Month: October 2012

Lake Mine

The Colossus

In the grand scheme of the copper empire the Lake Mine just east of Mass City was not particularly important.…
Chassell

The Hiawatha

Though blank today, this worn and forgotten sign was once emblazon with a large Indian Chief’s head and the words…
Locations

What Lies Atop Six Mile Hill?

Six miles south of Houghton the flat plateau of the southern Portage Valley rises abruptly up a series of rugged…
Eagle River

James & Henry

It was a typical hot summer’s day in the Keweenaw when two young teenagers – James Fezzey and Henry Hart…
Mines

A Quincy Enigma

Found in the shadow of the great Quincy No.2 shaft/rock house was this interesting wooden artifact partially obscured by a…
Lake Mine

The Stack

The Lake Mine is a site of extremes, an obscene ruin-scape of boisterous monstrosity. Everything is bigger-then-life from its soaring…
Lake Mine

The Roof Vent

The great machines of the Copper Empire were powered by steam, a fuel source that by its very nature tends…
Hancock

The Quincy Pump House

This rather handsome small sandstone building along Hancock’s waterfront appears at first glance to be an old garage, one recently…
Calumet

Pillsbury’s Best

In the later 1860’s Minneapolis had become a major player in the flour milling industry. The city was home to…
Carp Mill

If the Shoe Fits…

The mines and mills of the Copper Country may have been abandoned decades ago, but echoes from their exploits still…
Mass Mine

A Mass(ive) Rock House

The Mass Mine sits atop a massive rocky bluff overlooking the quaint little town of Mass, and as such was…
Calumet

A Few Additions…

As the copper empire’s fortunes grew, so too did the collection of once modest mining towns scattered across the peninsula.…
Hancock

The Hosking House

Sandstone was a particularly expensive and unwieldy construction material, usually reserved for structures built with some rather substantial financial backing.…
Lake Mine

The Tunnel

At the turn of the century the heart of any mine operation was its steam plant, a battery of coal-fed…
Industry

Piece of Slag

Mining is a messy business, an industry that discards an exceptionally large amount of waste product for such a minuscule…