Monthly Archives: March 2016

Top 10 Railroad Remains of the Copper Empire

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Its time once again for yet another installment of CCE’s Copper Country Top 10 list. With yesterday’s post detailing a few old railroad remnants found at the Quincy Mine, I thought it would be good to take a look at a few other great old railroad remnants to be found across the …

Forsaken No Longer

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The ruins at the Quincy Mine are incredibly diverse, running the gambit between massive rock houses and hoisting engines to small steam engines and underground rock cars. No matter the size or complexity, though, the Quincy Mine Hoist Association and its teams of like-minded volunteers work hard to preserve these …

A Monument of Iron and Concrete

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As the new century dawned the great Copper Empire had taken dominion of the rugged peninsula at its feet, transforming what was once a remote wilderness into an industrial megalopolis of almost Babylonian proportions. It was a landscape no longer dominated by the natural world, its prehistoric DNA shaped and altered instead by …

Anatomy of a Boiler House (p2)

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When we last left out unsung hero of the steam age we had finished exploring one of the building’s four main building blocks. While the design, layout, and equipment used within boiler houses varied, all catered to these basic components of steam production in one way or another. Essentially these components boil …

Anatomy of a Boiler House (p1)

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In the twilight years of the Victorian Age the great industrial revolution had given birth to some of the largest and most impressive steam powered engines the world had ever seen.  These monstrous machines could haul thousands of tons of freight by rail, cross the Atlantic in days, power cities, and haul rock from …

Atop the Conglomerate

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Explore the vast industrial landscape that was the C&H Conglomerate Surface Plant with this 1930s era aerial image. Hover over points of interest to learn more, or click on them to explore further.

Little Houses on the Industrial Prairie

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As Shop Street fades away along the outskirts of newly built 6th Street Extension the industrial corridor accompanying that road also transitions away as the 19th century makes way for the 21st and industry moves aside for the bastion of modern retail – the strip mall. Though the sun has set …

Scrapbook Fridays: Arcadian Edition

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It was 1898 when some of the most powerful men in America banded together to start what was hoped to be one of the greatest Copper mines in the region. These men included such industrial heavyweights as the head of the Boston Gas Light Company, Paine and Webber, the Ogden Street Railway, along …

The Shops of Shop Street

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Both the massive bulk of C&H’s machine shop and its No.1 warehouse stand tall along Mine Street, an avenue so named because it once marked the boundary between C&H’s conglomerate surface plant and the residential neighborhood bordering its eastern front – a community historically known as Hecla Location. These buildings’ …