Guest Post

“From its earliest conception I had always envisioned CCE as a community gathering spot, where fellow Copper Country explorers could share information and swap stories about their own explorations. Towards that end I have had an open policy when it came to guest contributions – if you have any adventures, photos, or articles you would like to share I would be more than happy to publish it on the web here at CCE. While I have gotten a good deal of photos in the past, guest posts have not been so forthcoming. That all changes today, with the start of our Guest Posts series.”

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 …

A Fall Walk in the Clouds

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That time of year… all the colors… This is one of those things I’ve missed living out west for too many years and it’s a damn fine sight to see again. We piled into the van last Sunday and dithered our way over the old A&LS rail line that has …

On the Road to Superior City

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Since its inception it has always been my hope that CCE would not just be a place for me to share my explorations of the Copper Country, but a place for other people to do so as well. I have always been open to guest posts from fellow CC enthusiasts …

Back from the Dead

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The Quincy Roundhouse is one of many historic structures from the old Quincy Mine to have survived the last century relatively intact, thanks largely to the efforts of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association which have been caretakers of the old mine site since 1961. While originally the non-profit entity was …

Guest Post: The Wolverine Mill (p2)

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The following guest post is contributed by Ian Tomashik, a sophomore at Dearborn High School outside of Detroit. Ian is a frequent Copper Country explorer with family ties to the region (his grandfather continues to live Mohawk). One of Ian’s frequent explorations took him to the little known ruins of …

Guest Post: The Wolverine Mill (p1)

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The following guest post is contributed by Ian Tomashik, a sophomore at Dearborn High School outside of Detroit. Ian is a frequent Copper Country explorer with family ties to the region (his grandfather continues to live Mohawk). One of Ian’s frequent explorations took him to the little known ruins of …

Welcome to the Quincy Smelter

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The Quincy Smelting Works is the last of the last, a lone remnant of an industrial juggernaut that once lined the Portage Waterway for miles. Like her shoreline brethren, the Quincy complex existed only to serve its copper masters, and when the copper empire died she died along with it. …

Guest Post: The Franklin Jr No.2

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This is the second guest post by fellow copper country explorer Brian Wereley, who has been kind enough to send me photos and commentary relating to his exploration of the Franklin Jr mine early this past spring. As I have noted before, CCE is open to anyone who wants to …

Guest Post: Superior No.1

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From its earliest conception I had always envisioned CCE as a community gathering spot, where fellow Copper Country explorers could share information and swap stories about their own explorations. Towards that end I have had an open policy when it came to guest contributions – if you have any adventures, …