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Lost Hancock

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Our historic photographer Tom Roberts was quite the connoisseur of all things Hancock as most of the hundreds of his pictures I now have in my possession feature the old mining town and the mine that gave it birth. Those pictures span decades of time, from the 1960s up to the dawn …

Superior City

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After some absence, CCE’s reporter on the spot Craig Aldinger returns for another back woods exploring adventure. This time he takes a trek to find the old mining community of Superior City – a platt of land once serving the short lived Superior Mine.  This only took me forever and …

CC Scrapbook: Missing in Action Edition

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Our look at the lost Milwaukee Hotel along Hancock’s Aztec-inspired Tezcuco Street got me inspired to take a look at a few more lost treasures of the Copper Country – buildings and places long gone before CCE had a chance to document them. Luckily there are many other copper country …

A Copper Country Time Machine

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Tom Roberts was born and raised in Battle Creek, yet his heart was always in the Copper Country. His family was from Hancock and his grandmother lived in her family home on Lake Street overlooking the Portage. He would visit his grandmother often, and when he did he was sure …

Lakeview and its Brewery

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As the Copper Country reached the end of the 19th century, the booming village of Red Jacket and its surrounding communities had begun to reach their limits of expansion. Surrounding on all sides by mine property off limits to development, any new businesses or residents hoping to make the mining village …

See You Next Year…

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A Winter’s Nap Winter has once again laid its cold hand on the land, its harsh winds and heavy snow leaving its mark on the old Copper Country, both in this old postcard and currently as the region has received over 40 inches of snow in just the past few weeks …

A Note of Thanks…

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Dear CCE Readers… As we enter the Holiday season I thought I’d take a break from our usual programming to send a heartfelt and well deserved thank you to all of our wonderful readers! For the past five years I’ve humbly asked for your help in keeping CCE on the air, and …

Making Memories with CCE

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As a student in his first few years of coursework at Michigan Tech there were two things to do in place of studying or attending class. The first of these requires no explanation for those who also attended the old mining college. Since I didn’t drink, it would be the …

Please Support Your Local History Website!

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Ten years is a long time. In such a span of time our planet has traveled over 5 billion miles through the cosmos, and the humans that ride along have seen the sun rise and set nearly 4 thousand times. During that time we have all lived an eighth of our …

Scrapbook Fridays: Roadside Edition

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Its Friday once again, and that means another Scrapbook Friday. This week we delve back into our old postcard collection, this time taking a look at a few of the Copper Country’s roadside Americana including old bars, restaurants, stores, and motels. Most of these are no longer with us, but …

Scrapbook Fridays: Rails New and Old Edition

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With our recent look at the old Q&TL rail yards I thought we’d dig into the old mailbag to tell a few more stories relating to the Copper Country’s railroad history, via a few reader’s contributions. We start our journey with the Q&TL No.6, and a look at its restoration …

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 …

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 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 …

A Trip to the Archives

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Our man on the spot Craig Aldinger brings us another report from the his newly adopted Copper Country home, this time detailing a search for a particular photo of the Trimountain Mill. His report follows, augmented at times by my own comments (noted in italics).  This is what comes of …

New Field Guides Now Available!

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After months of work – and a few weeks of some rather limited posting here on CCE – I’m finally able to announce the release of the next three volumes in my comprehensive Copper Country exploration companion – the CCE Field Guide. The Copper Country Explorer Field Guide takes all …