Monthly Archives: December 2010

Hydrants of the Copper Country

Over the past four and a half years I've happened across a lot of abandoned and forgotten pieces of the great copper empire that once was. One of the more dramatic and haunting of these remnants - for me at least - has always been the ghostly silhouette of the lonely water hydrant. I've come across more then my fair share in my travels, and I've documented most of them here on CCE. Today I thought I would use those lost hydrants as my own portal keys to the CCE of yesterday, and take you all on a trip through CCE explorations of the past. And in no particular order:

A Short Winter’s Nap…

Well now that I've finally wrapped up that long and exhaustive high-res photo series (13 posts!), its time to take my traditional holiday break. For you long time readers out there this is nothing new, since every year CCE shuts down temporarily during the holidays so I can take a much deserved rest. This year is even more imperative, thanks to the pressing deadline of several projects that I hope to have finished by spring (including a book or two). To give me a bit more time to get some work done on these projects I've decided to extend this year's break to three weeks, coming back with new content starting Monday January 10th. Notice I said new content. While I've always taken these breaks in the past, this year we feel its important that CCE continue to have a presence, even if its not through brand new content. Today's post marks this blog's 693rd entry, which is a rather impressive and daunting archives for most to explore on their own. I thought it would be a good exercise to take all my readers - especially those newer readers who have just joined us here in our fifth year - on a guided tour of CCE and all it has to offer. No particular pattern and no particular schedule, just some posts linking back to the archives and some of our most interesting explorations and articles. It will also allow for the start of some new conversations and discussions on old topics. So keep on checking in during the next few weeks to see what we feature. As always there's a few changes in store for CCE next year when we return. I hope to do some changes to the site's archive pages in order to make them more research-friendly, as well as create a new browse page to help users navigate all those archives (another reason for these look-back posts in the next few weeks). But the real changes will be over on our sister site - Keweenaw Free Guide. Starting in January I'll be starting up a new blog over there as well, where I'll be providing weekly articles about what to see and do in the Keweenaw (all for free of course). Be prepared for a lot of maps, guides, and tours. In addition to that new blog, I also have a few books to get ready for spring release including a illustrated ruin guide and a special five-year anniversary photo book. So before signing off I would like to wish all my readers a safe and enjoyable holiday season along with a heartfelt thanks to all of you for your continued and generous support over the last year (its greatly appreciated!). And for all those who have made the vary generous contribution of money to this site (though either direct donations or by buying my map book) I want to thank you a hundredfold more, its great to know that the work I do here on CCE have meant that much to you. I only hope I can live up to those humbling accolades by continuing to provide the caliber of content that you expect. Thanks again! Merry Christmas and have yourself a happy New Year!

Calumet-opolis: A Guided Tour (p6)

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Well after more then a few weeks of exploring the greater Calumet metropolitan area we finally come to the end, with the final frame of our high-res panoramic image. This particular frame looks out across the surface plant of the Hecla and South Hecla Mines along with the sprawling railroad …

Calumet-opolis: A Guided Tour (p5)

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Today we continue our look at that high-res panoramic of the Calumetopolis by turning to the south-east once more. Now we leave Portland Street behind along Red Jacket’s southern border and begin to head out into the untamed lands south of the city. Here the city fades away and is …

Calumet-opolis: A Guided Tour (p4)

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After a few backtracking posts we’ve finally came full circle back to where we last left off during our Yellow Jacket exploration. In the frame above we’re looking due east, down Portland Street and off towards Red Jacket. Not only does this angle provide a great view of Red Jacket’s …

Calumet-opolis: A Guided Tour (p3)

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As we turn eastward on our tour we begin to look out over the Keweenaw’s geological backbone, consisting of not only C&H’s profitable conglomerate lode, but the neighboring Osceola and Kearsarge lodes as well. Because of this the horizon here begins to fill up rather rapidly with shaft houses, to …

News & Views Thursdays – Delaware Edition

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Last week I received a request for any News & Views that featured an article on the Delaware Mine, once that I’m honoring today. Unfortunately the article is very brief and features just a few very small and blurry images. But the edition in question – from November of 1945 …

Calumet-opolis: A Guided Tour (p2)

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Turning to the third frame of our high-res panoramic we find ourselves looking out over Yellow Jacket once again, a place we just toured a few posts back. Like last time, we’ll leave the town itself behind and concentrate with what can be glimpsed up on along the horizon. Most …

Calumet-opolis: A Guided Tour (p1)

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Those high-res images from the Detroit Publishing Company are some of the most detailed looks at the Calumet-opolis that I have ever seen in my four plus years writing CCE. Its a resource thats far too rich to waste on just a few Then & Now posts. In fact the …

Yellow Jacket – Then & Now (p2)

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Continuing our tour of the C&H mining town of Yellow Jacket, we make yet another rotation atop the Tamarack No.2 rock house and across our high-res panoramic of the greater Red Jacket area. In this frame Red Jacket itself finally comes into view along the top of the pic, separated …

Yellow Jacket – Then & Now (p1)

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Upon crossing First Street in Tamarack Location we had officially left lands owned by the Tamarack Mine and had crossed onto property owned by its rival – C&H. This was as far west as C&H had though it needed to go when it first opened its mine, a lack of …

News & Views Thursdays Returns

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After a short hiatus, our weekly C&H News and Views issue is back for another issue from a half century ago. This particular sample comes to us from January of 1943, while the second great was in full swing. Making headlines this month was the proposed sinking of Allouez No.3, …

Tamarack – Then & Now (p5)

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Squeezed between Tamarack’s eastern border of First Street and the tracks of the Mineral Range railroad sit a collection of tightly packed homes that epitomize the look and feel of a mining camp. Here along only four acres of land stand over 30 company homes, easily the densest residential neighborhood …