Monthly Archives: June 2009

Sitting Atop a Rock Pile

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Sitting all alone up there it seems out-of-place and perhaps even lost. But there it was, a concrete footing smack dab in the center of the Baltic No. 2’s massive poor rock pile. Why it was up here we weren’t exactly sure, it was the first time we found anything …

Stop Sign

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Love this old-style stop sign found at the corner of 7th and Scott in Calumet. If you look close you’ll see others scattered about the city. I don’t know hold old these are, but they look to be built from a stamped piece of metal instead of wood like you …

The Rails that Remain (p2)

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For a transportation system that could only operate over rails, railroads were incredibly dynamic. In the case of C&H, the miles of tracks on which its train ran were constantly rearranged and rerouted in response to the companies ever changing needs. As new shafts opened, new spur lines were quickly …

The Rails that Remain (p1)

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Nestled between the towns of Calumet and Laurium lies a narrow strip of land some two miles in length on which was built the largest industrial complex the Keweenaw has ever known – the C&H surface plant. Built to serve the great Calumet Conglomerate lode which sat just below the …

Guest Post: Superior No.1

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From its earliest conception I had always envisioned CCE as a community gathering spot, where fellow Copper Country explorers could share information and swap stories about their own explorations. Towards that end I have had an open policy when it came to guest contributions – if you have any adventures, …

Scrapbook VIII

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Its that time of the month once again when we take a look at all the interesting things I find in my inbox from other copper country enthusiasts. Lately most of that has arrived from Bruce Groeneveld, who has had the fortune of exploring the copper country when most of …

Sandstone Quarries of the Keweenaw (p2)

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The Kerber-Jacobs Redstone Quarry John Jacobs received a healthy pay check from the sale of his interests in the Portage Entry Quarries, money he subsequently turned towards the establishment of yet another Keweenaw quarry. The year was 1892 and the sandstone market was at its prime. Jacobs – along with …

Sandstone Quarries of the Keweenaw (p1)

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Sandstone cliffs near Jacobsville While the Keweenaw may be best known for its vast treasures of red metal, it was also once briefly home to yet another mining boom – in sandstone. It was in 1861 that a man by the name of George Craig first discovered the peninsula’s stone …

The Copper Empire in Print…

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It has been a more complicated process then we had first hoped, but after a series of delays we’re happy to be able to report that the Copper Empire Vol I is now available for purchase in printed form. Now you can choose between a downloadable (and printable) eBook OR …

Mystery Ruins at Tamarack

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Note to my readers: I’d like to apologize for my lack of posting as of late. I unfortunately caught a stubborn cold/flu/sinus infection that has put me out of action for a while. In the effort to fight the thing I’ve sacrificed some posting here on the site in exchange …