view SE from bridge, Hancok left, Houghton right
One thing I did not expect when we traveled to Hancock, Michigan was the gigantic presence of the Portage River. Hancock is perched on one bank and across the expanse is the town of Houghton. The Houghton-Hancock Bridge connecting the two towns is vital to the prosperity of both, but as the only land access to the northern most area of Michigan it is also indispensable to the entire Upper Peninsula called the Keweenaw Peninsula. To the south the Portage River becomes Portage Lake and to the north, connects to Lake Superior as the Portage Canal.
ariel view shows Temple Jacob location
Temple Jacob has made its home on the bank of this venerable river since 30 May 1912, the day its cornerstone was laid. The view is spectacular and I wonder if there is another synagogue in the United States with such a setting.
This view is from the side of Temple Jacob looking out toward the bridge and the river.
 Rochelle Berger Elstein, "The Jews of Houghton-Hancock and Their Synagogue," Michigan Jewish History 38 (November 1998); online archives,Jewish Historical Society of Michigan(http://www.michjewishhistory.org/pdfs/vol38.pdf : accessed 28 September 2012), page 7