Month: July 2011

Mines

A Beast of a Hoist

The relationship between a shaft and its hoist is a complicated one, and by no means monogamous. In fact the…
Mines

Cable Stands and More

Ahh cable stand footings. These things are a dime a dozen, and I’ve probably got a Benjamin’s worth in my…
Mines

Tamarack No.3

When the Tamarack Mine undertook the ambitious plan of mining the Calumet Conglomerate at depth, it was an incredibly risky…
Mines

Along the Shore of Tamarack Dam

The great copper mining empire that once dominated the Keweenaw landscape was powered by steam, and therefore required great amounts…
Copper Range Railroad

Anatomy of a Trestle (p2)

While all the action on a train trestle may have occurred atop the rail deck and attached girders (the trestles…
Copper Range Railroad

Anatomy of a Trestle (p1)

The three Firesteel Trestles found along the old Copper Range line north of Lake Mine are messages in a bottle,…
Copper Range Railroad

The Firesteel Trestles

The Copper Range Railroad began its journey to the Keweenaw from the small town of McKeever, at an intersection with…
Mines

The Taylor Compressor

The Victoria Mine’s geographical isolation caused a great deal of original thinking when it came to how the mine would…