Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Survivors

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Once the south side of Lake Linden was home to a sprawling industrial complex of massive buildings, miles of criss-crossing railroad tracks, and a soaring grove of soot-spewing smokestacks. This was C&H’s contribution to Lake Linden’s skyline, a trio of industrial buildings that once housed the mine’s mills and reclamation …

From Petrol to Coffee

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With the arrival of the automobile came the need forfilling stations, and in a town as densely built up as Red Jacket was by the turn of the century finding space for those stations was a bit of a challenge. Adding to that challenge was a requirement that those stations …

The Wheel

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Its always a surreal experience to be hiking deep in the Copper Country backcountry miles from any form of civilization and come across discarded and forgotten pieces of industry just laying about the forest floor. It seems incredible that the thick forests and rugged landscape around us was once home …

Keebler’s Bumper

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It lies half buried and forgotten, covered in decades’ worth of shifting stamp sands and scattering debris at the head of the Quincy Smelter’s dock. In its current state it appears to be nothing more then a hefty iron block supported by several equally formidable iron posts, but the clues …

The Centenarian Road

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With the increasing popularity and adoption of the automobile for transportation, much of the nations roadways that had previously been built for horse and buggy traffic had become woefully obsolete. The dirt roads and pathways of the past were quickly chewed up and degraded into nothing more then mud pits, …

A Survivor’s Story

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With the arrival of C&H’s mills to the area in the late 1860’s, what was once a predominantly French-Canadian community found itself besieged by a more diverse group of immigrants looking for work in the newly opened mills. As the village expanded in response, new organizations and businesses developed that …

A Giant Among Giants

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A ruin-scape of such scope and magnitude as we’ve been exploring at the Lake Mine deserve one more look before moving on. It’s hard to comprehend the sheer immensity of these ruins until you’re standing in their shadows, staring high up above you at their soaring reach. The No.2 Rock …

A Portal to the Depths

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While the colossus rock house foundations had deservedly garnered much of our earlier attention at the Lake Mine, our eyes had been redirected to another impressive mass of concrete sitting a bit apart from all the action. Based on its location we knew what it had to be, but the …

The Colossus Returns

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When we last visited the old Lake Mine down in the remote depths of Ontonagon County we had taken a look at a pair of incredibly massive rock house foundations rising up from the earth at the old No.2 shaft location. Yet those towering monoliths were only part of the …

Columns and Capitals

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As the peninsulas more affluent neighborhood it was no surprise that Laurium’s business district was anchored by two grandiose bank buildings, each apparently built to overshadow their neighbor across the street. On the one corner we have the terra-cotta glazed First National Bank Building built in 1907, and on the …