Sunday, October 27, 2013

Another visit to see BART

This is from an early summer trek of the Shoreline Trail North of Marquette.  The Shoreline intersects the NCT and there is a nice trail to Sugarloaf, a high rocky spur North of Marquette.
This is a short hike, but very scenic

Not too much foot traffic and well maintained
Typical NCT blaze is easy to follow
I parked off of 550 and just headed East.  There are some pretty big rocks to scale, so I wouldn't recommend that approach unless your prepared for that.
I found the remains of a young deer on a bluff near a deep ravine. Probably a winter fatality
Lots of bugs!
Nearing the top of the spur!
The trail winds around from the shore side to the West and comes out here...

The last corner on the trail, and a beautiful view of the Mulligan Plains to the West of Marquette
View to the NE from the top of  "Sugarloaf Mountain"
The main reason for the trek was to visit the BART memorial.  If you're curious about BART, just follow and download the pdf via the link.  I recommend you do, it's an inspirational story.

The BART monument
Close up of the commemoration plaques. This monument gets hit by lightning often and has been repaired many times.

 I happened upon a WW1 records database and checked for Bartlett's draft card.  Sure enough, here it is...

A Bartlett King draft registration card
I decided to find Bart's marker in the Park View Cemetery, with some help from the sexton I found the marker.
So if you've ever made the short hike up to the top of Sugarloaf and seen the obelisk now you can see Bart's other marker.


That's right.  Bart was an engineer with the 107th.

I looked into the deaths from the pandemic in France during WW I.  I was very surprised to see this spike in soldier fatalities.  I don't remember reading as a student, the effects of the pandemic on all of the soldiers.  Certainly, it was a significant factor.

Many soldiers developed pneumonia as a consequence of the pandemic flu. Bart died in October, the height of the scourge

Well hope you enjoyed this trip to see BART, a fellow Marquette citizen from long ago...

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