Monthly Archives: May 2016

A Trip to the Archives

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Our man on the spot Craig Aldinger brings us another report from the his newly adopted Copper Country home, this time detailing a search for a particular photo of the Trimountain Mill. His report follows, augmented at times by my own comments (noted in italics).  This is what comes of …

The Immortal Remains

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The Conglomerate Mine was the Delaware’s last hope, but it was attempt that was equally as short lived as its predecessors. In just four short years the company burned through over a million dollars of capital with no profit to be made. It would close its doors in 1884 and …

Worth the Price of Admission (p2)

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While impressive, the old pump house ruins aren’t the only remains of the Conglomerate Mine operation to be found along the Delaware Mine surface tour. If you continue on past those ruins and follow the marked path farther into the surrounding forest you’ll soon find yourself looking out at an even …

Worth the Price of Admission (p1)

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Traveling into the Keweenaw northern reaches will eventually bring you to a large sign along the road adorned with the a small wooden shaft house. The sign directs your attention down a side road, noting the presence of a mine tour. Following its advice you find yourself rumbling along an …

The Ahmeek Mill (p2)

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From the basketball court of the Tamarack City Park the remains of the Ahmeek Mill loom ominously on the horizon half shrouded in a scattering of trees and brush. A waist level wall of concrete keeps those ruins safely out of reach, the remains of the mill’s complementing pump house. …

The Ahmeek Mill (p1)

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The allure of the Copper Country doesn’t lie in its history alone, as interesting as that history may be. What makes the region so unique is how that history haunts the landscape of today, an afterimage of the past etched into the peripheral of the present day. One of the greatest …

In the Shadow of the Empire

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After the Copper Empire’s abandonment the little mill town of Tamarack City found itself without its major employer. Many of the town’s residents soon followed in the exodus, and before long the town’s businesses which relied on those residents closed their doors in turn. What was once a small but …

New Field Guides Now Available!

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After months of work – and a few weeks of some rather limited posting here on CCE – I’m finally able to announce the release of the next three volumes in my comprehensive Copper Country exploration companion – the CCE Field Guide. The Copper Country Explorer Field Guide takes all …