Monthly Archives: September 2011

Terraced Gardens


If you take a stroll along East Lakeshore Drive in Houghton in the area once occupied by the Carroll Foundry, you’ll find a line of old houses along with this interesting stone structure. Not so much a structure as a impressively landscaped hillside, these lines of rubble-rock walls make up …

Dumping Ground

Some people don't seem to appreciate the aesthetic qualities of ruins. These people consider such decaying monuments to our industrial past an "eyesore". As such people don't tend to respect those ruins as much as their own backyards, and use such sites to dispose of other things that they no longer have any use for. This must be the reason why almost any ruin site we come across is undoubtably partnered with a makeshift dumping ground where all types of trash can be found. Washing machines, refrigerators, old cars, televisions, electrical equipment and cans - lots and lots of cans - are just a few of the expected treats we find. Last week a trip to Copper Harbor uncovered yet another one of these old dump sites, and I took some pictures for prosperity.

Great Buildings In Memoriam (p3)


We finish up our great buildings series with another look at the famous Bollman Block in Calumet along with the long lineage of great buidlings that once served Houghton’s high school students, starting with the very first built around 1888. Rock School – Houghton This beautiful rubble rock building was …

Great Buildings In Memoriam (p2)


We continue our series of great building of the Keweenaw that are no more, this time taking a look at some of the first structures to grace the Michigan Mining School campus; structures that were torn down in the name of progress in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Sarah …

Great Buildings In Memoriam (p1)


The Great Copper Empire has prompted the erection of a large list of impressive buildings and structures all across the peninsula. These great buildings included commercial blocks, public schools, churches, libraries, and hotels. They were found all throughout the Copper Country’s impressive metropolises, including Houghton, Hancock, Lake Linden, Calumet, and …

A Tale of Two Cities


Over 10 billion pounds of copper has made it’s way out of the Copper Country over the last century, an amount with an estimated street value of nearly 2 billion dollars (in turn of the century dollars). Yet for having produced such incredible wealth, the Keweenaw has very little to …

Clues to an Underground City?


The great Calumet Metropolis was said to be as much a city as any other metropolitan center of its time in terms of public amenities, transportation, and commercial variety. This was especially true in terms of the city’s utility infrastructure, which provided access to electric lines, gas lines, sewers, drinking …

Five That Are No More


Mining is a nomadic industry, continuously moving from where the precious metal once was to were it currently is now. It moves from place to place using up the resource in one location before moving on to the next. In the Keweenaw this nomadic nature is perpetuated not by a …

The White City Legacy


Though occurring over 600 miles away from the rocky shores of the Keweenaw, the 1893 World’s Fair left a lasting legacy upon the remote edge of the peninsula on which the old quarry town of Jacobsville can be found. The fair was held in Chicago’s Jackson Park, and was better …

A Facelift for the Quincy Smelter


It’s been over two years since I was last at the Quincy Smelter, when I was lucky enough to be given an all-access pass to the site thanks to the generosity of the Quincy Smelter Association and Franklin Township. Since then a lot has changed at the site, as a …