Month: February 2013

Rails and Roads

A Touch of Class

Industry

Smelters of the Copper Country

As we noted in yesterdays post, smelting was a particularly costly enterprise that only became feasible once the mining industry…
Hancock

The Detroit and Lake Superior

In the districts early years, most copper recovered from the peninsula’s depths were shipped almost straight out of the mine…
Scrapbook

Scrapbook Friday: Postcard Edition (p2)

Another Scrapbook Friday brings another round of postcards from reader Paul Petosky (thanks again Paul!). This time we take a…
HD

The Laurium Commercial School

While Houghton had the Mining College, and Hancock Suomi College, Laurium had its own institution of higher learning in the…
Calumet

A Space Left Empty…

In a habit made completely from flammable materials – such as a forest – fire is a constant and terrifying…
Scrapbook

Scrapbook Friday: Postcard Edition (p1)

Up until the middle of the 19th century private correspondence was limited to notes in sealed envelopes, that is until…
Mass Mine

Among the Coal Fields

Stepping away from the hoist foundation we discover a scattering of concrete footings surrounding the building. These footings are adorned…
Mass Mine

On the Inside

After checking out the Mass Mine’s Hoist House from its outside, we turned our attention to what could be found…
Mass Mine

Concrete Walls

Sitting atop a rugged bluff deep within the interior of Ontonagon County sits the Mass Mine, an industrial endeavor that…
Gratiot mine

An Electric Enigma

Found just outside of the Gratiot Mine’s crumbling shaft house remains stands this enigmatic stranger – a ruin of a…
Eagle River

For the Children…

The boom and bust cycles of the mining trade are rather legendary, and the pattern was no less vicious across…