Monthly Archives: March 2007

Pewabic and 3rd

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Today we start another feature here at Explorer: Then and Now. While our exploration journals take a look at the past through the ruins that remain, and Copper Country Window takes a look at the area today, Then and Now will attempt to connect the two – past and present. …

The Spillway

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Flood waters pose a serious threat to most dams steel or otherwise. Dams are built with a specific load limit and water height in mind, and once that is exceeded the dams fate becomes perilous. The other steel dams of its time were designed so that those flood waters would …

A New Danger

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The dangers that a spring thaw once meant for the Redridge dam included the possibility of a dangerous over-topping. The water level in the reservoir would get so high as to flow over the top of the superstructure itself, spilling down onto the dam’s foundation and threatening to wash away …

Supply Lines

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As we continue our fresh look at CCE’s earliest posts we stumble across our first exploration of one of the Keweenaw’s most impressive and popular ruins. That is of course the Redridge Dam, a steel monstrosity rising up across the Salmon-Trout River gorge in Redridge. Its an incredible piece of …

City in the Woods

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On some maps it doesn’t exist at all, on others it is simply an afterthought dot on a nameless road. Driving along that road yourself you pass a sign that proclaims “Senter”, but see very little that seems to legitimize the claim. Quickly you pass a collection of rotting and …

Garden City Way

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An old poor rock pile found along Garden City road near Eagle River Somewhere along Garden City Road (and presumably near Garden City Pond) should be the ruins of the Garden City Mine. It was our hopes to find these ruins during a drive along the old road early in …

In the Way

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the half-demolished remains of the hoist house, as seen from the nearby landfill The mysteries of the inside solved, we turned our attention back outside. This was only the rear addition to a much larger building, at least what was once a much larger building. We follow the north wall …

The Details

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Not a steam engine When we first entered the hoist building at Centennial, we had thought that we had found two steam engines. Everything we found seemed to back up our assumption. A large pipe entered the building from the outside, for steam most likely. These lines continued inside the …

A Look Inside

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As we stepped through the door to the Hoist building at Centennial, we felt like we stepping into a post apocalyptic ruin. Almost everything seemed to have been left exactly as it was a half century ago, like the workers simply left at the end of the day but never …

A Monument in the Trees

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Centennial Mine, as seen from the Copper Range Line As the Copper Range railroad turns north from Calumet and heads out to the mines along the Allouez gap, it first passes by the town and mine at Centennial. As we follow the same route today – now a snowmobile trail …

Two Mines in One

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a road sits on a large rock pile which fills in an old valley on top of the cliffs Moving away from the cliff face we walked deeper into the woods until coming across a small road cutting through the woods. We followed it around a corner and came to …

Along The Cliffs

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the shaft(s) atop the cliff at the Cliff Mine, as seen here in this early photo. The rock pile seen in the photo can still be seen today. Most of the buildings, however, have long since disapeared The Cliff Range was home to many mines, one of which was the …

Hidden (p2)

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Standing next to the smokestack sat another centuries old ruin – this one the boiler house that once fed it Sitting directly next door to the 150 year old smokestack, sat a 150 year old free standing wall also made from poor rock. This was part of a larger ruin …

Hidden

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hidden in the trees, another ruin to discover We had passed by it at least a dozen times during our explorations – yet never saw it. We almost didn’t see it this time either, if I hadn’t of been looking in it’s direction. It sat along the main trail up …

Buried by Time

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yet another ruin, hidden in the trees and almost buried by the rock pile It was from our poor rock pile perch that we discovered yet another ruin at North Kearsarge. This one was at our feet, literally. Down below us, snuggled up against the east face of the pile …

Another Look

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Revisiting a classic view from the fall – click on image to view panoramic Climbing the pile proved a little difficult, but after some slipping and sliding we made it to the top. The pile stretched out ahead of us in a single long line out into the gap. Beyond …

Along the Way…

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another find on the way to the top of the rock pile The poor rock pile at North Kearsarge was massive – easily one of the largest we have been to. Climbing it here, near the dry, was close to impossible. The pile rose like a giant wall at too …