Monthly Archives: May 2013

Scrapbook Friday: Down By the Docks Edition

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After our look at the Quincy Dock this week, I thought our weekly collection of postcards should focus in on various other shipping docks in the region, and there were many to choose from. The Keweenaw’s remote location meant that the majority of cargo in and out of the peninsula …

Dockside at the Quincy Smelter

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After having been dug out of the ground, milled and smelted, copper’s last stop before leaving the region was one of several shipping docks found alongside the waterways of the peninsula. Here copper ingots, cakes and rods were piled high to wait for a ride on an outgoing freighter and …

One Last Thing…

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Before leaving behind the old Gratiot Hoist we find one last interesting article that perks our curiosity. Sitting alongside the building’s north wall we find a series of squat concrete pedestals atop a small concrete pad, a collection of ruins that look to have been part of an old addition …

Scrapbook Friday: Hancock Edition

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Scrapbook Friday returns from a long baby hiatus with a return to our incredible post card collection provided to us from Paul Petosky. Today we focus on the city of Hancock, which for many years was in fact larger and more populous then its sister town across the Portage. Unfortunately …

Into The Pit

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With the majority of the hoist foundation’s topside explored, it was time to drop down into the “pit” and check out the rest. The “pit” is the part of the foundation that makes the middle part of the “H” shape. It is raised up higher the the surrounding basement, but …

Back on Top

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Emerging out of the dark tunnels underneath the Gratiot Mine’s hoist building we find ourselves walking within a narrow trench along the front of the structure. At first we thought we were trapped with no way up to the top, but thankfully the outside foundation wall is lower here then …

In the Trenches

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It lay shrouded in a green veil of brush and foliage, the surrounding trees and grass cuddled up close to its pale gray walls. It was a surreal sight to behold after exiting the dark dampness of the woods surrounding it, a thundering announcement of man’s presence in the wilderness …