Monthly Archives: August 2013

Prosperity Lost (p1)

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When Captain Vivian built his store along the newly formed Village of Calumet’s eastern end, the village was still only a child. But with Vivian’s success came a wave of imitators who arrived to Hecla Street to build their own American Dream in a brave new world outside C&H’s influence. …

Where It All Began

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The Laurium Mining Company was just another in a long line of speculative ventures launched at the dawn of the Keweenaw’s mineral rush, purchasing two sections of land in an area just to the east of the village of Red Jacket. The company used one section for its mine, while …

A Closer Look at Pewabic and Third

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One of the more unique houses on our list of Laurium’s rich and famous is this interesting building residing at the corner of Pewabic and Third. The home is the Vivian House, and was built by the son of Captain Johnson Vivian. While not the largest or most opulent of …

Homes of the Rich and Famous

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As with most American communities, the Red Jacket region was starkly divided by class and social standing. While the village itself was predominantly home to immigrants and laborers, the same couldn’t be said for the neighboring community of Laurium. The Beverly Hills of the Copper Country, this sprawling residential area …

Making Room For Progress

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In 1966 president Lyndon Johnson signed into law the National Historic Preservation Act, a particularly meaty piece of legislation that served to help identify and protect the nation’s inventory of historically significant resources. It was in many ways a reaction to the consequences of post-war “urban renewal” and “modernization” programs, …

The Michigan College of Mines (p3)

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For a decade the campus of the Michigan College of Mines remained frozen in time, anchored by the soaring tower of the college’s iconic main hall – Hubbell Hall. Joining that prestigious building was a company of stately structures each dedicated to a particular discipline within the college – one …

The Michigan College of Mines (p2)

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As the century turned and the Victorian age reached its twilight years, the Copper Country experienced a spring bloom as the mining industry in the region began to flourish. As the mines multiplied, so too did the need for trained mining engineers and technically skilled workers and the Michigan College …