a town now in ruin
The prosperity of the Copper Country slowly died along with the industry that provided it, until the bottom fell out with the closing of C&H in the late ’60s. While some towns – such as Houghton and Hancock – were able to meek out a life for decades after this calamity other towns were not so lucky. Laurium was not so lucky.
Once Laurium sported various large banks, a three story department store and much more. One by one these businesses left with the population that once supported them. Now, very little is left in Laurium – even most of the bars left. Instead, you find deteriorating building after building – most vacant and forgotten. Driving through town – as most people see Laurium – it doesn’t look too bad. But get out and take a stroll along the old forgotten buildings, and a much more dismal sight confronts you. Laurium tells a story known only too well; a tale of once proud and bustling communities forgotten and ignored by the people that once gave them life. A tale of prosperity to ruin in the Copper Country.
From the perspective of the First National Bank building featured yesterday, the upper floors of the State Savings Bank are seen boarded up
The once prestigeous entrance remains at the State Savings Bank, but the bank has long been replaced by a health clinic
A more modern appliance on a old building, the neon “police” sign at city hall offers a strange juxtaposition
Grand thinking on display – city hall in a village
Detailed ornamentation can still be found on the old buildings of Laurium, as with this detail here on the Marta Block Building
Another disintegrating gem in Laurium, the Marta Block is Jacobsville sandstone construction at its best
A closer look at the Marta Block. Its a shame that this building along the bank buildings have been allowed to ruin.
Remnants of an old sight on the side of a building in Laurium. A sign for a business that hasn’t been in business for probably over 50 years
Yes there was a Montgomery Wards in Laurium. This old sign is all that remains, now the building holds the Yard Sale resale shop