Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Forgotten Boilers

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There are many like it to be found scattered across the region, a mine of such promise and hope that turns sharply into an endeavor of futility. In the case of the Carp Lake Mine, that promise wilted on a particularly difficult type of conglomerate embedded in sandstone. The mine …

The Arnold and Eagle Harbor Railroad

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Before the arrival of the Keweenaw’s first common carrier railroads – the Mineral Range – the peninsula’s transportation heritage rested solely with the variety of small, short line roads operated by mine companies. These railroads were of a singular purpose, constructed to transport mine rock from a remote mine to …

Silver Creek Culvert

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While the Portage Lift Bridge may be particularly famous as a bridge of note, the Keweenaw Peninsula’s lack of wide and deep rivers limit the amount of impressive bridges found across her extensive roadways. For the most part the bridges found throughout the peninsula are of a relatively simple and …

A Return to the Manganese Dam

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South of Copper Harbor can be found the idyllic waters of Lake Manganese, a small jewel of a lake nestled in the cradle of the surrounding hills. The lake’s geologic name is inspired by the neighboring Manganese Mine, the only mine of its type to be found in the region. …

The Sandstone Station

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Early automobiles actually had a rather healthy fuel economy, with the early Model T’s getting about 15-20 MPG and the Model A’s about 25. With standard tank sizes of ten gallons, most early cars had a rather remarkable range, an important feature when gas stations were far and in between. …

The Reverberatory Trestle

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For over 70 years the sprawling smelter complex along Portage Lake – otherwise known as the Quincy Smelting Works – processed millions of tons of copper for not only the Quincy Mine but numerous other area mines as well. In the process the complex produced over a hundred thousands tons …

A Central House

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Hidden away off the main road in the old ghost town of Central sits this interesting old home – one of hundreds that once graced the slopes of the hillside here. It seems in remarkably great shape, looking almost as if it was just built yesterday. We had stumbled across …

Ruin in the Field

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Lately we’ve briefly explored a bit of C&H’s more desperate times, with a look at one of its last great hopes in the form of the Osceola No.6. The Opechee shaft wasn’t C&H’s last attempt at finding fleeting copper riches, nor was it the first. Before the Osceola it would …