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Kingsford, remnant of where it all began.

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  • FireMan
    Charter Member
    • Jul 2015
    • 8262
    • Bottom of Winnebago

    Kingsford, remnant of where it all began.

    I was up here in the Iron Mountain range of Michigan, a part of what is called the U.P. The U.P. might be one of two of my favorite spots on the planet of my small world, the other being Alaska. These are some pics of the remnant of the Ford plant that was used for making the wood parts for Ford’s cars & gliders in WWII. There was a collaboration by Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Edison & and a fella names Kingsford. They came up with an idea of what & how to make use of the scrap & refuse from the wood works of the plant. Ford owned 400,000 acres of forest & brought the wood to the factory of what was later was named Kingsford after the guy who was one of the key players in making briquettes happen. The pics I hope are in some sort of progression. The plant is just a remnant of once was & is partially used for a foundry or something.
    There is a pic of a track with a bit of forest. Behind the forest is the plant. The pizza a place is right across the street from it as is the old abandoned bldg. Ford quit operations in 1951. Don’t know when the Kingsford briquette operation moved. Nothing like a run on story. Click image for larger version

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  • NortheastAl
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    • Mar 2017
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    #2
    Nice bit of history. Thanks.

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    • RonB
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      • Apr 2016
      • 13549
      • Near Richmond VA
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      #3
      Neat stuff.

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      • DWCowles
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        • Jul 2014
        • 9702
        • Smiths Grove, Ky
        • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

        #4
        Great pics!

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        • Steve R.
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          • Jul 2016
          • 2505
          • Elizabethtown, KY
          • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

          #5
          Hey, I have a cousin who lives in the Kingsford area. And he got me interested in getting my first Weber kettle. Go figure!

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          • tRidiot
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            • Dec 2015
            • 756
            • NE OK
            • Traeger BBQ124
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            #6
            What in the world is a Flivver????

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            • FireMan
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              • Jul 2015
              • 8262
              • Bottom of Winnebago

              #7
              tRidiot , I respectfully defer the answer to your question to Danjohnston949.

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              • tRidiot
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                • Dec 2015
                • 756
                • NE OK
                • Traeger BBQ124
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                #8
                Google says, "a cheap car or aircraft, especially one in bad condition."

                Helluva mascot. lol

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                • FireMan
                  FireMan commented
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                  It originally referred to a Model T Ford. Which was a cheap car built for the masses, but it was oh, so good.
              • jgreen
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                • Oct 2014
                • 2742
                • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
                • Cookers:
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                  Accessories:
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                  and, maybe some other toys as well

                #9
                Kind of sad to see things no longer used, but those are some cool pics.

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                • FireMan
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                  • Jul 2015
                  • 8262
                  • Bottom of Winnebago

                  #10
                  Addendum: the reason Ford needed all the wood was for parts, such as steering wheels, dashboards, trim. This was an age before plastic.

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                  • jfmorris
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                    • Jim Morris

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                    #11
                    It's always sad to me to see places once busy and bustling with people sitting empty and idle. Way too much of that around the country.

                    I had two uncles with farms in the UP of Michigan. It's beautiful country. And of course there are always the touristy areas like Mackinac Island to visit - a little more scenic than Kingsford apparently!

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                    • FireMan
                      FireMan commented
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                      Oh, it’s scenic up here. The forests & countrside is beautiful.
                  • DoubleUpOrQuit
                    Club Member
                    • Dec 2017
                    • 344
                    • Minneapolis, MN
                    • Old Country offset smoker, 22” Weber Kettle, 4 burner gas. Oak logs, Royal Oak Lump, Kingsford Briqs, Gas.

                    #12
                    This is a great little history lesson, thanks for sharing.

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                    • Danjohnston949
                      Former Member
                      • Dec 2014
                      • 4418
                      • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

                      #13
                      FireMan, Why in the World Would You Suggest I Am an Authority on Things Old and Cheap❓ Thank You for the Great Story and Pic's of a Bygone Era‼️
                      OBTW, I Refer to My M - T Ford as a Jitney for What It's Worth❓
                      Eat Well and Prosper❗️ From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan

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                      • gcdmd
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                        Hey, Dan. Welcome back. Our prayers have been answered.

                      • HawkerXP
                        HawkerXP commented
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                        gcdmd did you notice the date on Dan's post?

                        Like a lot of us, still wondering how he is doing.

                      • gcdmd
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                        HawkerXP
                        No, I did not. I didn't realize that this tread was a year old. Thank you for pointing it out.
                        Last edited by gcdmd; February 14, 2019, 03:52 PM.
                    • FireMan
                      Charter Member
                      • Jul 2015
                      • 8262
                      • Bottom of Winnebago

                      #14
                      jfmorris, I just had to add this pic of winter forest just outside Kingsford. The pic doesn’t do it justice, but tried to capture the breathtaking view. Click image for larger version

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                      • jfmorris
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                        FireMan that is just beautiful. Wish I was there instead of sitting at a desk today!
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                      The UP of Michigan and Door County in Wisconsin are two of my favorites as well !!! Kind of makes me want to break into song....

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