Going Home by Brian Crocker

Going Home

Brian Crocker on Hometown Reunions & the End of All Our Foes

I turned west off Michigan highway 64 and onto Main Street just as the sun was setting Thursday evening, one day before the reunion was scheduled to begin. With the closing of the mine in 1995 and the dissolution of the school district in 2003, the sun setting on the town seemed to be an apt metaphor. Most of the remaining population of my old hometown is retired, since those too young to retire or who had school-age children had to relocate to find gainful employment and schools. There are a number of homes—many of them built by the Copper Range Company in the 1950s—used as vaca . . .