Monthly Archives: July 2010

A Look Back – Year Four

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Tomorrow marks the end of CCE’s fourth year of exploring the Copper Country, an event we’ve been commemorating for the last few weeks with a weekly look back at years past. Continuing that tradition we bring you a look back at our most recent year of exploration, a series of …

The Rock House

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Leaving the Delaware’s superintendents house behind, we cut through the adjacent woods for a short spell before emerging on the edge of a large poor rock pile. The pile had been largely bulldozed flat, leaving a carpet of ragged red colored rock along the ground. The old rock pile sat …

A Rare Find

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When it comes to Copper Country exploring there’s a level of familiarity to everything you find along the way. The most common site is the poor rock pile, every mine has at least one and you’ll never find a mine site without one. Next up would be the hoist foundation, a …

A Look Back – Year Three

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Well another Friday and another look back at the last four years of CCE. This week we’re taking a look at year three, otherwise known as the year of the major redesign. I’m referring to a major redesign of the site itself, which took me over a month to finally …

Walls & Foundations (p2)

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Leaving the Delaware’s store house behind we found ourselves standing along one leg of an unique “Y” intersection, that connects Delaware Road with an unnamed road that connects up with the highway. For all intents and purposes this is Delaware’s industrial core, where the mine’s collection of support buildings were …

Walls & Foundations (p1)

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The area we had entered upon the discovery of the warehouse was rich in ruin. Scattered about within sight were the remains of about four separate structures, some more impressive then others. The most impressive (and intact) was the warehouse, while the remaining ruins were essentially only glorified foundations. But …

A Delawarehouse

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Leaving the old Delaware fissure behind we continued on down the road towards the Conglomerate Mine – known today for being home to the Delaware Mine tours. After only a short walk down said road we discovered a rather impressive rock wall standing tall alongside the road in a grove …

A Look Back – Year Two

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Its Friday once again and that means another look back at CCE’s last four years of existence – this time looking at the site’s sophomore year. By the time summer was winding down in 2007 the site had managed to find itself a small but dedicated group of followers who …

At the Fissure

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The Delaware Fissure was first worked by the Northwest in 1847, at which time it was known as the Northwest Fissure. In 1863 the Delaware took over production at the vein and continued to work the fissure down to its 9th level. Very little copper was found, and attention was …

On the Way to Delaware

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Leaving the Amygdaloid Mine behind we walk down the road towards our next mine on the tour – the Delaware. But first we pass by the old Connecticut site, which entails not much more than a scattered poor rock pile sitting alongside the road. The pile had been worked over …

The Boiler Along the Gratiot

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My recent Seneca Lake post has spurred quite a debate as to the origins of both the lake, the causeway that crosses it, and the purpose of both. In relation to that discussion I brought up the abandoned boiler that sits not far from the lake alongside the Gratiot River. …

A Look Back – Year One

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As some of you may know there’s a birthday coming up at the end of this month – CCE’s birthday! My little exploration site turns a whopping 4 on July 31st, marking four years and over 600 daily posts of Copper Country exploration. To mark the upcoming milestone I thought …

Atop the Drexel

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Now that the identity of the mine we had been exploring last week is finally clear (its the Amygdaloid), we’ll soldier on and share what else we had discovered atop the old Drexel fissure. We moved north from the old hoist and boiler ruins we had found previously and made …

Mines of the Delaware Region

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The Delaware is a mine with a long and convoluted history, so much so that it suffers from a rather chronic and cumbersome identity crisis. As is the case with most mines along the Keweenaw, the mine’s ownership and corporate status were constantly evolving along with its fortunes (or lack …

More Ruins Alongside the Road (p2)

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Continuing from were we left off yesterday, we find ourselves making our way to the top of those massive stone foundations that were once home to what we think was a hoisting engine. Once there we noticed a peculiar design element – a narrow notch that made its way along …

More Ruins Alongside the Road (p1)

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Soon after leaving the poor rock pile behind we find ourselves at the foot of even more ruins – these ones a little more extensive then those we found earlier. First up was the shattered remains of a smoke stack built in the traditional style epitomized at the Cliff – …