Month: May 2010

Eagle Harbor

The Iron Box

Water levels on the big lake are once again down, which means great swaths of the Lake Superior shore are…
Mines

Powder-palooza

Thought I’d wrap up this mini powder house tour we’ve been on lately with a rundown of all the explosive…
Ahmeek Mine

More Ahmeek Powder

As I noted yesterday, most mines utilized only one powder house that served all its shafts. In some cases a…
Ahmeek Mine

Ahmeek Powder

While most mines utilized an identical set of surface buildings for each shaft along their property, they usually only used…
Madison Mine

Madison Powder

The Madison Mine is one of the dozens of fissure mines scattered across the Keweenaw’s northern reaches that produced very…
Copper Falls Mine

Copper Falls Powder

It sits secluded high atop Petheric Hill, deep within the thick forest found along its rugged slopes. No road, or…
Houghton

The Masonic Temple

As we make our way up Houghton’s main commercial street we find one last architectural gem of significance to explore…
Houghton

The 600 Block (p2)

Making our way back from the massive bank building anchoring the 600 block we come across the second brick business…
Houghton

Downtown Houghton of Old

A short break from our downtown Houghton tour to take a look back at what it once looked like, thanks…
Houghton

The 600 Block (p1)

While the neighboring 500 block’s claim to fame was its upscale Douglass House hotel, the 600 block’s iconic status would…
Houghton

The Douglass House

Houghton’s commercial district began with the establishment of two hotels – the Houghton and the Douglass – both named Douglass…
Houghton

The Shelden-Dee Block

Thanks to the adjacent Douglass House, the corner of Shelden and Isle Royale became Houghton’s de-facto commercial center. Here the…
Houghton

The 500 Block (p2)

Along the north side of Shelden’s 500 block stand just four buildings, all but one of which can be seen…