• Now in HD: City Center (p2)

    CCE finishes up its tour of Hancock's impromptu city center with a look at the schools and churches which called it home.

  • Now in HD: City Center (p1)

    CCE tours Hancock's impromptu city center, with stops at city hall, the Methodist Church, and the city's Montezuma Park

  • NEW: Along the Three Hundred

    Even more Hancock goodness, this time with a look along Quincy's 300 block.

  • Lost Hancock

    Thanks to out time traveling explorer Tom Roberts CCE explores a few of Hancock's less known lost gems.

  • The Funkey Block

    CCE explores one of Hancock's most impressive buildings, an old commercial block which has become truly two-faced thanks to a subsequent facelift.

  • The Replacements

    CCE returns to the burnt out 200 block to explore the collection of new buildings erected along its shoulders..

  • Forged From Fire

    Fire has shaped many a Copper Copper community, but no where has it taken such a toll as it has along the 200 block of Hancock's Main Street.

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    The Funkey Block

    The fires that ravaged the 200 block of Hancock’s Quincy Street were almost complete in their destruction. Over a dozen 19th century buildings were wiped away, leaving large empty spaces along both sides of the commercial corridor. While new buildings would eventually move into the now open spaces, those replacement structures were often a far cry from the architectural might that had existed before. There does remain two pieces of the 200 block’s old streetscape however. These stand tall at the block’s far western end,  at the corner of Ravine Street. One is a sprawling commercial block that would later receive an …

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    The Quincy Method (p3)

    Mining at its most basic level is nothing more than an exercise in transporting rock from one point to another. This process begins underground soon after the rock is blasted free from its subterrarian home as it is loaded into tram cars for transportation towards the nearest shaft. There it is transferred into skips and brought thousands of feet up to the surface. While it may seem that this would be the end of the journey, it has really just begun. Now the rock has to be moved to a stamp mill for processing – a complex that is often located miles from the …

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    The Trestle Brothers

    The Falls River is an aptly named ribbon of water which tumbles and cascades its way to Keweenaw Bay from the rugged foothills of the Huron Mountains. There are dozens of waterfalls along the route including four named falls – Powerhouse Falls, Lower Falls, Middle Falls, and Upper Falls. Of those named falls three all exist within a half mile stretch of the river near its mouth, nestled within a picturesque canyon running alongside the western outskirts of L’Anse. While impressive, its not the falls that brought our attention to this section of the tumbling river but instead the pair of high railroad …

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    And Not A Drop to Drink (p1)

    The Calumet Brewery out in Lakeview served the residents of the Red Jacket metropolis for a quarter of a century, a history of brewing that was not without its setbacks. In fact the Calumet Brewery once was known as the Miswald Brewery, back when it was owned and operated by a pair of brothers out of Ontonagon. The brothers, however, suffered from an incurable case of bad luck and would suffer not just one disastrous fire in their brewing career, but three. First their original brewery in Ontonagon was destroyed, then their beer depot in L’Anse was burned to the ground. Then …

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    CC Scrapbook: Missing in Action Edition

    Our look at the lost Milwaukee Hotel along Hancock’s Aztec-inspired Tezcuco Street got me inspired to take a look at a few more lost treasures of the Copper Country – buildings and places long gone before CCE had a chance to document them. Luckily there are many other copper country explorers out there, people like Tom Roberts who made sure to document the Copper Country’s history before it disappeared from view. Because of them we can still explore those lost treasures – insuring that they are never really lost as long as they live on here on the pages of …

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    Top 10 Most Iconic Copper Country WPA Projects

    While the Great Depression greatly effected the entire nation during the 1930s, the Copper Empire was especially hard hit. As copper prices plummeted, mine after mine was forced to shut their doors and lay off their workforce. At the Depression’s peak virtually every mine, mill, and smelter in the region had closed its doors resulting in thousands of workers finding themselves out of work and without pay – nearly three fourths of the region’s population. To help combat this problem,  State and Federal governments instituted a series of publicly funded work projects designed to provide much needed employment to those effected. These projects were administered and funded by a revolving …