of Tulip Time Festival

Who would have predicted that the “Best Small Town Festival” in America, with over 500,000 people in attendance, grew out of a Woman’s Literary Club meeting in 1927? There, Miss Lida Rogers, a biology teacher at Holland High School, suggested that Holland adopt the tulip as its official flower and celebrate it with a festival.

The idea caught on, and the next year the City Council purchased 100,000 tulip bulbs from the Netherlands to plant in city parks and other areas. Bulbs were also available for Holland residents to purchase at one cent each. In the spring of 1929 thousands of tulips bloomed, and so did the long history of this annual festival. By the mid 1930’s, Tulip Time was nationally known. Big name stars like Dorothy Lamour, Pat O’Brien, and George Raft entertained at the festival.

Except for a brief hiatus during World War II, Tulip Time has continued to thrive. 1947 was a banner year, with the celebration of Holland’s Centennial and the strengthening of our Dutch ties. The Netherlands was grateful for the aid our citizens had provided following the war. In fact, the people of Amsterdam presented the City with the street organ that now entertains Windmill Island visitors. 1947 was also the first year of a long tradition: a visit from the governor of Michigan leading the street scrubbing ceremonies.

Another big year for Tulip Time was 1976. Holland received tremendous publicity through its float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade. And that year, the Tulip Time festival climaxed with the appearance of the President, West Michigan’s own Gerald R. Ford, in the Parade of Bands.  Each year, Tulip Time brings back time-honored traditions and enhances the festival with new ones.

Here’s some pictures that my grandparent’s took that day! Click on any of the photo’s for a slideshow of the pictures!

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©Finding Mielke 2012