Month: June 2008

Atlas Powder Company

The Shell House (p1)

During World War II most civilian explosives plants across the country were drafted into military service, producing explosive shells and…
Atlas Powder Company

Where Nitro and Dope Become One

After the nitro has been created and neutralized the next step in the dynamite production process is to mix the…
Atlas Powder Company

A Walk For the Angels

After being neutralized at the Store House, the nitro had to be then sent on to the Mix House, where…
Atlas Powder Company

The Store House

After the nitro was manufactured at the NG House, it was sent down along a rubber lined trough down to…
Atlas Powder Company

Where Nitroglycerin is Made

The inherent danger in explosive making can not be overstated; nitroglycerin – the explosive agent in dynamite – is extremely…
Atlas Powder Company

The Power Plant

Of course being so far removed from the rest of Copper Country civilization insured that the Atlas Plant had to…
Atlas Powder Company

Warehouse Row

Though used as a commuter train for Atlas employees, the Copper Range trains also delivered the wide range of exotic…
Atlas Powder Company

In a Place with No Roads

The mine’s of the Copper Country were generally self-reliant except for three things which they could not find along the…
Calumet

The Calumet Depot

The first Calumet depot wasn’t in Calumet at all, but instead sat a good distance down the road in neighboring Hecla…
Cliff Mine

A Cliff Ruin Map

The Cliff Mine is probably the most explored ruins in the Keweenaw, for good reason. The sheer awe of finding…
Cliff Mine

Drifts and Shafts

In the Cliff’s infancy almost all the ground was opened up through a series of drifts that had been driven…
Cliff Mine

A Hoist and Boiler

The Cliff may have been the first successful copper mine in the district, but it didn’t happen without a few…
Cliff Mill

The Cliff Stamp Mill

The Cliff Mine, several decades after closing The Pittsburgh and Boston Company had the distinction of sinking the very first…
Mines

A Fallen Stack

With the hoist and compressor foundations thoroughly investigated, we turned our attention to find the source of their energy –…