Monthly Archives: November 2008

The Curious Case of Baltic No. 2

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The first shaft sunk along the Baltic Lode was sunk at the wrong angle, and quickly passed through the lode and into trap rock. It turned out that the Baltic was the steepest lode along the Keweenaw, dropping down into the earth at an angle which was nearly vertical – …

Along the Copper Range at Baltic

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The Baltic Mine first begun its life around 1897, spending two decades as an independent mine before being absorbed by Copper Range in 1917. During that time the mine was served by a branch of the Atlantic and Lake Superior Railroad, which transported the mine’s rock to the nearby Atlantic …

St. John’s Church

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As representatives of a a minority ethnicity, the Croatians first joined with the Slovenians to establish the St. Joseph’s parish in the late 1800’s. But as their numbers grew, the Croatians were able to leave St. Joseph’s and build their own church a block away named for the man who …

St. Mary’s Church

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While the soaring spires of St. Joseph’s and St. Anne’s dominated Calumet’s skyline, a third Catholic parish sat in relative obscurity on the city’s south-west end. Unlike its more elaborate brethren, this small sandstone structure blends quietly into it’s surroundings and even today is hardly noticed by neither locals or …

St. Anne’s Church

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The great metropolis of Red Jacket was growing dramatically at the dawn of the 20th century as it became home to thousands of immigrants arriving to the region from all across the world. These new arrivals were aliens to an alien world, and would often seek out others who shared …

St. Joseph’s (St. Paul’s) Church

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The Slovenians that immigrated to the Copper Country in the mid to late 19th century hailed from the South Slavic Region previously ruled by Austria before the first World War. One of the first Slovenians to call the Keweenaw home was Frederick Baraga (the Snowshoe Priest, as he’s often called) …

The Churches of Calumet

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St. Anthony’s Church, one of six Catholic Parishes in Calumet The Keweenaw Peninsula attracted immigrants from all across the globe who were looking for their own piece of the American Dream in the deep underground of the Copper Country. Once they arrived, these immigrants found themselves in a world in …