Monthly Archives: November 2012

Trunkline Bridge No.8

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Though existing for some time prior, the automobile could never gain popular support until there was a network of good roads on which those early machines could safely travel. The state of Michigan would supply those roads starting in 1913, when the State Trunk Line Act was passed. The act …

Jim McClure

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Jim McClure immigrated to the United States in 1887, beckoned to the bustling town of Red jacket by the promises of a burgeoning Copper Empire. He was the son of a Scottish harness maker, and upon setting foot on American soil went straight to work following in his father’s footsteps. …

The Opechee

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According to legend, the Robin was a bird in search of purpose who found his calling in his unique ability to sense the approach of spring. As the robin arrived the rest of the bird kingdom would soon follow, secure in the knowledge that springs bounty was soon upon them. …

The Ahmeek Pay Office

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The Ahmeek Mine was bred from the old Seneca Mine, one of several properties the old behemoth had cast aside in the 1880’s. The mine struggled along for some time until the discovery of the copper-rich Kearsarge lode in the early 1900’s. The mine sunk two shafts into this new …

The Walls of Nonesuch

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For the most part the ruins and remains of the great Copper Empire lie shrouded and hidden deep in the wooded recesses of the peninsula. They often stand on private land, off limits and away from view. Most disturbingly most of those ruins will eventually disappear as progress and the …

A Past Not So Pretty

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Returning to the Eagle River Cemetery we find another reminder of the Copper Country’s legacy of toil and turmoil, a trait of the region that the Jennings family unfortunately knew all too well. This simple grave marker is only one of dozens upon dozens like it that litter cemeteries all …

An Old Church

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The passage of time has eroded away a great deal of the Copper Country’s heritage. While the sprawling infrastructure of the great Copper Empire may take up most of our time here on CCE, there has been much more allowed to vanish into history as time marched on. Most notable …

The Phoenix School

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The sign alongside the highway proudly declares you’ve arrived to the town of Phoenix, as you’re welcomed by a quaint country church and a small general store across the street. Yet don’t let its diminutive scope deceive you, as the town was once a rather large and bustling center of …