Ahmeek Mill

“During the Copper Empire’s peak, over 100 steam stamps were in operation across the peninsula. As mines and their mills succumbed, these massive stamps were quickly sold or scrapped for quick cash. With the arrival of the Second World War any remaining stamps were quickly drafted into the war effort – providing much needed steel and iron for military equipment. By the end of the empire in the 60′s, stamps had become and endangered species. Today only one has managed to survive.”

The Ahmeek Mill (p2)

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From the basketball court of the Tamarack City Park the remains of the Ahmeek Mill loom ominously on the horizon half shrouded in a scattering of trees and brush. A waist level wall of concrete keeps those ruins safely out of reach, the remains of the mill’s complementing pump house. …

The Ahmeek Mill (p1)

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The allure of the Copper Country doesn’t lie in its history alone, as interesting as that history may be. What makes the region so unique is how that history haunts the landscape of today, an afterimage of the past etched into the peripheral of the present day. One of the greatest …

In the Shadow of the Empire

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After the Copper Empire’s abandonment the little mill town of Tamarack City found itself without its major employer. Many of the town’s residents soon followed in the exodus, and before long the town’s businesses which relied on those residents closed their doors in turn. What was once a small but …

The Tamarack Canal

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In 1882 the Tamarack Mine began the long and laborious task of digging over a mile into the earth in search of what it hoped would be the bottom reaches of the copper-rich Calumet Conglomerate lode. By 1887 the impossible became the possible, and the great riches of the lode …

Last Stamp Standing

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&oiDuring the Copper Empire’s peak, over 100 steam stamps were in operation across the peninsula. As mines and their mills succumbed, these massive stamps were quickly sold or scrapped for quick cash. With the arrival of the Second World War any remaining stamps were quickly drafted into the war effort …