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 them my way. So without further ado I present the rest of our Picturesque images…
“Black Hills Engine House – Calumet” – The Black Hills was an early name given to what would become the South Hela Mine. These shafts sits to the south end of the C&H empire, running from present day Burger King all the way down to Raymbultown. This particular building housed the Seneca and Houghton hoisting engines, along with an attached boiler house fitted with five boilers (right end of the building in the picture). This building would have sat just south of the Burger King parking lot.
“Engine Room of the Calumet and Hecla” – No idea what specific engine this is, but it is unique one due to its vertical cylinders. Also odd is that it appears to be direct acting on its own hoisting drum (on the left). Most early C&H engines worked through various belts and pulleys to run hoisting drums separate of the engine itself.
“Rock House of the Calumet and Hecla” – The “Rock House” belongs to the Hecla No.3, which sat just to the south of the current day fire station. The view above is looking southward past the shaft and towards the sprawling Fromtenac Compressor House (structure right of stack) and attached Boiler House (structure slightly behind and to left of stack). This entire complex is no more, replaced by a earth-covered pile of debris that is today a firemen’s memorial on the corner of 6th Street Extension and Mine Street – across from Burger King.
“Jumb Engine of the Calumet and Hecla” – No idea what a “jumb engine” unless it’s a type and was suppose to read “jumbo”. Once again I also don’t know what specific engine this is, but its definitely a jumb one.
“Calumet Club House – Calumet” – I’d like to think this is the current-day Miscowaubik Club, which rumor has it was originally C&H’s men’s club house. But the building looks way too different for me to be sure.
“The Rock House at Black Hills – East end of Calumet and Hecla” – Once again we’re looking at the South Hecla portion of C&H’s empire. This rock house sat at the far southern end of the property
“Grones Smelting Works – South Lake Linden” – I believe this is in actuality the C&H Smelter, located in what we know today as Hubbell (but known as South Lake Linden when this picture was taken).
“Trestle and Boiler House – Lake Linden” – The trestle seen here was the bottom end of the C&H Incline, which brought copper filled rock cars down from Lake Linden/ Calumet Hill and into the mills seen in the background. The long building behind the stack is the mills’ boiler house. The horse drawn carriage is riding long present day M-26.
“Lake Linden Stamp Mill, Lake Linden” – Another shot of the C&H mills, this one taken from the vantage point of the approach trestle. The large building straight ahead is the Calumet Mill, with the Hecla Mill sitting off frame to the right.
“Hauling Lumber to Go Into the Mines” – I believe this is the Calumet No.2 shaft house, with the Mackinac Compressor House in the background (the stack belongs to the Superior Boiler House). All these buildings are now gone, with the current elementary school and parking lot taking up the view.