Monthly Archives: May 2015

Lighthouses of the Copper Country

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When the Keweenaw’s copper riches were first discovered, the peninsula was a remote and wild place hundreds of miles from civilization of any kind.  The only way to travel to such a remote land was by lake freighter, a difficult trip made even more treacherous by the unpredictable weather and …

Boston’s Mill

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The Albany and Boston’s arrival to the marshy lands north of Hancock ushered in a major transformation to the once wild landscape. The most notable of these changes involved the erection of a large dam across the headwaters of a small creek, an action which created a 140 acre reservoir …

Through Good Times and Bad

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Today it is nothing more then a small collection of houses lining a desolate and quite stretch of road. It exists far from any major road or railway, and for most people visiting the Keweenaw its a place that will never enter their field of vision. Yet more then a …

Snow and Ice

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Photo courtesy Superiorland Library Cooperative, Andrew C. Curto Collection The Houghton County Street Railway was not incredibly remarkable , it was just one of  hundreds of such street railways that were being put into service all across the country. Like the steam railways before it and like the automobile to …

A Trolley Ride (p11)

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After leaving Mohawk it took us another hour to make the return trip back to the Calumet metropolitan area. As we once again approach the Albion Station wye our car makes a right turn, and slows to a stop at the northern side of the station. From here our car …

A Trolley Ride (p10)

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Over the course of the summer of 1908 a five mile extension of track was built along the Houghton County Street Railway, connecting Mohawk to the rest of the already established system. It was the last section of track to be built for the line, but the first for the …

A Trolley Ride (p9)

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Moving past the Florida car barn and substation the street railway enters the population center of the entire peninsula – the sprawling metropolis known collective as Calumet. In reality Calumet is a smorgasbord of communities, villages, and mining locations scattered around the great C&H Mine which anchors Calumet’s center. In …