Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Top 10 Old Schools of the Copper Country

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The great Copper Empire was spread far and wide, its reach extending from the ragged peaks of the Porcupine Mountains to the rocky shores of the Keweenaw’s tip. Hundreds of mines and mills were once scattered all across this vast landscape, each complimented by small communities of workers’ housing. Often …

The Gay School (p2)

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For the several hundred students who once attended the school in Gay, this would be their first view of their educational day. Morning bell brought kids through this main door, providing egress into the building they would spend the next 8 hours of their day. Though picturesque today, a century ago …

The Gay School (p1)

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The extreme remoteness of the Mohawk and Wolverine Mills along the Keweenaw’s South Shore meant that the accompanying village of Gay was a dozen miles of thick forest and sprawling swampland from the rest of the Copper Empire . Such remoteness meant that the village had to be incredibly self-reliant, with …

The Happiest Place on Earth

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Before teaming up with William Paine to help form the great Copper Range mining company, John Stanton’s first partner in crime was a fellow New Yorker by the name of Joseph Gay. Together Stanton and Gay were a formidable team, bringing success and profit to a great many Copper Country mines …

The South Shore

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fi The great geological upheaval which formed the Keweenaw created a peninsula of two distinct characters. Along its northern edge a ragged and rocky spine rises several hundred feet into the air, a massive outcropping of volcanic rock that is home to the peninsula’s great copper riches. It’s along this rugged spine and the …