Carp Mill

“There are many like it to be found scattered across the region, a mine of such promise and hope that turns sharply into an endeavor of futility. In the case of the Carp Lake Mine, that promise wilted on a particularly difficult type of conglomerate embedded in sandstone. The mine was operated sporadically for almost half a century between 1858 and 1900, during which time enough capital was invested in the project to facilitate the erection of a small stamp mill along the eastern shore of old Carp Lake (now Lake of the Clouds). Unfortunately the machinery installed was insufficient in properly milling the fine copper and much was carried out to the lake without being captured. The property was eventually abandoned for good, leaving both the mine and mill to rot away along the slopes of the Porcupine mountains.”

In Situ (p2)

poster

The Carp Mill ruins feature an incredible collection of Civil War era industrial equipment, all of which continue to stand along the banks of the Carp River largely ignored by the passage of time. These archaic pieces of steam technology represent the types of machines one would expect to find …

In Situ (p1)

poster

To describe the remains of the Carp Mill to be off the beaten path would be an incredible understatement, as the remains lie deep within the rugged hills of the Porcupine Mountains  in an area largely untouched by man in the century since the mine’s abandonment. Only after driving several miles up …

The Gravity Stamp

poster

Getting copper up and out of the earth was only the first step in a long process transforming copper rock into copper ingot. That raw form of the red metal was not retrieved alone, as it was usually infused with the volcanic rock in which it formed. This secondary rock had …

The Forgotten Boilers

featured

There are many like it to be found scattered across the region, a mine of such promise and hope that turns sharply into an endeavor of futility. In the case of the Carp Lake Mine, that promise wilted on a particularly difficult type of conglomerate embedded in sandstone. The mine …

If the Shoe Fits…

featured

The mines and mills of the Copper Country may have been abandoned decades ago, but echoes from their exploits still ring through the now tranquil forests in which they once toiled. Foundations for massive steam engines, rail bridges’ towering support piers, and the soaring concrete smokestacks piercing the skies are …