• The Lost City

    The Lost City

    After leaving the old Hanka home we headed south, making our way through the vast forests of the peninsula’s interior and past the breathtaking vistas along the impressive Sturgeon river gorge. ...

  • Trestles and Kilns

    Trestles and Kilns

    While it may have appeared that the furnace complex outside our lost city was concentrated within a small area, there were still a good amount of scattered remains sitting about to find. Thanks to the...

  • A Bit of Class

    A Bit of Class

    After leaving the old hotel behind there remained yet another rather large wood framed building to explore. While not as large as the hotel, this two story building still had some substantial bulk to ...

  • A Limestone Beauty

    A Limestone Beauty

    We made our way down off the bluff and emerged onto an open field surrounded by the remains of the lost city. We followed one of many paved walkways that weaved their way in and out of the ruins, walk...

CC Field Trip

“From time to time Copper Country Explorer travels outside of the borders of what could historically be considered the Copper Country. But interesting history and impressive ruins of a bygone age don’t stop at Keweenaw Bay, and there’s plenty of great sites to see all across the Upper Peninsula, the state of Michigan and the country as a whole. When CCE takes this travels to foreign lands and places we’ll share some of the more interesting adventures right here in our Copper Country Field Trip series.”

Fayette Historic State Park

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After the copper rush first landed ashore on the Keweenaw Peninsula prospectors fanned out all along the newly acquired Upper Peninsula in search of any more mineral riches that may be out there to exploit. It wasn’t long until a ... More »

Trestles and Kilns

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While it may have appeared that the furnace complex outside our lost city was concentrated within a small area, there were still a good amount of scattered remains sitting about to find. Thanks to the nicely manicured lawn that surrounded ... More »

The Furnace (p2)

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We left the furnaces and casting buildings behind and heading upward – up the short hill backing the structure to see what else we could find behind. Turns out a great deal more of the building was to be discovered. ... More »

The Furnace (p1)

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The monstrous ruins that stood across the harbor were of a completely different species then anything we have encountered before back in the Copper Country. It’s most prominent feature was a husky pair of what looked like smokestack bases centered ... More »

Company Housing

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With most of the lost city’s major structures having been explored we turned our attention to the collection of small homes scattered about the property. Now that we knew that the town was established by and for the Jackson Iron ... More »

A Bit of Class

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After leaving the old hotel behind there remained yet another rather large wood framed building to explore. While not as large as the hotel, this two story building still had some substantial bulk to admire. From the front the building ... More »

The Hotel

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While the stone buildings we have thus far explored are incredible, the most impressive of all the structures still standing in the lost city was the weathered gray beauty seen above. This large three story structure was far too large ... More »

The Old Shop

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We moved on from the massive remains of the old store and warehouse and continued along those odd paved paths to yet another old structure sitting nearby. This one was a bit more familiar. Though still utilizing the local stone ... More »

A Limestone Beauty

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We made our way down off the bluff and emerged onto an open field surrounded by the remains of the lost city. We followed one of many paved walkways that weaved their way in and out of the ruins, walkways ... More »

The Lost City

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After leaving the old Hanka home we headed south, making our way through the vast forests of the peninsula’s interior and past the breathtaking vistas along the impressive Sturgeon river gorge. After several hours of traveling we found ourselves emerging ... More »