Monthly Archives: April 2009

A Den of Steam Engines…

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Trimountain No. 3 – the ruins of which we were currently exploring – had an interesting layout for its surface plant. Instead of a collection of individual buildings housing the mine’s compressors, hoist and boilers; the shaft utilized one large building that contained all three. The result today is a …

Another Trimountain Boiler House

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After our discovery of the concrete stack at No. 3 we knew that the boiler house ruins would not be too far away. Near the base of the stack was a collection of concrete remains which looked to have once been the stack’s flue. We follow them a short distance …

A Lone Stack

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Making our way back uphill to the No.2 surface plant (which we have visited previously HERE), we decided to once again climb its massive rock pile and take a look around. From the top we were greeted to a sweeping panorama of fall brilliance. Ahead of us – piercing through …

A Short Trestle

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Leaving the boiler house remains behind, we took a stroll through the forest in search of the old rail bed that we initially used to find this shaft location. It wasn’t long until we found a short ridge running along a straight line through the woods. Climbing to the top …

Now Available: The Copper Empire (Vol I)

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Over the course of human existence there has been several great empires that have left their mark on the civilized world. These empires managed to rise from nothing to become revered the world over, only to crumble to ruin almost as quickly. In the process these great civilizations left their …

Trimountain Boiler House

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After leaving the hoist ruins behind at Trimountain No.1, we turned our attention towards finding the next piece in the puzzle – the boiler house. It was from within this building that the steam used by the hoisting engine was produced. Since both buildings would have been connected by a …

Arches and Sandstone

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A hoist was simply a tool. The building which housed it – shelter. The existence of both were strictly functional, their purpose was simply to make money for the company. The hoist and its house were never intended as art, or as some great monuments to the past. But here …

Trimountain No.1

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Of all the mines that had sunk shafts into the great Baltic Lode, the Trimountain could be considered the ugly ducking of the bunch. Besieged by mismanagement and difficult geography the mine was never able to fully take advantage of the copper bounty below its feet. From its establishment in …

Central Salt Box

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The vast majority of housing established across the peninsula was built by mine companies for the housing of their workforce, a necessary expense considering the remoteness of the region. Companies would keep costs as low as they could, utilizing very simple and open layouts. For the Central Mine this meant …

The Evolution of Torch Lake

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Recently I received in my inbox a very interesting USGS aerial photo from 1955 featuring the southern end of Torch Lake. What made this photo so interesting was not so much when it was taken, but what it captured – dredges. In fact it captures all three – one from …

An Episcopal Church

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Before the specter of unionization raised its ugly head , C&H’s major labor problem was one of quality. With thousands of immigrants arriving to the region, finding help wasn’t much of a problem. Finding quality help, however, was another story altogether. Those young and ambitious men who would cause ruckus …

Yet Another Sandstone Church

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After studying the topic of Copper Country churches a few months back I came to a stark generalization based on their construction – the Catholics were rich while the Lutherans were not-so-much. This isn’t in any way meant to disparage the religions themselves, but only to illustrate the difference in …

Welcome to the New CCE

First of all I would like to thank all of you for your patience during the last few weeks as I raced to finish the new site in time (I was only about 20 minutes late - not bad). It was a lot of work and more then a few late nights recently but the new site has finally arrived. But there's more changes yet to come, as I began writing the site's new daily content and start in CCE's new direction. More about that new direction later, for right now I thought I'd give a little tour of the site's new (and not so new) features. Let's begin...