Michael Forgrave

Mines

The Quincy Dry House

CCE takes another look at the remains of the Quincy Mine's old dry house - now in HD.
Franklin Jr. Mine

The Wall

After four years of exploring the Copper Country the moments where I find something that truly amazes me are starting…
Franklin Jr. Mine

The Other Stack

Standing 80 feet in the air, the concrete stack at the Franklin Jr. No.1 surface plant has become a Boston…
Franklin Jr. Mine

The Boiler House

The No.1 surface plant consisted not only of the engine house but also a rather large boiler house as well.…
Franklin Jr. Mine

Caught Between Two Worlds…

As we pushed onward towards that concrete stack beckoning us from the distance the sun was beginning to dip behind…
Franklin Jr. Mine

A Foundation Saved

While heading eastward towards that gleaming concrete tower in the distance were were first confronted with what we thought was…
Franklin Jr. Mine

A Shaft on the Pewabic

The Franklin’s early mining efforts along the Albany and Boston property were a convoluted mess of failed starts and resets.…
Boston

The Boston Store

The old town of Boston was named after the New England metropolis from which most of the Albany & Boston’s…
Franklin Jr. Mine

A Phantom Stack

At the beginning the Franklin Jr. concentrated the majority of its efforts along a northern extension of the Pewabic Lode,…
Franklin Jr. Mine

Franklin Jr. Revisited

It was in 1860 that the small mining location of Boston was born along a swampy stretch of land several…
Central Mine

What Remains…

This snowy landscape was captured during a snowshoe trip taken last year – just before Christmas – showcasing the Copper…
Mines

A Bunker in the Woods

Nestled deep within the wooded slopes of Tamarack Hill on the outskirts of the Swedetown trails stands a concrete oddity.…
Industry

Dams Along the Manganese

Sitting at the head waters of Manganese Creek along the south shore of Lake Manganese runs a small footbridge, which…
Clark Mine

The Other Stack that Clark Built

Before becoming a French enterprise, and long before the influence of Mr. Estivant, the Clark Mine was just another small…
Clark Mine

The Stack that Clark Built

The copper rush that descended upon the Keweenaw in the second half of the 19th century was a global phenomenon.…
Industry

Parting Shots (p2)

Continuing our final look at some of the various odds and ends scattered about the Quincy Smelting Works we take…
Industry

Parting Shots (p1)

Before leaving behind the Quincy Smelter for good I thought I’d share a collection of random shots from throughout the…
Industry

Tramways (p2)

The slag skimmed from the furnaces was not simply a waste product that could be disposed of right away. While…
Industry

Tramways (p1)

The Quincy Smelting Works is a large and expansive complex, one that is not only home to furnace buildings and…
Industry

The Support Buildings (p3)

While most of the Quincy Smelters support buildings run along a line at the facility’s west end, a few others…
Industry

The Support Buildings (p2)

Of all the various support buildings that litter the Quincy Smelting Works one particular model stands out over the rest.…
Industry

The Support Buildings (p1)

As we exited the boiler complex we were leaving behind the last of the Quincy Smelter’s main production facilities. But…
Industry

The Boiler Complex (p2)

For the last three years at CCE I’ve had the misfortune of coming across more than a few boiler ruins,…
Industry

The Boiler Complex (p1)

Every mine and mill in the copper country required power. In the early days that power was mechanically based, utilizing…
Industry

Smelter Tech: The Corliss Engine

While James Watt’s improvements to the steam engine may have been responsible for giving birth to the industrial revolution it…