Monthly Archives: January 2012

High Atop the Cliff

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Leaving the diverter behind, we followed its lead and headed upward to the top of the cliffs high above us. As we climbed we passed a few more remnants of cable stands, concrete footings half buried in the dirt and snow. Encouraged we toiled on, but was soon thwarted by …

A Tip of an Iceberg

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Deep in Ontonagon Country, far from any major town or industrial area lies the isolated and remote town of Rockland. Today the town is nothing more then a rather empty and derelict town, sitting in a picturesque setting along the slopes of a towering ridge line. Though not much today, …

Scrapbook Fridays: Scrap Metal Edition

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Some of you may have noticed a great deal of changes here on CCE starting last week. What was once a trilogy of sites, has now been concentrated into a new and enhanced Copper Country Explorer. As part of that move, CCE now offers its own Heritage Guide and Scrapbook …

A Hoist of Champion’s (p2)

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From where it stood, the Champion hoist we were looking at appeared out of place with the rest of the mine’s surface plant. Its location along the road put it almost smack dab in the middle from the C and D shafts (the No.2 and No.3), and rather far from …

A Hoist of Champion’s (p1)

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When it comes to the grand buildings of the old empire, very few have managed to survive intact to this day. This is especially true when it comes to any building that once housed any type of steam powered equipment – hoists, compressors, boilers – as these were often the …

A Hundred Feet Into the Earth

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As someone whose been around many mine sites in his day, I can attest to the fact that they are littered with possibilities for injury or even death. Even more dangerous are the shafts and adits that enter those mines, openings into the bowels of the earth that should be …

Out of Place

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Sitting at the corner of Pewabic and First Streets in Laurium stands this impressive sandstone building. It’s obviously a commercial block and looks to be built in the standard style with storefronts on the first floor and apartments on the second. Most likely those storefronts were once home to a …