• NEW: The Lands of the Phoenix (p2)

    CCE finishes up its tour of the old mining town of Phoenix, this time with a closer look at its industrial core.

  • The Lands of the Phoenix (p1)

    CCE explores the history and heritage of the old mining town of Phoenix - as it once was and as it is today.

  • A Note of Thanks...

    Thank you readers for your generous support!

  • Vaughnville and Robbins

    We continue along the Cliff Range, exploring the remnants of two of the area's more obscure settlements.

  • The Cliff Range

    We take an overview look at the Keweenaw's famous Cliff Range, and began to explore the mines and mining towns found along its southern end.

  • In Honor of Verna

    CCE explores Houghton's forgotten park - one dedicated in honor of a local environmentalist activist.

  • DHH

    We return to our old Alma Mater to take a closer looks at its original residence hall - Douglass Houghton Hall.

  • Making Memories with CCE

    A look back at CCE's past and come of my fellow explorers.

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    A Shaft Building

    Our experience with shafts from Osceola and elsewhere has given us a general idea of what to expect when we find one. Generally they are marked with a barbwire fence, either on old rotten wood posts or rusty steel stakes. Inside the usually failing and fallen fence is a large ...

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    The Gay School (p2)

    For the several hundred students who once attended the school in Gay, this would be their first view of their educational day. Morning bell brought kids through this main door, providing egress into the building they would spend the next 8 hours of their day. Though picturesque today, a century ago ...

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    Mystery Mark

    We have seen our fair share of graffiti on the ruins and relics of the Keweenaw. But after a few hours along the Quincy and Torch Lake we found a recurring mark on the relics we were finding which begged further explanation then simple graffiti. Both the upside down tender ...

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    A Stroke of Bad Luck

    Before the copper-rich lodes of the peninsula’s interior had been discovered, early Copper Country mines had to deal with the far less predictable fissure deposits found along the peninsula’s northern reaches. These were highly hit or miss prospects, and even if copper was initially found, finding enough to provide a mine ...

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    A Different Perspective

    Several years ago I received an email from a reader who had sent me a remarkably detailed drawing of the Ahmeek No.2 surface plant, a ruin I had just finished exploring on CCE. The drawing was something I had always wished I could produce myself, a detailed rendition of the ...

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    Anatomy of the Underground

    The adit we discovered at Copper Falls in only part of a much larger labyrinth of tunnels and shafts that comprise a Copper Country mine. The copper rich rock that mines sought were localized and concentrated into areas called lodes. Due to the geological forces that shaped the Keweenaw, copper ...

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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 ...

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