Monthly Archives: December 2007

In Constant Flux…

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the remains of the Osceola Mill at Tamarack City Copper Country railroads are always changing, almost on a yearly basis. The boom and bust cycle of copper mining meant that railroads were built and abandoned almost as quickly. Large distances of harsh and unforgiving terrain made distance trains had to …

Water Tower

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Fire is always a concern at a mine, both underground and on the surface. Before 1900 most infrastructure built for a mine was built from wood; wood shaft houses, wood trestles, wood collar houses, and wood stamp mills. While a fire at a mine was rare, a fire in a …

The Arcadian Branch

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Everyone believed the Arcadian Mine was to be a great success. Investors clamored over each other to invest, newspapers proclaimed the new king of copper, and the Mineral Range drank it all up. To that end the railroad built a seven mile branch from the newly built Pt. Mills to …

Back to the Junction

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Today I’m feature a collection of old photos generously submitted by one of our readers – Gordy Our journey along the Mineral Range from Pt. Mills Junction ends not at the Arcadian Mine itself, but at Arcadia Junction a mile or so beyond. Here is where this Arcadian line joins …

A Typical Stack

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While there was very little left of the great Arcadian Mine when we had last visited, there were still some treasures to be found. The most notable was what you see above, a large poor rock and brick behemoth rising up from the ground apparently all by its self. How …

A Beautiful Failure

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For all of the Copper Country’s copper richness, the difference between success and failure was often a matter of feet. A lode that proves extremely rich to one company can prove helplessly bare to another only a few hundred feet away. But the bombastic success of mines such as C&H …

Pt. Mills Junction

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Most of you have passed by this large concrete abutment along M26 multiple time, as have I for over a decade before I finally decided to get a closer look. While its most recent use was as a large advertisement for the Arcadian Mine Tour (once run by the same …

Derailed? (p2)

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If your looking off into the woods when walking the old Q&TL grade just east of the roundhouse you are bound to find the wrecked tender sitting upside down. Its rather large and hard to miss. The second car that sits wrecked nearby is a little harder to find. We …

Derailed? (p1)

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Today we revisit a site we have been to previously – the Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad. This railroad served the Quincy Mine, running ore and coal up and down Quincy Hill from the mine to the mill on Torch Lake. We had walked along this old rail line over …