Month: June 2014

Houghton

Another Houghton Depot

When the Marquette, Houghton and Ontonagon Railroad arrived to Houghton around 1883 the line’s terminus was at the eastern outskirts…
Houghton

Down by the Docks (p6) – The Warehouse District

The first railroad to find its way to Houghton was the Marquette, Houghton and Ontonagon Railroad, which in 1883 built…
Houghton

Down by the Docks (p5)

Before the arrival of the first swing bridge over the canal, the waterfront area along the 100 block of Houghton’s…
Copper Range Railroad

Down by the Docks (p4)

A century ago the east end of the Copper Range rail yard was a center of activity, home to not…
Houghton

A Ramp to Nowhere

The Copper Range depot was built at the far eastern end of its rail yards, just a short distance from…
Copper Range Railroad

The Copper Range Depot

When the Copper Range reached its northern terminus at Houghton it built itself a sprawling lakeside rail yard just west…
Copper Range Railroad

Down By the Docks (p3) – The Copper Range Rail Yard

The Copper Range railroad was relatively late to the party, having been preceded by three other railroads by the time…
Houghton

Down by the Docks (p2) – The M. Van Orden Company

Most people know it simply as “Chutes and Ladders”, a massive mountain of slides and stairways overlooking the Portage on…
Houghton

Down by the Docks (p1)

A pioneering New Yorker by the name of Ransom Shelden was one of the first white settlers to arrive to…