Monthly Archives: April 2012

A Michigan Bat Cage

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The old Michigan Mine property is a literal mine field, encompassing the shafts from not only the Michigan, but also the Minesota, Superior, Rockland, and National Mines as well. In total several dozen old mine shafts are littered across the rugged landscape, creating a rather perilous hike for those unaware …

The Church That Time Forgot (p2)

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It was nearly 125 years ago that this simple wood-framed church outside of the small quarry town of Jacobsville housed its first services. In that time a lot has changed in the region, including the death of not only the local sandstone industry for which the church was built, but …

The Church that Time Forgot (p1)

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There was a time when Jacobsville was the center of much hustle and bustle, when the surrounding sandstone quarries were in full swing and the rumble of blasting and the clang from sledgehammers against wedges filled the air. Back then the town was joined by several other communities with names …

CC Scrapbook: Vintage Centennial No.2 Edition

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We return this week with more great vintage shots from fellow explorer Paul Meier, who has been kind enough as of late to sen me a great collection of scans from photos he took of a Copper Empire in decline in the early to mid 60’s. Last week we explored …

From the Ashes (p9) – Pearce & Company

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Last up on our tour of Lake Linden’s fire ravaged downtown is a trio of buildings that occupy a prime piece of real estate in the center of the village – at the crossroads of Calumet and Center (now Fourth) just across the street from the village hall. Two of …

From the Ashes (p8) – The Therrian Building

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The great fire was a wake up call to Lake Linden, prompting the village to institute new rules and regulations when it came to what could be rebuilt in the fire’s wake. After the flames were doused and the wreckage cleared the village instituted a strict fire code along its …

From the Ashes (p7) – The Lake Linden Hotel

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Before moving on to the rest of the masonry commercial blocks to be found along the west side of Calumet Ave, we first turn eastward to the opposite side of the road to explore an area that hasn’t been so built up. In fact since the great fire only one …

From the Ashes (p6) – The Bosch Building

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Though cursed by the great fire of 1887, Lake Linden was lucky to have more then one enterprising individuals that were willing to invest in the decimated village. One of those was William Harris, who we have featured in the series previously. The second was Joseph Bosch, a person most …