Monthly Archives: February 2014

Scrapbook Fridays: Bitter Cold Edition

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The winter of 2014 will no doubt go down as one of the coldest and snowiest on record, as even here in Traverse City it looks like the Keweenaw outside. Winter is no stranger to the Copper Country, however, and it has been an integral part of the region’s character …

On the Waterfront (p3) – Warehouse Row

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Hancock was platted atop a narrow ledge of land sitting high up a ridge overlooking  the Portage, a proverbial  city on a hill. This elevated position meant that access to the waterfront was limited to just a few streets cutting down the ridge: Reservation, Ravine, and Tezcuco. With the railroad …

On the Waterfront (p2)

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Having been born from the bosom of the Quincy Mining Company, the village of Hancock was faced with some particular problems most of its neighbors – especially its neighbor across the canal – did not share. The most notable of these was perhaps land as the village was not only …

Scrapbook Fridays: 12 Cent Copper Edition

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Scrapbook Friday time once again, and this week we take a visit to the goings on in and around C&H in February of 1946 – thanks to a copy of the company newsletter “C&H News and Views”. The big news of the day is the soon to expire government price …

On the Waterfront (p1)

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The exodus of mills from the Portage Valley left large swaths of lakeshore empty and undeveloped, and it wasn’t long before new industry swept in to take its place.  Yet along the Hancock side at least, the old mining landscape had been augmented by a wide variety of other industries …

The Revolution in the Valley

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The Keweenaw Peninsula garnered its name from the native population who referred to the long finger of land as “Kee-wi-wai-non- ing”, roughly translated as the “place where portage is made”. Those early people would forgo traveling around the long finger of land in favor of a direct route straight through …

Scrapbook Fridays: Picturesque Edition (p2)

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For this week’s scrapbook we return to our Albertype Company Picturesque of the Copper Country, featuring a collection of images taken at the dawn of the Copper Empire. Thanks once again to long time reader and friend to this site Craig Aldinger for fixing up these great pics and sending …

The Croatian Co-Operative

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The idea of the great American melting pot was more myth than reality, at least in the short term. While today the country’s variety of cultures and ethnicity has homogenized somewhat, America at the turn of the nineteenth century was a different story altogether. This was especially true for the …

Scrapbook Fridays: Picturesque Edition (p1)

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This week on Scrapbook we take a look far back in the Copper Country’s past, with a collection of great photos taken of the region while the great C&H was still in its infancy. The year was 1891 and the newly formed Albertype Company had begun traveling the country taking …

The Calumet and Hecla Library

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Almost a full decade before Carnegie money found its way to the Copper Country, it was financial support from another capitalist with more local ties that brought the first dedicated library building to the region. That man was Alexander Agassiz, president of the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company. Like Carnegie, …

The Carnegie Library

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Andrew Carnegie’s first experience with the industrial revolution occurred in his youth, back at his home in Scottland. His father – who was in the textile business – had been taken off guard by the mechanization of his industry and as a result was forced out of business by the …