Signs on mountain to tell story of Madosh family 5-18-07

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - David Madosh wasn't a U.S. citizen but worked as a scout for the Union Army during the Civil War. For his service, the government gave the American Indian a 130-acre plot near Sugarloaf Mountain.

Hikers on the mountain now will learn about Madosh, his family and other area American Indians as they walk its wooden steps and take in the views of Lake Superior.

George Madosh, David Madosh's great-great-grandson, and his family will gather with Marquette County officials on Saturday to unveil and dedicate 12 signs that explain the history of the Madoshes - one of the area's oldest families and members of Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

“I love to see something there so future generations can go read about our family history,” George Madosh told The Mining Journal. “Anybody who walks up will be able to tell the track of our family and how they moved around.”

Madosh said he was inspired after hearing the story of his ancestor, whose deed to the land was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

George Madosh worked with Al Feldhauser, the county's senior planner, who worked to ensure the signs maintain the mountain's character.

“It already is an interesting spot just for its scenic points,” Feldhauser said. “The signs will tell another aspect of it that you wouldn't get just from walking up there.”