Monthly Archives: October 2010

News & Views Thursday – Coal Shortage Edition

This weeks ride in the DeLorean sends us back to July of 1946, in a time immediately following the close of World War II. C&H had just concluded a five week shut down due a strike-imposed coal shortage and operations were just beginning to resume. The photo above documents the first coal boat to arrive to C&H's Hubbell docks - the David M. Weir. Most of this issue revolved around non-mine related issues, which included a two page photo spread featuring renovation projects carried out by laid off workers. Front page article is about the Lake Chemical Company, a plant whose location is a mystery to me. There's also an interesting story about the re-opening of the Gratiot Shaft, which mentions the move of the Nordberg engine from Osceola 13 to the newly opened mine. Check out the whole issue HERE. More »

A Finnish Church


When Hancock was first born it consisted of only a dozen blocks bordered on the west by Montezuma Street (currently anchored by the city hall building featured previously) and to the east by Reservation Street and the deep ravine carrying ... More »

News and Views Thursday…

Todays News and Views brings us back to 1943 - a favorite year of mine apparently. This particular issue's front page story deals with the sinking of the Allouez No.3 shaft, also know as the Allouez-Douglass shaft. (check out the ruins of the mine today HERE) Interestingly the shaft was begun in the middle of winter, which seems a bit desperate to me. But I suppose the war doesn't wait. Speaking of which, make sure to note the dig at the axis powers at the end of the article. In addition to the Allouez, the newsletter also touches on the construction of the Quincy Reclamation Plant's dredge, which is now sunk in the middle of Torch Lake. Download the whole thing and take a read for yourself HERE. More »

City Hall


Hancock was first platted by the Quincy Mining Company in 1859, just a few years after the village of Houghton was incorporated across the lake. While Houghton was conceived independent of a mine company’s control, it would take the young ... More »

News & Views Thursdays – Friday Edition

Due to some server issues beyond my control CCE was temporally out of service for the last couple of days. Because of that I was unable to post my weekly C&H News and Views on its regularly scheduled time. So instead I'm going to post it today, and save myself a post in the process. Today's episode comes to us from 1947, which I'm sure was a lot like 1946. The biggest news of the day was the modernization of the Lake Linden Power Plant - a building that surprisingly continues to cling onto life (barely) still today. This issue also has a few interesting pics of Seneca No.2, otherwise known as the Gratiot Mine in current circles. Go ahead and check out the current issue HERE, but be forewarned its a large file! (and please only download once and save to your computer. Multiple downloads eat up my bandwidth usage and I don't have a huge amount to spare!) More »

Going a Little Loco

Two weeks ago my Quincy Roundhouse update post garnered quite a bit of interest, especially in the old No.6 locomotive parked out front. There was some discussion as to the feasibility of its restoration, which according to local railroad guru (that's my words not his) Chuck Pomazal won't really be that bad - relatively speaking. As proof he sent me this beautiful before/after pic of another Quincy locomotive that had some series issues of its own. This would be the No.5, which by the looks of things Mr. Pomazal did a heck of a job on. Looks brand new. Here's to the No.6 sharing a similar fate, giving a few more years. More »

An Architectural Beauty


Today we take a look at one of the Copper Country’s most beautiful buildings – at least in my opinion. Built in 1887 for the great Calumet and Hecla Mining company, this intricately assembled masonry building housed the company’s main ... More »

The Iroquois That Was


Apparently at one time it was considered “current” to name your capitalistic embodiment after a native tribe, considering the surplus of such mines scattered along the Keweenaw (the Mohawk, Oneida, Delaware, Huron, Seneca, Ojibway). When C&H decided to open up ... More »