CCE Notes

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.

It was from along the remote wilderness of this rugged peninsula that one of the country’s most powerful industrial civilizations arose. For nearly a century it reigned supreme as one of the greatest copper mining districts in the world before it too – like all the other great empires before it – crumbled to ruin and obscurity. Today only the ruins of those mines and mills remain to remind us of the men and women who once toiled – and often died – in the pursuit of copper riches. Those ruins also serve as clues to the great civilization that was, and provide a glimpse of the size and scope of the great empire that once reigned over these lands.

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The Copper Empire (Volume 1) is perhaps the most comprehensive and detailed set of maps ever created showcasing this great copper empire in its prime. The maps were compiled from a collection of primary sources with historical information including Sanborn Insurance Maps™, USGS topographic maps, historic nautical charts, and old platt books as well as from a variety of on-line sources and over three years of explorations on the ground. The result is a compilation of over 50 full-page maps detailing every major mine, mill and rail-line that ever existed along the Keweenaw – a complete guide to the Copper Empire in its prime.

The Copper Empire (Volume 1) is concentrated along a 26 mile stretch of the Copper Range lying between Painesdale and Mohawk, divided up into 20 individual region maps centered around specific towns and mine locations. Each map consists of a current surface map overlaid with the historic rail lines, roads, and shaft locations that once existed in its place. These maps are drawn to an identical scale and include section lines, numbers, and township/range identifications. VIEW REGION MAP SAMPLE >

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Along with the twenty region maps are a set of 30 close-up maps which provide surface plant details for more than 37 individual mines and mills. These maps label not only the individual shaft locations themselves, but also the supporting structures such as hoist buildings, boiler houses, dry houses, and machine shops. These maps also label nearby public buildings such as schools, churches, and hotels. Along with the mines and mills, the close-up maps also provide detailed views of various industrial areas including the Houghton, Hancock, and Dollar Bay waterfronts. VIEW CLOSE-UP MAP SAMPLE >

The Copper Empire (Volume 1) is available in two formats, either as a PDF format E-Book or printed spiral bound version.

The 61-page E-Book download in cross platform compatible PDF format. (Requires a free PDF reader to view, such as Adobe’s Acrobat Reader) Each map in the set is drawn at high resolution (300 DPI) and can be enlarged to over 400% for easy viewing. The E-book version is $12.95.

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The Copper Empire (Volume 1) *Printed Version* is printed in black and white on spiral bound 8.5×11 paper with soft cover. The printed version is $16.95 plus S&H.

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  1. This has to be the best money that I have spent in YEARS. I’m modeling the Copper Range and this is simply great. Now my question is do you have anything south of Painesdale along the CR?

  2. Mark, have you checked out Kevin Musser’s site about the Copper Range RR? Tons of good info about it on there.

    I’m going to be doing an N-scale model (space constraints) of either the Q&TL or Mineral Range. Still trying to figure out which.

    I’d love to see some pics of your setup!!!

  3. Mark – thanks for the compliment and I’m glad you enjoyed! Unfortunately I had to stop somewhere so I picked Painesdale. As for more CR lines you’ll have to wait for Volume III (or Volume II, depending on the order I pick).

    Gordy – I got two more volumes planned which detail the regions to the north and south of what Volume I features. Tentatively Vol II will be the area north of Mohawk (Cliff to Copper Harbor), with Vol III being everything to the south of Painesdale (from the Globe Mine to Norwich).

    It all depends on how successful this volume is first. That is if its worth the time to spend another few months on a second volume.

  4. I will be looking forward to the next volumes, and for Jay I have looked at the late Kevin Mussers site. The info that I’m looking for is not there.

  5. excellllllllent!!
    i’ll hold off though, til the print version comes out.
    i am old fashioned ;)

    now it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump to that full-size coffee table book i suggested a couple years back!

    course, you might not have high enough res. pics for that…?

  6. adam… I have a feeling others are in the same boat as you and would rather have a printed version. A couple more weeks…

    And as far as the coffee table book, I’m actually working on something similar this summer. No idea when that will come out though, and that’s all the tease you’ll get.

    dcclark – thanks! In all actuality by the time I got to the cover I just wanted to get the whole thing over with so I went as simple as I could. Guess it paid off!

    And to all who ordered – thank you very much for your continued support of me and this website. Its very much appreciated. Hopefully the maps will come in handy!

  7. Mike, I’m one of the old fashioned guys waiting for the print version. Can’t wait! And I’ll throw my vote in for volume II heading northeast, where it all began. And sign me up for the coffee table volume; I may even buy a coffee table for it! :)

  8. Here I thought the digital file of the thing would be more exciting what with the ability to enlarge it on screen, and cut and paste, and print your own sections from it…..Hmmm

  9. I’m ready to pull the trigger….and the printed version will be available _________. Thanks Mike and LOVE the new site….well done!

  10. To everyone awaiting the printed version of the maps, they’ll be available by the end of the month. We had to change our printing strategy at the last minute so It’ll take some time for use to get the copies. Once we do I’ll throw up a post announcing their availability.

    Thanks for your continued interest, and hopefully it will just be a week or two more….

  11. Just downloaded. What a treat ! Thank you. Your website is absolutely wonderful.

    I have visited the Kewenaw on a few occasions, winter and summer, and just can’t get enough of it.

  12. Thanks Colin for your support, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the maps. Hopefully it will make your future trips to the region even more enjoyable!

  13. I am looking forward to Volume 2. I have an interest in the earlier mines, especially Central Mine, Copper Falls Mine and nearby locations. Please put me on your mailing list and let me know when Vol. 2 becomes

  14. Kenneth…

    If all goes well I should start working on the second volume this fall, with its completion set for Christmas time if I can muster it. I’ll be sure to drop you a note when its out!

  15. *drool* Being able to see more about those oldest mines would be amazing! So much has been lost (to progress, or even just to the wilderness) in that area that it’s hard to get a sense of what was where. I’m looking forward to it…

  16. I received my hard copy book of the maps and am thrilled to add it to my growing collection of Copper Country books.


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