Month: September 2006

Gratiot mine

The Rock Pile

the Gratiot Mine rock pile and Rockhouse It is a standard practice for us at Copper Country Explorer to climb…
Gratiot mine

Electric Revolution

the remains of a power pole at gratiot For over a century, steam was king in the Copper Country. Fed…
Gratiot mine

The Dry

remains of a drain cover sit on a concrete slab Mining was a very dirty occupation. Working underground, drilling holes…
Gratiot mine

A Shaft Building

Our experience with shafts from Osceola and elsewhere has given us a general idea of what to expect when we…
Gratiot mine

A Mine’s Remains

Copper mining across the Keweenaw shared a uniform approach toward surface infrastructure. Specifically, every mine across the copper country had…
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A Modern Ruin

the concrete remains of the gratiot rockhouse The concrete structure we approached was a more modern structure then what we…
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Three House Town

a forgotten fire hydrant in the field I remember the hidden town of Gratiot along US41 very well. Every time…
Industry

Behind the Dam

There are in actuality two dams on the Salmon Trout River. The first and older dam was built before the…
Industry

The Second Dam

There are actually two dams built on the Salmon Trout River. When there was but one stamp mill on the…
Industry

Into the Superstructure

looking down the concrete foundation under the dam As we quickly dropped down into the river gorge the roar of…
Industry

Steel Dams

Steel dams were an experiment in dam construction that had a very short life in the United States. Steel dams…
Industry

The Trestle

The side road that we had turned onto turned into a parking area for a historical marker that we found…
Industry

From the Road

The Keweenaw was a land tamed by steam. The rise of steam power in the nation corresponded with the rise…