Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Gravity Stamp

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Getting copper up and out of the earth was only the first step in a long process transforming copper rock into copper ingot. That raw form of the red metal was not retrieved alone, as it was usually infused with the volcanic rock in which it formed. This secondary rock had …

The Winona Mine (p5)

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The following series is written, photographed, and illustrated by long time CCE reader and fellow Copper Country Explorer Ian Tomashik. Thank you Ian! By 1909, the Winona mine looked much as it does in the above photo (Click on the image to view full size), taken from the top of …

The Winona Mine (p4)

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The following series is written, photographed, and illustrated by long time CCE reader and fellow Copper Country Explorer Ian Tomashik. Thank you Ian! My exploration of Winona #4 was a far different experience. My visit to shaft #3 turned into a scientific investigation, while my visit to shaft #4 was …

The Winona Mine (p3)

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The following series is written, photographed, and illustrated by long time CCE reader and fellow Copper Country Explorer Ian Tomashik. Thank you Ian! The Winona mine, to accommodate its religious reliance on electric machinery, erected a massive engine house near shaft #3 to house several generators and the mine’s compressor. …

The Winona Mine (p2)

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The following series is written, photographed, and illustrated by long time CCE reader and fellow Copper Country Explorer Ian Tomashik. Thank you Ian! I began my Winona exploration at shaft #3, the easternmost, mainly because it was close to the main road through Winona Loc. and easiest to access. I …

The Winona Mine (p1)

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After our introduction to the town of Winona courtesy fellow CC explorer Jim Fruehauf, we now delve even deeper into the region and its history thanks to another long time reader and CC enthusiast – Ian Tomashik. Ian has contributed to CCE many times before, including a lengthy write-up of the Hancock Mine as well as …

Lost But Not Forgotten

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Several years back I received in the mail a package containing a collection of photos, real photos on real photo paper complete with the negatives neatly sealed in little bags. On the back of the photos were hand-written notes detailing the exploration of an old mining town that today has largely …

On Borrowed Time

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In addition to the electrolytic plant, loco house, and old furnace buildings, one other structure of note remains from the long vanished C&H smelter complex. That building is seen above, a long steel framed structure sitting along a steep hillside. This is the facility’s mineral house, a structure used to …

A Smelter’s Legacy

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In the beginning the great C&H relied on a third party to smelt its copper – the Detroit and Lake Superior Smelter in Ripley. This arrangement would not last long, as C&H’s quickly got to thinking that it could smelt its own copper at its own facility at far less …