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The Many Faces of the No.2

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We had discussed earlier the oddities of Trimountain’s No.2 rock house, a building whose ruins spoke of a structure of much different configuration then the one the Sanborn maps describe. The overview map included with yesterday’s post illustrates that point, as the shaft rock house combination shown there looks nothing ...

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Even More Foundations

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With the compressor house ruins now behind us we had succeeded in exploring the majority of the Trimountain No.2’s surface plant; a collection that included the rock house, boiler house, hoist house, and the recently explored compressor house. All those buildings can clearly be seen in the old archive photo ...

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Even More Ruins

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The amount of ruins to be found at the old Trimountain No.2 site is a bit baffling, though in honesty the amount of old structures here is not substantially greater then other sites. It’s just that those buildings are scattered about rather far and wide, and lay across a rather ...

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Under a Canopy of Yellow

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Leaving the sandstone and brick embellished hoist foundation behind, we headed across the old roadway at the Trimountain No.2 to a ruin of a slightly different make. Instead of the calico draped foundations found earlier we found ourselves looking at a mammoth grey block of concrete rising up from the ...

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One More Look

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We’ve been here several times before, featuring this particular hoist two times here on the pages of CCE. Its a beauty, built in a refined old school style that utilized such classical touches as sandstone buttons and red brick frosting. It was built to house a rather impressive 2500 HP ...

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A Shaft House’s Remains

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Like many mines, the Trimountain utilized a combo shaft / rock house for their shafts. These buildings combined a stand alone shaft house – a building that traditionally only served to protect the shaft entrance from the elements – with a rock house, a building where rock coming up from ...

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Pale Walls and Fiery Foliage

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While the No.1 shaft may have been the Trimountain’s first, it would quickly become eclipsed by its younger brother to the north – the No.2. It would be here that the mine would begin making its money, and because of that it was here that the company elected to instal ...

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A Mine at Three Mountains

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The southern range’s first copper exploit was an ill fated attempt made along the base of Whealkate Mountain, one of several peaks rising high above the neighboring Portage Valley. That attempt ultimately failed, and it would take several more decades before those peaks would be invaded again by those searching ...

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Huron Creek Walls

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The city of Houghton sits along a rocky ridge defined by the Pilgrim River valley to the east and the Huron Creek gorge to the west. While the ridge descends rather steadily towards the Pilgrim River, it drops more precariously at Huron Creek, creating a rather rugged and rocky terrain ...

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St. Ignatius School

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By the end of the nineteenth century almost every Catholic church in the region had a complimenting parochial school. These schools – controlled and operated by the church – infused religious teachings with a standard grammar school lexicon. Usually limited in scope to primary education (though some larger parishes did ...

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Return to the Union Building (p2)

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The sprawling exhibit space that has taken over the old Odd Fellow’s Hall consists primarily of an assortment of themed areas, each interpreting various facets of Copper Country life for those immigrants and natives that called Calumet home. Each interpretive area is prefaced with a large architectural mock-up that acts ...

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Return To the Union Building (p1)

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A few months back CCE took a tour of the newly renovated Union Building, future home to the Keweenaw National Historical Park’s Calumet Visitor Center. At the time of my tour, the building was only an empty shell, as the exhibits and other internal components of the new visitor center ...

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A Dry Built of Sandstone

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During my work with the Keweenaw Heritage Center in preparation for next year’s sandstone exhibit we had noted an odd lack of the red stone when it came to the buildings erected by C&H for its own mine. It seemed odd because C&H actually owned its own quarry at Incline, ...

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A Calumet Light Pole

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For some reason Calumet missed a great deal of the infrastructure improvements other great cities enjoyed during the past half century. Because of that a great deal of what you find in Calumet is hold outs from another time, relics from an era dominated not by plastics and silicon but ...

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An Oddity at the Union Building

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One last image from the old Union Building, now serving as the Keweenaw National Historical Park’s new Calumet Visitor Center. This particular detail sits down in the basement, a floor included on my tour but containing very little items of interest to warrant a post. But there was this odd ...

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A Corner Lost in Time

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William Harris was one of Lake Linden’s most prominent citizens, having not only ran a successful mercantile business in town but also serving as the village’s first mayor. After the devastating fire of 1887 decimated twelve city blocks, Harris helped finance the rebuilding effort with several grand – and most ...

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