Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Houghton County Street Railway (p1)

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The arrival of the industrial age ushered in a new era in how, and where, people congregated across the nation. As our agricultural economy transitioned to large scale manufacturing, the country’s cities began to expand exponentially. Workers flocked into cities for work, requiring a greater number of homes, apartments, stores, …

A Few More From Ahmeek

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The Ahmeek Mine grew out of the neighboring Seneca Mine, which set off the Ahmeek in 1880 to explore the Kearsarge Conglomerate lode. That lode was a bust, but a few decades later the far superior – and copper rich –  Kearsarge Amygdaloid lode was discovered. In 1903 a new …

A Drive in the Mountains (p2)

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Brockway Mountain Drive is easily the premier tourist attraction of the entire Keweenaw, providing easy access to some of the peninsula’s most incredible scenic vistas and natural wonders. From the mountain’s rolling topography can be viewed the sparkling waters of four lakes nestled in the rugged topography, as well as …

A Drive in the Mountains (p1)

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By the time the economic calamity of the 1930s struck the Keweenaw, the great Copper Empire had been in decline for nearly a decade. The plethora of mines that one dotted the peninsula’s landscape had been whittled down to just a handful, with most of those under the control of …

Scrapbook Fridays: Red Metal News Edition

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This week we feature something new, though I’ve had these particular items for over five years now. It’s copies of C&H’s employee newsletter – Red Metal News – from the 1950s and 1960s. This was a later replacement to the popular “C&H News and Views” which was distributed to employees …

The Ruins of the Champion Mine

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The Champion Mine began operations at the dawn of the 20th century, sinking four shafts along the southern end of the copper-rich Baltic Lode. The mine was a success and would become one of the region’s longest operating producers, extracting copper into the late 1960s. Yet the mine’s exceptional longevity …

The F Plant (p2)

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In the beginning the Champion Mine was built not unlike most mines of the time – in distinct slices centered around each shaft. Infrastructure such as boilers, hoisting engines, and compressors were scattered all across the property, with each shaft usually sporting its own private collection. But as the mine …

The F Plant (p1)

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The Champion Mine was one of the longest operating mines of the old empire, and was one of the last to close its doors for good. It was started in 1899 as a joint venture between the Copper Range Company – who was opening up large swaths of the southern …