Monthly Archives: July 2009

Happy Birthday to CCE – with Video!

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The first photo on CCE, published on July 31 2006 Today marks the third anniversary of CCE, which had its first post on this date back in 2006. On such an occasion as this I always like to show my appreciation to you – my readers. I don’t have a …

Main Street Eagle River

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Eagle River was born out of the massive land holdings of the Phoenix Mine, platted by the mine in 1855. Though created by the Phoenix Mine, it was the runaway success of the nearby Cliff Mine that allowed the village to prosper. The first industrial structures built at the village …

Remains of the Phoenix

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Arising from the ashes of the late Lake Superior Copper Company rose the Phoenix Mine, a company that quickly found itself in need of money. To quickly raise some of the needed funds the new mine company sold off a good deal of its land holdings near the mouth of …

Another Powder House

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Now that we have a vehicle that can more readily travel along the old roads near Copper Harbor we took a trip down an old road near the Clark Mine in search of the old mine’s powder house. The road is marked on maps as “Powderhouse Road”, so I had …

Red Jacket Fire Hall (p2)

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Sandstone was not a cheap building material, especially when it came to the finely cut deep red stones used in a building’s street facing facade. In order to cut costs architects would utilize stones of a rougher cut and duller color on the rest of the building’s walls, specially walls …

Red Jacket Fire Hall (p1)

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Red Jacket’s first fire hall was built in 1875 in response to a disastrous fire that had destroyed most of the fledging town five years earlier. Quickly the town rebuilt, and within a few decades had grown into the region’s premier metropolitan area. With thousands of more residents and hundreds …

A Ruin With No Name

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After spending a good few hours trudging up along the river to find very little, it was becoming a ruin extravaganza here at the old Phoenix Mill site. First it was the old boiler, then the foundations to the mill itself, and then the stone walls of the mill’s boiler …

Even More Walls…

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After our encounter with the previous series of stone walls littered along the banks of the Eagle River we were surprised to discover that we weren’t finished with the old mill ruins just yet. Just a short distance away we found yet another set of rock walls. These sat further …

A Mill’s Remains

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The discovery of the boiler indicated the rest of the old Phoenix mill had to be near by. In fact it was much closer then we had realized. Looking uphill from where the old boiler now sat we found ourselves looking up at the clean lines of a massive stone …

The Boiler

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The industrial machine that was the Copper Empire was nourished almost solely by steam. From locomotives to electric power plants everything here was powered by superheated water – either directly or indirectly. Because of this you would expect that we would come across a great deal of evidence of those …

Another Oddity Along the Eagle River

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With the mystery of the three-leged trestle still fresh in our minds, we continued on downstream towards what we hoped would be the old Phoenix Mill remains. Along the way, however, we ran across yet another odd item left in ruin along the old river bed. A concrete wall. It …

An Eagle River Trestle

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As the Eagle River makes its way north towards the big lake it turns and tumbles its through a narrow gorge beset on all sides by sheer cliffs and rocky outcroppings that makes the river’s journey much more challenging. Its a beautiful and rugged landscape that looks more like something …

The Many Mills of Phoenix

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The Phoenix Mine When the region’s premiere copper mining company – the Lake Superior Copper Company – folded up after only five years of profitless work along the Eagle River a new company was re-organized to take its place. Fittingly this new company was named the Phoenix, and like its …