Michael Forgrave

Quincy Mine

The House of Three Faces

The Pewabic Mine’s legacy is forever memorialized by the great copper bearing lode that shares its name. Unfortunately the young…
Lac La Belle

Jackson’s Park

John Jackson was a Copper Country native, born in the booming mining town of Mohawk in 1901. After obtaining degrees…
Calumet

The Lady in Red

In order for a business to survive it obviously needs customers with money to spend and an inclination for doing…
CCE Notes

A Rest for the Weary

Before the arrival of the railroad, travel across the sprawling mining lands of the Keweenaw was an arduous affair. For…
Industry

Supply Lines

As we continue our fresh look at CCE’s earliest posts we stumble across our first exploration of one of the…
Articles

A Walk Up Quincy Creek

Earlier this month CCE quietly passed another milestone as it entered yet another year of copper country exploring after an incredible…
Alberta

The Alberta Visitor’s Center

The small community of Alberta in Baraga County was not only a functioning industrial village, it was also an utopian…
Alberta

The Alberta Village

Situated deep in the wilderness of Baraga County far removed from civilization lies an upper peninsula peculiarity. Its very existence defies convention,…
Articles

A Visit with the Number Six

The Quincy No.6 has been a regular staple on the pages of CCE, dating back to her first appearance in…
Hancock

The Great Copper Tower

Hancock’s rise to power and prestige was a quick one. Within just a couple of decades the small mining town…
Hancock

Along the Three Hundred

Hancock’s original plat was a mere five blocks long, bordered on both sides by mine-owned lands belonging to the Quincy…
Articles

Lost Hancock

Our historic photographer Tom Roberts was quite the connoisseur of all things Hancock as most of the hundreds of his pictures I…
Hancock

The Funkey Block

The fires that ravaged the 200 block of Hancock’s Quincy Street were almost complete in their destruction. Over a dozen…
Hancock

The Replacements

The purge of the 200 block did not come all at once but instead it occurred systematically over nearly half…
Hancock

Forged From Fire

Fire has always been a constant danger to old mining communities in the Copper Country. To make the matter more…
Hancock

Downtown Hancock (p2)

Quincy Street’s 100 block grew quickly, forming a dense commercial corridor early in Hancock’s history. Most of that was due…
Hancock

Downtown Hancock (p1)

The Copper Empire hit its peak in the early 1910s, a time when employment and opportunity was at its greatest…
Hancock

The Wright Block and Gartner’s Department Store

The First National Bank building at the corner of Quincy and Reservation was not the first home of the financial…
Hancock

At the Crossroads

Hancock’s precarious perch along the steep slopes of Quincy Hill greatly constrained the young village’s original platt. As such the only…
Hancock

The Scott Hotel

In 1906 the Copper Country was all grown up. As the new century dawned what was once nothing more then a…
Hancock

The Quincy Ravine

The land on which the city of Hancock currently stands was once all owned by a young Quincy Mining Company,…
Guest Post

Superior City

After some absence, CCE’s reporter on the spot Craig Aldinger returns for another back woods exploring adventure. This time he…
Houghton

The Mansions of College Ave

Unlike its neighbor across the pond, Houghton’s origins were not tied directly to any mine company. It was instead born…
Articles

CC Scrapbook: Missing in Action Edition

Our look at the lost Milwaukee Hotel along Hancock’s Aztec-inspired Tezcuco Street got me inspired to take a look at…
Hancock

The Lost Temple of Tezcuco

The Acolhua people were one of the three “city-states” to once control the Valley of Mexico – the highland plateau…