Monthly Archives: July 2016

Top 10 Most Iconic Copper Country WPA Projects

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While the Great Depression greatly effected the entire nation during the 1930s, the Copper Empire was especially hard hit. As copper prices plummeted, mine after mine was forced to shut their doors and lay off their workforce. At the Depression’s peak virtually every mine, mill, and smelter in the region had closed its …

Scrapbook Fridays: Best Days Behind Her Edition

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Yet again today’s scrapbook comes to us courtesy local CC enthusiast and photographer Paul Meier, whose last contribution took us on a tour of the C&H Railroad at the twilight of its existence. Today he turns his attention to the surface plant of the mine itself, a collection of buildings which once …

The U.S.S. Kearsarge

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The first Kearsarge was built in 1861 and took the form of a sloop-of-war, a three masted wooden warship carrying up to eighteen canons. It served in the American Civil war as a confederate hunter – cruising European waters in search of confederate ships.  The second Kearsarge was a industrial era …

The East Hancock Stairway

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For most visitors to Hancock the first thing that welcomes them after crossing the bridge is a steep hillside lined by a long concrete retaining wall adorned with “Welcome to the City of Hancock” in big white letters. This wasn’t always the case, however, as most visitors to the city for most of …

Out of the Shadows

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Normally the remnants of logging aren’t exactly the type of picturesque setting one looks forward to when walking along a Copper Country trail. In this case, however, as I strolled along the old Keweenaw Central right-of-way last month it was something I was looking forward to with great anticipation. When …

A Stroke of Bad Luck

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Before the copper-rich lodes of the peninsula’s interior had been discovered, early Copper Country mines had to deal with the far less predictable fissure deposits found along the peninsula’s northern reaches. These were highly hit or miss prospects, and even if copper was initially found, finding enough to provide a mine …

In Situ (p2)

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The Carp Mill ruins feature an incredible collection of Civil War era industrial equipment, all of which continue to stand along the banks of the Carp River largely ignored by the passage of time. These archaic pieces of steam technology represent the types of machines one would expect to find …

In Situ (p1)

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To describe the remains of the Carp Mill to be off the beaten path would be an incredible understatement, as the remains lie deep within the rugged hills of the Porcupine Mountains  in an area largely untouched by man in the century since the mine’s abandonment. Only after driving several miles up …