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“Probably the best thing that has come out of my experience with Explorer has been the contact with other people who share the same passion and curiosity about the Copper Country as I do. I am not the first to explore this haunted landscape and will not be the last. What draws me into the woods and back-alleys of the Keweenaw draws many other people from all around this country as well. Because of this, I have decided share this website with my fellow explorers and dedicated readers through a series I call Copper Country Scrapbook.”

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Scrapbook Fridays: Arcadian Edition

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It was 1898 when some of the most powerful men in America banded together to start what was hoped to be one of the greatest Copper mines in the region. These men included such industrial heavyweights as the head of the Boston Gas Light Company, Paine and Webber, the Ogden Street Railway, along …

Scrapbook Fridays: Land of Paradise Edition

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Soon after moving to Traverse City we headed out for a season of garage sale-ing in our new home only to discover a piece of our old home popping up in most unexpected of places. At a home selling  a large amount of art and antiques we discover a small …

Scrapbook Fridays: Tamarack Mills Edition

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In the search for the Christmas decorations in the basement, I had stumbled across a box of stuff from our old house that I had forgotten to unpack since our move under da bridge. Inside I found a good amount of old CCE research material as well as an old recordable CD. …

Scrapbook Fridays: Birds-Eye Edition

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Another Scrapbook Friday finds us diving one more time into the old Copper Country postcard bag, courtesy fellow CC enthusiast Paul Petosky. This week we take a look at postcards which show a more wider view – normally referred to as “Birds-Eye Views” in postcard parlance. These images showcase a Copper …

Scrapbook Fridays: Horizon is Bright Edition

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For this week’s Scrapbook Friday I thought we could return to the good old days once gain by means of the old C&H News and Views company newsletter (Thanks yet again Gordy!). This time he year is 1943 and the war in both Europe and the Pacific continues to wage. Back …

Homeward Bound

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An integral component of any mining empire was the railroad. These iron beasts of burden worked tirelessly to transport materials between not only mines and mills but also between city and countryside and region to region. Though indispensable, they were not  immortal. As the empire died so too did the railroads, and …

Scrapbook Fridays: Inbox Edition (The Sequel)

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It’s been more then a month since we’ve last delved into the old CCE mailbag but I’ve finally put together another collection of great photos submitted to CCE from its readers and fellow Copper Country Explorers. Our first picture is an oldie but goodie, taken at the dawn of the …

Scrapbook Fridays: Inbox Edition

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It’s been awhile since I’ve feature a Copper Country Scrapbook, and in that time my inbox has gotten quite full of submissions from several readers. So for all of you that have sent me pictures, posts, and archive pictures for publication I would like to thank you and ask that …

Scrapbook Fridays: Electric Park Memories Edition

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Back before I had even begun my 14 part opus on the Houghton County Streetcar, I received a nice email from reader Robert Muraski whose wife had written a short historical reminence  on Electric Park several years ago. While she had planned on publishing it, she never got around to …

Scrapbook Fridays: Red Metal News Edition

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This week we feature something new, though I’ve had these particular items for over five years now. It’s copies of C&H’s employee newsletter – Red Metal News – from the 1950s and 1960s. This was a later replacement to the popular “C&H News and Views” which was distributed to employees …

Scrapbook Fridays: Rails Edition

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It’s Friday and that means another installment of Copper Country Scrapbook. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a scrapbook post, and it hasn’t been for a lack of material. My hope is to get back on a schedule that I can keep, starting today. The installment for this week features …

The Summer of ’69

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Paul Meier has been exploring the Copper Country since before I was born, and before the concept of a “website” had even been considered. The Copper Empire that he documented looked a tad different then the one showcased on these pages, due mostly to the fact that the mines had …

Some Old Photos of People Working

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As the last installment in our series of slide shows featuring images from the 1904 “Souvenir of the Copper Country Upper Peninsula of Michigan”, I thought I’d put the spotlight on the real heart and soul of the peninsula – the men and women who called this place home. Of …

Some Old Photos of Industry

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Continuing with our look at the 1904 “Souvenir of the Copper Country”, we now focus our attention on photos showcasing the empire itself – the copper industry. This is, of course, by far the favorite subject of the souvenir and there are numerous shots of mines, mills, and smelters to …

Some Old Photos of Buildings

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A few months back one of CCE’s readers sent me a tip on an old photo book about the Copper Country published around 1904. “Souvenir of the Copper Country Upper Peninsula of Michigan” is a 100 page book filled with nothing but old photos of the region taken around the …

1950s Copper Country

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It may be overly simplistic, but in regards to Copper Country history you can divide it into two eras. The first, of course, is the industrial era when the Copper Empire was at its peak and the landscape was under its complete control. The second era is the one we …

Scrapbook Fridays: Bitter Cold Edition

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The winter of 2014 will no doubt go down as one of the coldest and snowiest on record, as even here in Traverse City it looks like the Keweenaw outside. Winter is no stranger to the Copper Country, however, and it has been an integral part of the region’s character …