Monthly Archives: April 2015

A Trolley Ride (p8) – The Substation

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With our journey along the Lake Linden Branch finished, our return trip back up the hill to Laurium took another half hour. It was slightly before 10 am by the time we arrived at the top of the hill and Lake Linden Junction. If we were to return to Houghton …

A Trolley Ride (p7)

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Having made our way down the steep hillside our street car finally enters the village limits of Lake Linden, though at its far northern end. We roll past a few homes along 13th Street before making a right turn onto the village’s main thoroughfare – Calumet Ave. This street runs …

A Trolley Ride (p6)

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The Lake Linden Branch was first proposed by the Houghton Country Street Railway Company in 1901, used as a bargaining chip in its attempt to acquire franchise rights through Laurium’s public thoroughfares. The ploy worked, but the line itself wouldn’t come to fruition for another two years. By then Torch …

A Trolley Ride (p5)

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Photo courtesy Superiorland Library Cooperative, Andrew C. Curto Collection After our brief stop at Electric Park, our motorman once again starts up the street car again and we continue along our journey. North of the park our car passes through a narrow tunnel lined with trees and brush on either …

Scrapbook Fridays: Electric Park Memories Edition

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Back before I had even begun my 14 part opus on the Houghton County Streetcar, I received a nice email from reader Robert Muraski whose wife had written a short historical reminence  on Electric Park several years ago. While she had planned on publishing it, she never got around to …

A Trolley Ride (p4) – Electric Park

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While it may be nice to envision the rise of electric railways in terms of  private companies investing in the public good, in most cases electric railways were attempts by electric light companies to create additional demand for their power. At the dawn of electricity, the new  power source was …

A Trolley Ride (p3)

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Moving past the Hancock Car Barn, our Lake Linden bound street car turns eastward towards the collection of mining communities located atop Quincy Hill. Along the way we pass by the towering rock house of the Hancock Mine and its equally impressive surface plant. Here we leave the surface streets …

A Trolley Ride (p2) – The Car Barn

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Photo courtesy Superiorland Library Cooperative, Andrew C. Curto Collection The car barn was a street railway’s home, its center of operations and the point which all the line’s cars would find themselves at the end of the day. Cars would be stored here during the night hours, uncoupled from the …

A Trolley Ride (p1)

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Though not the largest in the state the 32 miles of track that make up the Houghton Country Traction Company electric railway manage to travel across a great swath of the peninsula,  making its way through several dozen towns, cities, mines, and rural areas in the process. The line is …

The Houghton County Street Railway (p2)

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At its height, the great Copper Empire was home to nearly a hundred thousand people. Most of those people lived within a narrow 30 mile tract of land between the Portage to the south and the Allouez Gap near the Keweenaw County line. Along this region operated more then two …