C&H Mills

“Agassiz’s first job as the Calumet mine’s new manager was the erection of a stamp mill, a task his predecessor had failed to complete. Around 1867 a new mill was built along the shores of a newly formed lake at the north end of the Calumet property – a lake known as Calumet Dam. One of the first structures erected on the site was a large sandstone clad pump house and companion boiler house. While the old pump house is no longer standing, its boiler house has managed to survive to this day.”

The Survivors

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Once the south side of Lake Linden was home to a sprawling industrial complex of massive buildings, miles of criss-crossing railroad tracks, and a soaring grove of soot-spewing smokestacks. This was C&H’s contribution to Lake Linden’s skyline, a trio of industrial buildings that once housed the mine’s mills and reclamation …

The Spillway at Calumet Dam

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The first Calumet Dam was built by beavers, which had created a small pond to the north of Red Jacket years before the Calumet Mine arrived to the scene. When the fledging mine looked to build its first stamp mill this small impoundment became the obvious choice due to its …

A Pump House and Crib

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The first Calumet Mill was a short lived diversion in what was otherwise an illustrious and profitable career for C&H. The roller’s that Agassiz had originally installed in the mill quickly proved inadequate in crushing the hard amygdaloid rock that the mine was encountering. Soon those rollers were replaced with …

The Calumet Mill Boiler House (p2)

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The Calumet Pond – used to supply water to the Calumet Mill The Calumet Mill was almost the end for the great C&H, before it could even get off the ground. Calumet’s manager – Hulbert – had resisted the construction of a proper mill for the mine for some time. …

The Calumet Mill Boiler House (p1)

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Before merging to form the great C&H, the Calumet and Hecla mines were in fact two separate entities. It was in 1866 that the corporate life of the Calumet was first forged, and the company was put under the leadership of Edwin Hulbert – the man who first discovered the …