Monthly Archives: June 2007

Powder House

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Sitting uncomfortably close to the Central School and nestled between a pair of rocky cliffs lies the Central Mines powder house. In this building was stored the mine’s supply of black powder, placed a safe distance away from the mine and town. The building is designed from the ground up …

Bricks and Stone

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If you follow one of the trails near the visitors center, you find yourself hiking up the steep bluff above the town to a simple sign in the woods. Although there isn’t much left to show for it, here once stood the old Central School. Like all mine locations, skilled …

Central Church

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the lone church at Central, built for the Cornish by the Cornish Central, like all other mining towns along the Keweenaw, were populated by peoples from all across Europe and Great Britain. A substantial part of Central’s inhabitants were Irish and German, and the highest percentage were Cornish. Mining was …

Visitor’s Center

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the new visitors center and miner’s house at Central For many decades Central simply sat and decayed. Building after building was abandoned, and year after year the heavy snows did their work brining them down. Besides a few summertime residents, the town of over a thousand became a town of …

A Ghost Town No More

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Even decades after its closure, the size and scope of a once thriving settlement can easily be seen In 1854 a mine was opened on a fissure deposit of copper atop a craggy bluff overlooking the East Branch of the Eagle River. Like most mines begun along the Keweenaw it …

A Collection of Ruins

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The Trimountain as it looked during operation, a more expansive surface plant then we were originally prepared for As we branch out our exploration away from the hoist and shaft ruins, we quickly discovered that we had stumbled across an expansive operation. Atop hills, along the side of hills, down …

Building a Hoist Foundation

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We have seen a great deal of hoist foundation remains in our travels. As is the case with most copper mining infrastructure, they all tend to follow a similar design. The hoist we found at Trimountain was no different, complete with threaded rods and red brick. But what Trimountain offered …

One Frosty Morning

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a rare trip to the south range While circumstances continue to keep us from exploring, I’ll take another trip to the archives for today’s post. I have had many requests to feature more sights from along the southern range of the Copper Country, more specifically the mines of the Copper …

South of Kearsarge

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a large pile of sandstone at the South Kearsarge Its been a very busy few weeks, and we haven’t gotten out as much to explore the copper country. The result of such scarce exploration has resulted in a scarcity in photos and adventures to tell of here. So to help …

Yet Another Mystery

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Before we leave the Hecla and South Hecla Mine, I would like to share one last mystery in a long line of many here. As stated before, because of the shared hoists that this mine utilized it didn’t follow the usual mine ruin pattern. Most notably this meant no hoist …

A South Hecla Hoist

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in the shadow of Osceola #13, lies the shafts of South Hecla Since passing Hecla No. 8, we had officially crossed from the Hecla Mine to the South Hecla Mine. Here were the last four shafts along the Calumet Conglomerate ending on the northern border of lands owned by the …

From Engine to Shaft

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a structure designed to divert power from the steam engine to the shaft While many mines across the Copper Country held to the same standard of pairing one hoist to one shaft, C&H took a different approach. Instead of scattering a collection of small steam engines dedicated to specific tasks …

Found Along the Road

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looking down Mine Street towards the north, and the industrial complex of the late C&H Mine Street was the center of the universe for over a century in the Copper Country, for along its length sat one of the greatest copper mines in the world. At its height over 17 …

Another Hecla Shaft

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the newly updated No. 6 (larger building on the right) and old headframe for No. 7 (bottom middle) along Mine Street at the Hecla Mine The mine known as Hecla consisted of 8 shafts. Shafts 1-5 lined up along Mine street from Red Jacket Road south to Agent Street (Swedetown …

A Hecla Shaft

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remains of a Hecla Mine The greatest copper mine in the Copper Country (and probably the world) was born from pure happenstance. While surveying the military road running between Fort Wilkins at Copper Harbor and Fort Atkinson in central Wisconsin, a man by the name of Hulbert stumbled across a …

Rebirth of the Union

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At the very head of 5th street and the start of Calumet’s business district sits the Union building. Built in 1889 on land donated by C&H, this brick and sandstone building signified the goodwill between the company and its people. Its purpose was to serve Calumet’s many secret societies and …

From Our Readers…

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a sight seen by many… Probably the best thing that has come out of my experience with Explorer has been the contact with other people who share the same passion and curiosity about the Copper Country as I do. I am not the first to explore this haunted landscape and …