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    Yet Another Hoist Foundation

    Another day another hoist foundation, that’s what I always say. These guys are like weeds, and everywhere I go I find myself stumbling across yet another one. In the old days (say about four years ago) these were rather exciting to find, especially large concrete types like the one we ...

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    The 400 Block (p1)

    Unlike the blocks to the west which remained heavily residential for most of Houghton’s early history, the 400 block established its commercial identity rather early thanks to several Houghton landmarks that took up residence here while the village was still young. The most influential of these was probably Miller’s Hotel, ...

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    The Rails that Remain (p2)

    For a transportation system that could only operate over rails, railroads were incredibly dynamic. In the case of C&H, the miles of tracks on which its train ran were constantly rearranged and rerouted in response to the companies ever changing needs. As new shafts opened, new spur lines were quickly ...

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    The Addition

    the Quincy Mill addition, image courtesy HAER, American Memory Collection, Library of Congress The scope of the Quincy Mine operation is quickly illustrated by the continued expansion the Quincy Mill undertook at the end of the 19th century. At first Quincy built one mill here at the banks of Torch ...

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    The Quarry Dock

    The great Copper Empire that once ruled the Keweenaw’s shores may have been figuratively built of copper, but it was literally built of another material mined from the peninsula – sandstone. For the last third of the nineteenth century this iron-stained stone was all the rage, and to meet demand ...

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    Scrapbook Friday: Postcard Edition (p2)

    Another Scrapbook Friday brings another round of postcards from reader Paul Petosky (thanks again Paul!). This time we take a look down a few main streets in cities and towns all across the peninsula. There’s some good stuff here, but my favorite has to be the beautiful view of downtown ...

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    Anatomy of a Steel Dam (p1)

    Steel dam construction was flirted with only temporarily at the turn of the century, a time which the Redridge Dam owes for its existence. By 1900 the wood crib dam that had been built on the Salmon Trout River to supply water to the nearby Atlantic Mill had proved inadequate ...

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