Monthly Archives: April 2011

Company Housing

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With most of the lost city’s major structures having been explored we turned our attention to the collection of small homes scattered about the property. Now that we knew that the town was established by and for the Jackson Iron Company, we were pretty sure that we were looking at …

A Bit of Class

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After leaving the old hotel behind there remained yet another rather large wood framed building to explore. While not as large as the hotel, this two story building still had some substantial bulk to admire. From the front the building featured a large opening which gave us the impression that …

The Hotel

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While the stone buildings we have thus far explored are incredible, the most impressive of all the structures still standing in the lost city was the weathered gray beauty seen above. This large three story structure was far too large to be a private residence, and my first guess would …

The Old Shop

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We moved on from the massive remains of the old store and warehouse and continued along those odd paved paths to yet another old structure sitting nearby. This one was a bit more familiar. Though still utilizing the local stone of choice – limestone – this particular structure supplemented that …

A Limestone Beauty

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We made our way down off the bluff and emerged onto an open field surrounded by the remains of the lost city. We followed one of many paved walkways that weaved their way in and out of the ruins, walkways that seemed particular out of place and time for their …

The Lost City

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After leaving the old Hanka home we headed south, making our way through the vast forests of the peninsula’s interior and past the breathtaking vistas along the impressive Sturgeon river gorge. After several hours of traveling we found ourselves emerging from the forest alongside the clear blue waters of Lake …

A Stop at the Hanka’s

After visiting the old Askel fire tower, we decided to continue on down the road and make a stop at the old Hanka homestead. This forty acre farm was settled by Finish immigrant Herman Hanka in 1896, and continued to be home to the family for another 75 years - up until 1966. During that time the farm was left relatively untouched from it's 1920's appearance, and exists as a living time capsule from a time when people made a life for themselves living off of the land.

The Tower

Northwest of Baraga near the shores of Otter Lake stands this iconic tower, probably the last of its type still standing in Houghton County. The tower was once part of a network of similar towers scattered about the Keweenaw, used to spot smoke from newborn forest fires. This particular tower is known as the Askel tower, named after the hill on which it stands. It rises nearly a hundred feet in the air and provides an amazing view of the Sturgeon River valley and southern Houghton County.

Along the Bay

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While the ore docks never materialized along Keweenaw Bay, the lighthouse at Sand Point was able to provide an important service none the less; to guide lumber boats into the bay to serve the region’s numerous lumber mills. These mills included the Hebard Mill at Pequaming, Bendry Mill at L’anse, …

Sand Point Cribs

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The location which we find the Sand Point lighthouse today is actually several hundred feed further inland then it had been originally. Rising lake levels at the turn of the century had eroded away most of the beach fronting the old light, and had begun to threaten the tower itself. …

Sand Point Lighthouse

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Though geographically tied to the copper country, Keweenaw Bay was more closely linked to the distant mines of the Marquette iron range. With the Huron mountains creating a impenetrable barrier between those iron mines and the lake, the natural bay at the base of the Keweenaw became a viable location …

An Oak Street Map

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With our arrival to the Mineral Range depot at 9th street we have completed our Oak Street tour, and have come full circle in the process after starting our tour at the first Mineral Range depot at Oak’s opposite end. As I’ve noted before, Oak continues on from this point …