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    CCE tours some old schools of the Copper Country, via a collection of turn-of-the-century postcards.

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    CCE explores the masonry Gothic masterpiece that is Calumet's St. Anne's Church.

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    Explore Laurium's old Commercial School, housed in this quaint sandstone building known as the Contralto Block.

  • NEW: The Quincy Method (p4)

    We wrap up our in-depth tour of the Quincy No.2 Shaft/Rockhouse, this time taking a closer look at the building's shafthouse portion.

  • The Quincy Method (p3)

    More Quincy No.2 Shaft/Rockhouse goodness, this time with a look at the various storage silos and rail spurs that line its base.

  • The Quincy Method (p2)

    Diving into the belly of the beast CCE takes a detailed look at the machines and men processing the copper rock at the Quincy. No.2 Shaft/Rockhouse

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    Inside the Union Building

    Before the arrival of the digital age and the virtual social institutions like Facebook and Google that accompany it, people were reliant on much more pedestrian venues for such social interaction; traditional bricks and mortar establishments with a physical presence in the communities they served. The most famous of these institutions was of course the church, but there was another. This was the fraternal organization. With names like Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ancient Order of Hiberians, and Daughters of Rebekah, these social groups often shared similar interests and beliefs, and partook in highly traditional and ritualized …

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    A Dry Built of Sandstone

    During my work with the Keweenaw Heritage Center in preparation for next year’s sandstone exhibit we had noted an odd lack of the red stone when it came to the buildings erected by C&H for its own mine. It seemed odd because C&H actually owned its own quarry at Incline, just up the hill from their mills at Lake Linden. But that conclusion was a bit premature, considering a simple look back at the CCE archives revealed at least three still intact structures that had been built of sandstone by the great mine. One of those is the Superior Boiler …

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    Another Houghton Depot

    When the Marquette, Houghton and Ontonagon Railroad arrived to Houghton around 1883 the line’s terminus was at the eastern outskirts of the city, several blocks distant from downtown. This small wood-framed structure sat along the line at the MH&O’s main rail yard at the base of the hill along College Avenue. When the Duluth South Shore and Atlantic Railroad bought up the MH&O the depot would become known as the DSS&A depot. For a time this was the city’s only rail depot, until the rail bridge was completed and the Mineral Range brought its line into the city. Unlike the …

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    Where Stamp Mills Roam

    Getting the copper out from the underground is only the first step in the copper production process. The copper that leaves the mine is encased in a tomb of igneous rock, which needs to be removed. This process is carried out at the stamp mill. Copper rock removed from mines was shipped to numerous stamp mills scattered across the Keweenaw. Each mine would have it’s own stamp mill, such as the Mohawk Mill at Gay. the quincy mill site on torch lake (courtesy HAER, Library of Congress) These mills couldn’t just be built anywhere. If they could, most mines would …

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    Scrapbook Fridays: Inbox Edition (The Sequel)

    It’s been more then a month since we’ve last delved into the old CCE mailbag but I’ve finally put together another collection of great photos submitted to CCE from its readers and fellow Copper Country Explorers. Our first picture is an oldie but goodie, taken at the dawn of the Great Depression. The town in the background is Eagle River, and the white expanse in the foreground is the frozen waters of Lake Superior. The photo was taken by Verona Kline, the people being her parents John J & Margaret Kline and her brother Jon. The photo was sent to me by …

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    Top 10 Railroad Remains of the Copper Empire

    Its time once again for yet another installment of CCE’s Copper Country Top 10 list. With yesterday’s post detailing a few old railroad remnants found at the Quincy Mine, I thought it would be good to take a look at a few other great old railroad remnants to be found across the old Copper Empire. For today’s list I considered the most impressive, iconic, and awe inspiring railroad remnants CCE has explored. This is by far not a definitive list to all the Copper Empire has to offer, as there are a great many more to be found scattered across the old copper mining …