Monthly Archives: June 2011

An Old Look at Old Victoria

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The Victoria Mine’s final chapter lasted from from the turn of the century to just after the first world war, when a drop in copper prices ultimately led to the mine’s demise. That year was 1921, and as the mine filled with water the neighboring village emptied of its residents. …

A Hoist of a Different Breed

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With the special St. Anne’s series over, we now return our attention back to exploring the old Victoria Mine… The North Country Scenic Trail is the longest scenic trail in the United States, running for over 4600 miles across seven states between New York and North Dakota. Along the way …

Through Colored Glass

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Tonight the Keweenaw Heritage Center will have its opening night reception, featuring yours truly as the guest speaker. I will be giving a talk on architectural heritage, featuring some of Calumet’s less known historical figures and their contributions to the village’s landscape. In honor of this event, I’ve preempted our …

St. Anne’s Revisited (p3)

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This Thursday the Keweenaw Heritage Center will have its opening night reception, featuring yours truly as the guest speaker. I will be giving a talk on architectural heritage, featuring some of Calumet’s less known historical figures and their contributions to the village’s landscape. In honor of this event, I’ve preempted …

St. Anne’s Revisited (p2)

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This Thursday the Keweenaw Heritage Center will have its opening night reception, featuring yours truly as the guest speaker. I will be giving a talk on architectural heritage, featuring some of Calumet’s less known historical figures and their contributions to the village’s landscape. In honor of this event, I’ve preempted …

St. Anne’s Revisited (p1)

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We interrupt your previously schedule tour of the Victoria Mine for the following special presentation. The Keweenaw Heritage Center will be having its 2011 opening night reception this Thursday at 7pm, featuring yours truly as the guest speaker. I will be giving a talk on architectural heritage, featuring some of …

Little Hoist, Big Hoist

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Old Victoria’s fortunes were far from encouraging, and it seemed as if the mine was cursed from the start. Besides its inhospitable and secluded location atop Forest Hill surrounded by various branches of the Ontonagon River, the mine faced several disasters early in its career that seemed to doom the …

The Tank

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After the discovery of the cable diverters in front of the Victoria’s rock house we knew that the hoist building would lie to the east. Considering that narrow road running in front of the rock house went in the same direction, we worked under the assumption that by following that …

An Enigma Wrapped In Stone Walls

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It looked to be the ruins of a small building, only perhaps a few dozen feet in width. It consisted of a large stone wall standing about seven feet in height, covered in what looked to be a layer of black paint or possibly even some thin layer of tar …

The Pyramids of Victoria

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Leaving both the rock house and shaft house behind, we went off in search of the next piece of the puzzle: the hoist house. As a general rule (though all rules have exceptions), hoist buildings can easily be found by simply walking in a straight line from the rock house, …

The Number Two

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When Captain Hooper first took reins of the old Victoria property in 1881 he found a mine in disarray. Not only was it flooded, which was too be expected, but all the mine’s timbers had rotted away, the adit level had partially collapsed, and the shafts were crooked and haphazardly …

Something Borrowed, Something New

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As we reached the top of the bluff the road on which we traveled split in two, forcing a decision as to our next direction of travel. With the poor rock pile sitting down to our left we thought left would be the better bet, and it was. Almost as …

Some Old Homes

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In 1849 it was known as the Cushin; in 1850 it was part of the Forest empire and by 1858 it had become known as the Victoria – a fitting name considering its English origins. Unfortunately each of these incarnations were seemingly doomed from the start and none were able …

A Hill of Quiet Isolation

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If you follow the Ontonagon river eastward as it weaves its way through the rocky spine of the Copper Country, you’ll soon find yourself in the shadow of a steep and rugged hill marked on most maps with the ambiguous “Victoria” moniker. This is more historically known as Forest Hill, …

The Sandstone House

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We’ve discussed this old stone building before on CCE but have yet to feature it. So today we take a quick look at what has to be Hancock’s oddest structure. I don’t know its name, nor its history. All I know is that it’s a rather unique and interesting building. …

The Power House

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The Copper Country’s reputation as a modern metropolis in contrast to a typical mining camp was strengthened by it’s early apportion of many civilized contrivances such as the telegraph, the street car, and the theater. Perhaps most important of all was the region’s early adoption of electric power, enabled by …