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    Coal Delivery

    the approach to a trestle at North Kearsarge used to deliver coal to the boiler house In order to feed the mining hoists with steam, boilers required large amounts of fuel. Normally this would come in the form of coal, but for the Copper Country’s early years coal was a ...

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    The 500 Block (p2)

    Along the north side of Shelden’s 500 block stand just four buildings, all but one of which can be seen in the old photo above. The first of these building’s – the Hartman Block – we’ve already covered and sits just off frame to the left. At the far end ...

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    A Trolley Ride (p6)

    The Lake Linden Branch was first proposed by the Houghton Country Street Railway Company in 1901, used as a bargaining chip in its attempt to acquire franchise rights through Laurium’s public thoroughfares. The ploy worked, but the line itself wouldn’t come to fruition for another two years. By then Torch ...

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    Floors and Ceilings

    looking up the old skylight of the Quincy Mill – almost a century since the glass was first installed Taking a ginger walk up the concrete stairway up to the second level of the Quincy Mill addition brought us to another room very similar to the first. Only the entire ...

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    Anatomy of a Mill (Rock Bins)

    The first stop for any rock entering a Copper Country stamp mill is one of several large storage bins that sit up and behind the mill’s stamp batteries. Since the rock will be transported through the mill primarily by gravity, these bins sit at the highest point of the mill ...

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