Hungarian Dam

“As Torch Lake’s second largest tributary, the Hungarian Creek attracted a great deal of attention from mines planning to build mills on the lake. Perhaps more aptly described as a river, the waterway could provide large volumes of water during a good portion of the year. In fact, spring flooding along the Hungarian was all too familiar to the residents of Tamarack City, who had the misfortune of living along a sandy floodplain laid down by the creek hundreds of years ago. Mine companies knew that if the river could be tamed, it would become a valuable resource for any industrial complex built nearby. The first company to take advantage of this natural resource was the Tamarack, who built a long wooden launder down from the river to supply water to its new mill on Torch Lake. After the turn of the century the newly established Ahmeek Mine expanded on the Tamarack’s idea and built itself a 3 million gallon reservoir along the creek for its own mill – a dam that continues to stand still today.”

A Hungarian Overview

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The Hungarian Creek descends a total of 361 feet from the top of its first falls down to the level of Torch Lake. Along the way the river tumbles over a total of five waterfalls – six if you count the spillway itself. The Upper Falls feed the reservoir of …

Another Hungarian Dam

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The Hungarian Dam was built in the late 1910’s and was a rather recent addition to a landscape that had already seen the influence of industry . Before the dam’s arrival the gorge had already been crossed by a trio of soaring trestles built by the H&C and Copper Range …

A Hungarian Wall

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Leaving the Hungarian Dam’s auxiliary spillway behind we proceeded to walk back down to the main river channel to see what else we could find further downstream. We didn’t get too far before finding more interesting artifacts buried within the hillside along the auxiliary spillway’s discharge bed. Just before the …

A Hungarian Spillway

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The Hungarian dam is an embankment type, which is basically a man-made mound of dirt placed in the river’s way to create a blockage. While cheap and easy to instal these types of dams have one major flaw – overtopping. If the water level in the reservoir becomes too high, …

A Hungarian Dam (p2)

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I’ve been to the Hungarian Dam’s spillway several times, including a few times when the fence was missing and a small shack still stood next door. What I haven’t done is cross the river and take a look at the spillway’s opposite side. So today we did just that, utilizing …

A Hungarian Dam (p1)

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As Torch Lake’s second largest tributary, the Hungarian Creek attracted a great deal of attention from mines planning to build mills on the lake. Perhaps more aptly described as a river, the waterway could provide large volumes of water during a good portion of the year. In fact, spring flooding …

A Hungarian Ruin

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Before taking its tumultuous journey across the Keweenaw’s fractured spine, the Hungarian Creek begins its journey atop Dover Hill along the marshy lowlands surrounding the old Oneco Mine. Before its acquisition by the Oneco those lands were previously held by the Hungarian and Dover Mines, mines which both elected to …