Monthly Archives: September 2013

Back from the Dead

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The Quincy Roundhouse is one of many historic structures from the old Quincy Mine to have survived the last century relatively intact, thanks largely to the efforts of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association which have been caretakers of the old mine site since 1961. While originally the non-profit entity was …

Prosperity Lost (p8)

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After passing by the 1st National Bank you find yourself on the north end of 3rd street, and while the village continues for two more blocks up to 1st Street, the commercial district for all intents and purposes ends here. Besides a few buildings just across 3rd, the Laurium Commercial …

Scrapbook Friday: Square Dealing Our Motto Edition

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Its Scrapbook Friday here on CCE once again, and once again we bring you a few images from a century ago. This time we take a break from postcards to present another collection of ads found in the souvenir book “Our Boys in the Spanish American War” published in 1900 …

The First National Bank of Laurium

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Laurium’s burgeoning populace attracted many new businesses to the young village by the end of the 20th century, businesses eager to serve the hundreds of new customers the village promised. As usual banks would be one of those eager to pillage the virgin market – resulting in the formation of …

Prosperity Lost (p6) – The State Savings Bank Building

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Passing Laurium’s incredible redstone clad village hall, you find yourself arriving at the corner of 3rd and Hecla Streets – the centerpiece of Laurium’s commercial district. Like Oak Street was to neighboring Calumet, 3rd Street was the main avenue along which most visitors to Laurium would first enter the village. …

Some Old Schools of the Copper Country

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The great Copper Country needed labor to keep its engines running and the copper flowing. Luckily men from all around the globe gladly traveled to the region to help in that endeavor – their enthusiasm engorged with the promises of a better life in America. With those men came families, and later children. …

Prosperity Lost (p5) – The Laurium Village Hall

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With the old village of Calumet’s transformation into the village of Laurium, the newly minted village government built a modest two story wood-framed building to house the fire department and village offices. As the village grew so too did the village hall, with multiple renovations and additions culminating in the …

Prosperity Lost (p4)

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Following the impressive sandstone beauty that is the Marta Block our tour of Laurium follows that gem up with a pair of not so glorious buildings – though I’m sure at one time they were. Like their more illustrious neighbor to the south, both of these commercial blocks feature sandstone, …

Prosperity Lost (p3) – the Marta Block

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As we continue our tour along Laurium’s main commercial district, we come across one more name to add to our list of whose who for the old village of Calumet’s – Dominick Marta. Mr. Marta was an Italian baker who set up shop in the young village of Calumet soon …

Prosperity Lost (p2)

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As was the case with most of the Copper Country’s growing communities, the commercial district of early Calumet was molded by only a handful of influential people. In addition to Mr. Vivian, who we discussed earlier in this series, Larium’s early years was also greatly influenced by an entrepreneurial Italian …