Monthly Archives: August 2016

Jacob’s Temple

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Jacob Gartner was one of Hancock’s most prolific businessman, first arriving to the bustling mining town in the early 1880s. He and his 14 year old son got straight to work selling door-to-door as a street peddler. It was a vocation that Mr. Gartner proved highly skilled at, aided greatly by his ability to …

A Highway Location

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It was in 1861 that the state of Michigan authorized the appropriation of swamp lands to Houghton and Keweenaw Counties  for the construction of a “Mineral Range State Road” – a publicly built wagon road connecting mines and mine towns up and down the Keweenaw from Copper Harbor to Houghton. The road became …

A Tour of the Red Jacket Fire Hall (p2)

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While the first floor of the Red Jacket Fire Station may have been dedicated to the tools of the trade – vehicles and the horses which pulled them – the upper floor was designed for human occupation. For a full time firefighting force like the one Red Jacket employed, this …

A Tour of the Red Jacket Fire Hall (p1)

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Before it was known as Calumet, the small commercial settlement bordering the Calumet and Hecla Mines was known as Red Jacket. Back then it was just a ramshackle collection of wood framed buildings, haphazardly aligned along a series of primitive dirt streets surrounded by cow pastures. In 1870 a small brush fire …

The Hand-Powered Pumper

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In colonial times fire fighting was nothing more technologically advanced as a collection of buckets and a crowd of men. Known as a  “bucket brigade” these men would simply pass buckets full of water between themselves from a water source to the fire, dousing flames one bucket at a time.  It was …

An American LaFrance in Calumet

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In 1873 a man by the name of Truckson LaFrance founded the LaFrance Manufacturing company, which primarily built hand-powered fire fighting equipment. With the popularity of steam-powered equipment rising, LaFrance expanded its operations into the new field and began building steam powered engines of its own. In 1903 the company merged with the …

Guess Who’s Ten Today?

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This week is very special here on CCE, as it’s the time of the year when we celebrate yet another year of exploring the history and heritage of the Copper Country. It was this week – the first week of August –  that CCE’s first exploration was posted to the world wide web way back in …