Month: April 2010

Houghton

The 500 Block (p1)

One could possibly argue that Houghton’s commercial core along Shelden street owes its existence primarily to the establishment of the…
Houghton

The 400 Block (p3)

Before leaving the 400 block for good there’s one last building that warrants mention, the Leopold Building. This two story…
Houghton

The 400 Block (p2)

Originally the 400 block of Shelden was home to two important landmarks – the Haas Brewery and Miller’s Hotel. Today…
Houghton

The 400 Block (p1)

Unlike the blocks to the west which remained heavily residential for most of Houghton’s early history, the 400 block established…
Houghton

The 300 Block (p2) – The Hall Building

For the longest time the 300 block of Houghton’s downtown was an architectural wasteland. Though large in statue the Germania…
Houghton

The 300 Block (p1)

The transformation of Houghton’s Shelden Avenue from residential district to commercial thoroughfare was rather slow and tedious. The streets origins…
Houghton

The 200 Block

The second block of Houghton’s main thoroughfare is bordered by Quincy Street to the west and Pewabic on the East.…
Houghton

The 100 Block

As originally platted, the village of Houghton consisted of a narrow tract of land along Portage Lake 8 blocks long…
Calumet & Hecla Mine

Calumet No.3

Here’s a look at the Calumet No.3 shaft, or at least a part of it. It’s been capped in concrete,…
Centennial Mill

The Shore Plant (p2)

After a few small discoveries – including the remains of the original boiler house – we continued onward towards shore…
Centennial Mill

The Shore Plant (p1)

Before the Arcadian Mill had become available, the Centennial Mine was desperately in need of a new stamp mill. Its…
Centennial Mill

The Mineral House

Once the copper rock has made its way through the stamp mill’s collection of stamps, jigs, and wash tables the…
Centennial Mill

The Outer Walls

Finished with our exploration of the grand concrete plateau that is the Centennial Mill’s wash floor, we headed off to…
Centennial Mill

Along the Wash Floor (p3)

In addition to the lines of pillars and other foundations scattered across the Centennial Mill’s wash floor there were also…
Centennial Mill

Along the Wash Floor (p2)

Looking our across the sweeping concrete frontier that confronted us, we noticed the scattering lines of concrete pedestals and pillars…
Centennial Mill

Along the Wash Floor (p1)

Stepping down from the Centennial Mill’s terraced levels we found ourselves overlooking a vast field of concrete, foundations, and a…