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A Corner Lost in Time

The Look at the Old Harris House in Lake Linden

Head up a block from Lake Linden’s downtown and you will find the start of the village’s residential district. Like some socio-economic stratification the homes get smaller and less flashy as you head up the hill, leaving the largest and most impressive homes down along the first street past downtown – Hecla street. These homes were built not for a standard mill worker but instead for the village’s upper class  – managers, shopkeepers, clerks, and the like. These homes are a bit more elaborate, showcasing a bit more form over function in their presentation. A few of these homes have survived to this day, some looking almost the same as they did over a century ago. A prime example of this sits at the corner of Hecla and Second Streets, a turreted brick home that was once home to one of Lake Linden’s most prominent citizens – William Harris.

William Harris ran a highly successful mercantile business in town, success which allowed him to build a rather impressive masonry commercial block that remains standing to this day. It also provided him with the means to erect an equally impressive private residence just up the street. While not particularly large, the brick building easily augments such stature limitations with a hearty helping of some Victorian opulence. This excess touches include sandstone belt courses and lintels along with hand-painted wood scrolls and medallions. Then there’s the eccentricities found outside the old house, stranded-in-time elements such as wrought iron fencing and hitching posts still surrounding the property. It all adds up to quite an incredible scene, one seemingly frozen in time from a time long gone but not forgotten here in the Copper Country.


The Harris House is located in Lake Linden at the corner of Second and Hecla Streets.

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  1. A well mannered carriage horse or team was trained to stand and stay with just a line to a small weight on the ground. The rings on the side walk would have been an alternative to a post and or the ground weight. The survival of either into the 21st century is remarkable.

  2. I’m a great fan of the old homes in the CC and was a little surprised to see this house posted on your Great Copper Country Web Site. I haven’t posted here in quite some time, but after seeing this article I thought I would share a little story of my own about this home.

    In the Fall of 2006 my Father and I were up hunting and visiting family and I had him driving me all over the CC to take pictures of laces I had not seen in a while. I felt a bit bad afterwards, concidering that my Father spent most of the two weeks driving me around verses him getting to hunt ( I quit hunting in 2000 and now spend my time taking pictures) because we came together and I had no other way of getting around.

    But getting back to this house. We were coming back from the Quincy Dredge heading back towards Calumet when I seen this house. I told him to stop so I could take a picture, but the windshield was dirty on my first shot so I jumped out of the truck and took a second picture and then we moved on.
    Well about two months after the trip I was looking through MTU. Photo archives when I came upon a photo taken of the same house around 1900 I believe, but it had very little background info on the house, so I brought my picture up on the computer to see if in fact it was the same house. Well it was, but what almost knocked me out of my chair was that my second picture lined up with the MTU picture, as if I was standing on the very same spot that the photographer who a 100 years earlier had stood on. I even went as far as taking my picture and through Photoshop removed the overhead wires and turn it into a B/W. I was just in awe!

    Your statement on the home being caught in a Time Loop is so true.

    You may have already done an article on this home I just love already, but if you haven’t, take a look at the house on US 41 across the street from the Hut Restaurant, it is beautiful along with a great history behind it.

    I hope you are thinking about putting CCE into a book form ( Coffee Table Style I think would be fantastic) or maybe a series of the same. I made the suggestion in a post a while back.
    The work you have put into saving the history of the CC and keeping all of us who are unable for what ever reasons to see the things and photograph and research these places you have, is in itself a godsend and I am truly grateful to you personally for all your time dedication in sharing this gift with me. I’m sure I’m not alone in my gratitude to you. I know if you were to put all of this information and photowork into a book form, I would be one of the first to purchase as many copies I could for all my Children and Grandchildren.
    Again CCE, Thank You, and God Bless You!

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