Monthly Archives: September 2012

The House on the Hill

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It stands alone and secluded atop a low hill like a medieval European castle. A large expanse of manicured lawn sprinkled with trees and a few flower beds encircle its wood framed walls. A large sturdy fence lines the outer perimeter, a moat built to discourage trespassing livestock and men. …

An Old Pit at the Carp

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The Carp Mine was just one of several that embarked out into the rugged wilderness of what is now the Porcupine Mountains in search of copper riches. It was the 1860’s, a decade before the realization would set in that there was no riches to be found in these prickly …

Copper Falls Mill Stack

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Deep within a twisted tangle of cedar and spruce bordering Owl Creek can be found this interesting artifact from a more industrious time. It lays broken and scattered within a deep ravine once traverse by an ancient stream. Painted with a deep rust hue, dented and damaged, and overgrown with …

The Quello Arch

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Bartholomew Quello was an Italian teamster who sailed west in search of fame and fortune in the new world when he was only 23 years old. He arrived to the shores of the Keweenaw with only a quarter to his name, or so the common story seems to go. The …

Nonesuch Pits As This

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The great copper empire may have been left for dead after C&H’s demise, but it still had a good 30 years of life left to it thanks to the unlikely success of the White Pine Mine near Silver City. Unlikely because of the incredibly uncooperative nature of the copper ore …

The Chief

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As the copper hunters descended down upon the upper peninsula they found themselves traveling across lands occupied by the Anishinaabe, a native people that came to the Lake Superior lands generations earlier. Those early industrialists were particularly intrigued by the Anishinaabe culture and language, and utilized native terminology to both …