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The mine’s of the Copper Country were generally self-reliant except for three things which they could not find along the peninsula: coal, iron, and explosives. For that time these items were transported here from elsewhere at high cost to the mine companies. In an attempt to lower these costs, the controlling interests of the Tamarack and Osceola Mines invested in the construction of the area’s first explosives plant at Woodside in 1884. By the turn of the century the plant had come under the control of C&H (who had bought up the Tamarack and Osceola properties) and Dupont (who had bought up the plant’s parent company) but by that time the plant had become obsolete and unprofitable. C&H and Dupont then proceeded to invest in the construction of a new modern plant deep within the Dollar Peninsula in a place that would become known as Senter…..

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City in the Woods

On some maps it doesn’t exist at all, on others it is simply an afterthought dot on a nameless road.…
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In a Place with No Roads

The mine’s of the Copper Country were generally self-reliant except for three things which they could not find along the…
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Warehouse Row

Though used as a commuter train for Atlas employees, the Copper Range trains also delivered the wide range of exotic…
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The Power Plant

Of course being so far removed from the rest of Copper Country civilization insured that the Atlas Plant had to…
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Where Nitroglycerin is Made

The inherent danger in explosive making can not be overstated; nitroglycerin – the explosive agent in dynamite – is extremely…
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The Store House

After the nitro was manufactured at the NG House, it was sent down along a rubber lined trough down to…
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A Walk For the Angels

After being neutralized at the Store House, the nitro had to be then sent on to the Mix House, where…
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Where Nitro and Dope Become One

After the nitro has been created and neutralized the next step in the dynamite production process is to mix the…
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The Shell House (p1)

During World War II most civilian explosives plants across the country were drafted into military service, producing explosive shells and…
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The Shell House (p2)

After taking a look around on the inside of the Shell House, we decided to take it outside. The building…
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Shell Packing

After being mixed into a Playdo-like consistency at the Mix House, the nitroglycerine was then loaded onto small rail cars…
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Box Making and Packing

Now that the dynamite sticks have been produced, the final step in the process is boxing the dynamite up in…
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Powder Magazines

After the dynamite sticks were completed and boxed, they would then be loaded onto narrow-gauge rail cars for transportation over…
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The Horse Barn

Due to the vast size and scope of the Atlas facility – over a thousand acres and a hundred separate…
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The Age of the Loci

While horse power in the rest of the country was quickly being replaced by the automobile, horses continued to serve…
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Change Houses

Nitroglycerin had several bad habits, the least of which was its tendency to explode violently when agitated. Even more of…
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Odds n Ends (p1)

The Atlas Powder Plant is enormous, covering over 1800 acres and consisting of over 240 buildings. Its easily the largest…
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Odds n Ends (p2)

Continuing from yesterday’s look at various odd and ends at the Atlas Powder Plant, we start today with a look…
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Odds n Ends (p3)

In the process of trying to finish up this very long series on the Atlas Powder Plant, we bring you…
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One Last Look

After close to a month I’m happy to say that its time to say goodbye to the Atlas Powder Plant…