Quincy Mine

    The House of Three Faces

    The Pewabic Mine’s legacy is forever memorialized by the great copper bearing lode that shares its name. Unfortunately the young mine’s fate was not to be as fortunate as such a discovery would seem to predict, as the mineralization of the lode along the Pewabic’s property was not nearly as rich as had been hoped. It turned out that the real riches sat just to the south along property held by the Pewabic’s far more fortunate neighbor – the Quincy. This disparity reached it inevitable conclusion when in 1891 the Quincy purchased its former rival for the sum of a million dollars. Yet Quincy was interested in far more than just bragging rights. It was also looking to continue its pillaging of the Pewabic lode by utilizing its neighbor’s lands to push its mine further to the north along the same lode that had served it so well. Central to this plan was the re-opening of the Pewabic’s No.6 shaft, a shaft that would become more commonly known as “North Quincy”. Along with the new name came a new surface plant, built out of the remnants and ruins left behind by the abandoned Pewabic. Approaching the North Quincy today finds…

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        Whispers in the Forest

        CCE takes a typical walk through a Copper Country forest - listening for long lost voices yearning to be heard in the ruins and remnants still scattered along the trail.
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        Making Memories with CCE

        As a student in his first few years of coursework at Michigan Tech there were two things to do in place of studying or attending class. The first of these requires no explanation for those who also attended the old mining college. Since I didn’t drink, it would be the second option that would occupy most of my free time – Copper Country Cruisin’. As the name would suggest, this past time consisted of just driving around the Keweenaw looking for cool stuff to explore.  And boy was there plenty of cool stuff to…
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        One Thousand

        “If, a century ago, you were to leave Calumet for points further south you would hop a train at the Mineral Range Depot on Oak Street and ride the line south towards Hancock. After passing Swedetown on your right and traveling over a small lake, you would find yourself moving through the property of the Osceola Mine before turning south-west and heading into the wilderness. Thirty years since the last train passed through, we at Keweeanw Explorer find ourselves making the same trek – sans train of course.” “A Train Depot”, July 2006, Post…
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        Chasing Butterflies…

        It was six years ago this week that I sat down at my computer to write the first paragraphs, and edit the first photographs of what would become the very first post for a humble little exploration journal you all know today as Copper Country Explorer. Over half a decade later I am sitting down to do the same for the 900th time – yet another CCE milestone. In the beginning I would have been writing these words on my intimidatingly large and loud PowerMac G5 tower which took up over half of my…
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        This Old House

        It wasn’t much of a house really, a rather plain looking gambrel roofed home with a squat attached garage. It looked exactly like all the other houses on the block, as well as the next block and the block after that. A century ago C&H had built this entire neighborhood for its workforce, erected three blocks of trunk style houses in the vacant land between Laurium and Calumet – a place known as Hecla Location. It was a small house, but thanks to a pair of war-era additions it was a bit larger then…