Month: October 2006

Industry

The Tunnel

The great expanse of stamp sands we currently were standing on, all originated from the Mohawk mill behind us. The…
Industry

The Barren Beach

It is a strangely off-worldly experience to step out from the stamp mill ruins and onto the barren landscape of…
Industry

The Fallen Hopper

Sitting among the scattered remains of the Mohawk Stamp Mill was a large concrete monolith. Apparently single block of concrete…
Industry

The Lower Level

the smokestack from the lower level As we neared the edge of the second level, we looked down across a…
Industry

The Second Level

the second level, as viewed from the third Stamps were large, heavy, and cumbersome pieces of equipment. Most mills only…
Industry

Stamps, Jigs, and Wifleys

The purpose of the Mohawk Mill – as with any stamp mill – was to separate the copper from the…
Industry

The Pump House

This first level we found ourselves on was devoid of much detail. Mostly a flat concrete surface, it was dotted…
Industry

The First Level

The monolithic Gay stack that stood impressively above our heads seemed to be on its own. Besides a cement “flu”…
Industry

Where Stamp Mills Roam

Getting the copper out from the underground is only the first step in the copper production process. The copper that…
Industry

The Smokestack

a monument to another time They stand tall and proud across the copper country landscape. Seemingly constructed as impressive monuments…
HCTC

Trolley in a Field

The boom years that occurred at the turn of the 19th century quickly transformed Calumet and the surrounding communities into…
Gratiot mine

Hoist Building Lineage

Through our explorations in the Copper Country, we have noticed various trends in mining technology, infrastructure, and building techniques. We…
Gratiot mine

From Inside the Hoist

An inside look at the Gratiot Hoist building in a 360 view from the hoist pedestal itself. Get the big…
Gratiot mine

Dark Tunnels

the basement tunnel to the hoist The identity of the mystery building yet to be determined, turned our attention back…
Gratiot mine

Ruin in the Trees

So here we were. We had found both the rockhouse, and the shaft building. We had also found the dry,…