Monthly Archives: April 2009

A Den of Steam Engines…


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 ... More »

A Lone Stack


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 ... More »

A Short Trestle


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 ... More »

Now Available: The Copper Empire (Vol I)

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 mark on the history of man as well as on the land they once inhabited. Over the course of the last three years I have come to recognize yet another of these great civilizations right here along the shores of the Keweenaw - the great Copper Empire. More »

Arches and Sandstone


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, ... More »

Trimountain No.1


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 ... More »

Central Salt Box


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 ... More »

An Episcopal Church


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 ... More »

Yet Another Sandstone Church


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 ... More »

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... More »