Lac La Belle

    Jackson’s Park

    John Jackson was a Copper Country native, born in the booming mining town of Mohawk in 1901. After obtaining degrees in both Mining and Civil engineering at the Michigan College of Mines, Mr. Jackson went into the employ of unsurprisingly the Mohawk Mining Company. After the mine’s closure at the dawn of the Great Depression John acquired the position of Civil Engineer for the WPA in Keweenaw and Baraga Counties, and as such was involved with some of the region’s most prolific public projects including Brockway Mountain Drive and the scenic Superior fronting Lake Shore…
    Calumet

    The Lady in Red

    In order for a business to survive it obviously needs customers with money to spend and an inclination for doing so. Yet in an era before the advent of modern marketing, social media, and page views, businesses had very limited options when it came to getting noticed.  Even more problematic was those businesses attempting to get noticed in a city occupied largely by immigrants fresh from points all across the globe. These were people from a variety of backgrounds, education levels, literacy, and English proficiencies. In this environment advertising often took a different approach, one that utilized a…
    CCE Notes

    A Rest for the Weary

    Before the arrival of the railroad, travel across the sprawling mining lands of the Keweenaw was an arduous affair. For a time only a hodgepodge of trails and rough roads connected one mine to the next, most routes often impassible during the winter or spring months. It wasn’t until 1861 that the region would receive its first official stagecoach road – a project proposed and funded by the state to connect the Portage Lake mines and communities to the Keweenaw mines to the north. Known as the Mineral Range State Road this north-south wagon road provided direct…

      Supply Lines

      As we continue our fresh look at CCE’s earliest posts we stumble across our first exploration of one of the…

      A Walk Up Quincy Creek

      Earlier this month CCE quietly passed another milestone as it entered yet another year of copper country exploring after an incredible…

      The Alberta Visitor’s Center

      The small community of Alberta in Baraga County was not only a functioning industrial village, it was also an utopian…

      The Alberta Village

      Situated deep in the wilderness of Baraga County far removed from civilization lies an upper peninsula peculiarity. Its very existence defies convention,…

      A Visit with the Number Six

      The Quincy No.6 has been a regular staple on the pages of CCE, dating back to her first appearance in…

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