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  • NEW: A Rest for the Weary

    CCE takes a look at the old Phillips' Halfway House and the origins of the Village of Phillips - otherwise known as Phillipsville.

  • Supply Lines

    A decade ago CCE explored the remains of the Redridge Dam's supply lines, a post we revisit today.

  • A Walk Up Quincy Creek

    CCE is turns 11 and we dig back into the archives to revisit one of our early efforts...

  • The Alberta Visitor's Center

    Alberta wasn't just a community of workers, it was also an attraction for tourists to marvel at the wonders of industrialization.

  • The Alberta Village

    CCE explores an old worker town not built for the copper empire but instead for the far flung auto industry

  • Now in HD: Anatomy of an Engine House

    CCE takes one last look at the Mohawk No.6 Engine House, this time with the help of our crack team of illustrators...

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    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 vision manifested in wood and stone. For its creator – Henry Ford – it was the inevitable realization of an industrialist vision of the future. This was a community built, maintained, and nourished by nothing but industry itself. It was a community where its residents had good jobs, affordable housing, good schools for their children, and all the comforts of a modern world at their fingertips – all thanks to the miracle of industrialization. Thus while its sawmill did produce boards …

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    The Quincy Method (p3)

    Mining at its most basic level is nothing more than an exercise in transporting rock from one point to another. This process begins underground soon after the rock is blasted free from its subterrarian home as it is loaded into tram cars for transportation towards the nearest shaft. There it is transferred into skips and brought thousands of feet up to the surface. While it may seem that this would be the end of the journey, it has really just begun. Now the rock has to be moved to a stamp mill for processing – a complex that is often located miles from the …

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    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 2015. Yet the No.6 has an even longer history with the Copper Country, as she first arrived to the region over a century ago in the winter of 1912. She was the last steam engine to be purchased by the Quincy, and she was also its largest and most impressive. Her maker was the Baldwin Locomotive Works, her weight was over 56 tons and her skills included the ability to pull up to 40 fully loaded rock cars. Upon the mine’s …

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    And Not a Drop to Drink (p2)

    The tumultuous life and times of the brewery at Lakeview have created similarly tumultuous remains. Various additions, alterations, and the ramshackle toil of time have sculpted the old masonry structure into something hard to identify, categorize, or simplify. The Calumet Brewery is as an organic ruin as we have explored before, something that has morphed itself into the surrounding wilderness to become an integral part of the surrounding landscape. Large rooms of stone, doorways opening to the forest, orphaned walls and walls rising up from the brush – all just the same as the trees, brush, and swampy ground surrounding it. Its an …

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    Lost Hancock

    Our historic photographer Tom Roberts was quite the connoisseur of all things Hancock as most of the hundreds of his pictures I now have in my possession feature the old mining town and the mine that gave it birth. Those pictures span decades of time, from the 1960s up to the dawn of the 21st century. While a great deal of Tom’s pictures are of buildings and ruins that we still are familiar with today, a few showcase places that are no longer with us. Some of this missing items are places that I never even knew existed, places that have disappeared …

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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 doors resulting in thousands of workers finding themselves out of work and without pay – nearly three fourths of the region’s population. To help combat this problem,  State and Federal governments instituted a series of publicly funded work projects designed to provide much needed employment to those effected. These projects were administered and funded by a revolving …