Month: December 2006

Copper Falls Mill

The Mill Foundation

The passing of over a century of time can do a lot to cover the ruins of men. Once the…
Copper Falls Mill

Where Once Was a Mill

a sandstone block sitting alone in the forest The adit here on the side of the hill was only a…
Copper Falls Mill

Anatomy of the Underground

The adit we discovered at Copper Falls in only part of a much larger labyrinth of tunnels and shafts that…
Copper Falls Mill

Atop an Adit

Hidden planks in the ground. Were these perhaps remains of a short rail line? Even after 150 years man’s presence…
Copper Falls Mill

Copper Falls

It was obvious that a stamp mill once existed along the edges of these sands. Knowing a thing or two…
Copper Falls Mill

From Marsh to Sands

the coarse and dark sands at Copper Falls Walking out on the sands at Copper Falls quickly became a surreal…
Copper Falls Mill

Beach without a Lake

from a high bluff, the stamp sands from the Copper Falls Mine seem to engulf the forest Taking the old…
Laurium

Prosperity to Ruin

a town now in ruin The prosperity of the Copper Country slowly died along with the industry that provided it,…
Laurium

First National Bank

Calumet and Laurium are geographical close enough to be considered one town but were light years apart in terms of…
Locations

Trash to Treasure

a trash heap at the Arcadian Mine containing items from an old restuarant If there is one thing of certainty…
Champion Mill

Smokestacks and Stamp Sands

As we leave the Champion Mill, we take one last look at the monument that sits along with it –…
Champion Mill

Concrete Walls and Trestles

the most prominent feature at the champion mill, the long concrete wall along the back wall of the mill as…
Champion Mill

Pillars

Exiting the pump house, we found ourselves facing a long line of concrete pillars stretching out ahead of us. There…
Champion Mill

Feeding the Thirst

Stamp mills required large amounts of water to operate, in the order of tens of millions of gallons a day.…
Champion Mill

Buddles?

The Champion Mill, like any mill on the Keweenaw, works to separate copper from the rock that entombs it. First,…
Champion Mill

The Big Picture

After making our way off the beach an atop the short ridge backing it, we had found ourselves at the…