Hancock

The Wright School

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The hillside on which the village of Hancock was platted was injurious  to its growth and expansion in the years that followed. Areas of developable  land was limited by the increasingly steep hill to the ...

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The Ryan School

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Thanks to the booming copper industry and the complimenting success of the Quincy Mine up atop the hill, the village of Hancock grew in leaps and bounds as it approached the dawn of a new ...

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The Wright Facade

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The great Copper Empire reached its peak at the height of the Victorian Age, and thus the great buildings and homes that were erected in the Empire’s honor were drenched in more then the usual ...

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City Center (p2)

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The view of Hancock’s city center above was taken in the winter of 1910, at the city’s economic and cultural height. This was something more then a simple mining town on the frontiers of the ...

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City Center (p1)

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The community of Hancock was given life by the Quincy Mine, whose agent Samuel Hill first platted the village in 1859. That original platt consisted of just 14 blocks, situated between the current streets of ...

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On the Waterfront (p6)

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The Quincy sands may have been a hazard to navigation, but they were particular convenient when it came time to construct a bridge across the Portage. Extending several hundred feet into the waterway, the presence ...

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On the Waterfront (p2)

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Having been born from the bosom of the Quincy Mining Company, the village of Hancock was faced with some particular problems most of its neighbors – especially its neighbor across the canal – did not ...

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The Revolution in the Valley

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The Keweenaw Peninsula garnered its name from the native population who referred to the long finger of land as “Kee-wi-wai-non- ing”, roughly translated as the “place where portage is made”. Those early people would forgo ...

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Making a Statement

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Hancock’s original compliment of public schools were anchored by a large campus sitting in the heart of the city along Quincy Street. The first to be built was the classically inspired brick building seen above, ...

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The Detroit and Lake Superior

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In the districts early years, most copper recovered from the peninsula’s depths were shipped almost straight out of the mine to points east for smelting and refining. Later as the mass mines emptied and companies ...

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The Quincy Pump House

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This rather handsome small sandstone building along Hancock’s waterfront appears at first glance to be an old garage, one recently converted into a motor sports business. That assessment would be partially correct, considering the building’s ...

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The Hosking House

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Sandstone was a particularly expensive and unwieldy construction material, usually reserved for structures built with some rather substantial financial backing. Thus most sandstone buildings erected across the Keweenaw at the end of the nineteenth century ...

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Vitriol over Vitrolite

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Architecture is an art form like any other, and just like all art is subject to the often irrational whims of our constantly evolving sense of taste. This very nature of architecture makes the process ...

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The Sandstone House

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We’ve discussed this old stone building before on CCE but have yet to feature it. So today we take a quick look at what has to be Hancock’s oddest structure. I don’t know its name, ...

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St. Joseph’s Hospital

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While taking a stroll along Hancock’s Lake Street a month back I found myself confronted by a rather intriguing ruin hiding out beside the road in the trees. It sat up behind a rock and ...

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A Finnish Church

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When Hancock was first born it consisted of only a dozen blocks bordered on the west by Montezuma Street (currently anchored by the city hall building featured previously) and to the east by Reservation Street ...

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City Hall

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Hancock was first platted by the Quincy Mining Company in 1859, just a few years after the village of Houghton was incorporated across the lake. While Houghton was conceived independent of a mine company’s control, ...

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East Hancock

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When Hancock was first platted by the Quincy Mine the town’s eastern border was a deep ravine in which the Quincy Tramway ran down to the mine’s stamp mill along Portage Lake. As the town ...

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Architecture Medley (p2)

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We continue our exploration of Hancock with a behind the scenes look at City Hall. This face of the clock tower has no hands. I don’t know if this was intentional or this side was ...

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Architecture Medley (p1)

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Hancock, like most of the Copper Country, was born from copper’s bosom. From atop atop Quincy hill, the Quincy mine platted and developed the city’s infrastructure and in turn populated it with immigrants from all ...

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Civilization

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Changing gears from the northern “border-town” atmosphere of Mohawk, we move further south to the valley. That would be the Portage Valley, now the heart of the Keweenaw. The twin cities of Houghton and Hancock ...

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