Phoenix Mill

“After our encounter with the previous series of stone walls littered along the banks of the Eagle River we were surprised to discover that we weren’t finished with the old mill ruins just yet. Just a short distance away we found yet another set of rock walls. These sat further up the steep hillside and looked less like mill foundations as they did some general purpose building foundation. But they were definitely part of the mill complex. It was this grand beauty that we discovered first – a free standing wall some 15 feet hight built from rock and mortar. This wall was a completely different animal then the mill foundations we first discovered. Instead of the flat slate-like rocks used there, these rocks were larger and joined with mortar. I would guess that this wall was a more recent addition to the mill complex.”

A Ruin With No Name

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After spending a good few hours trudging up along the river to find very little, it was becoming a ruin extravaganza here at the old Phoenix Mill site. First it was the old boiler, then the foundations to the mill itself, and then the stone walls of the mill’s boiler …

Even More Walls…

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After our encounter with the previous series of stone walls littered along the banks of the Eagle River we were surprised to discover that we weren’t finished with the old mill ruins just yet. Just a short distance away we found yet another set of rock walls. These sat further …

A Mill’s Remains

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The discovery of the boiler indicated the rest of the old Phoenix mill had to be near by. In fact it was much closer then we had realized. Looking uphill from where the old boiler now sat we found ourselves looking up at the clean lines of a massive stone …

The Boiler

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The industrial machine that was the Copper Empire was nourished almost solely by steam. From locomotives to electric power plants everything here was powered by superheated water – either directly or indirectly. Because of this you would expect that we would come across a great deal of evidence of those …

Another Oddity Along the Eagle River

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With the mystery of the three-leged trestle still fresh in our minds, we continued on downstream towards what we hoped would be the old Phoenix Mill remains. Along the way, however, we ran across yet another odd item left in ruin along the old river bed. A concrete wall. It …

An Eagle River Trestle

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As the Eagle River makes its way north towards the big lake it turns and tumbles its through a narrow gorge beset on all sides by sheer cliffs and rocky outcroppings that makes the river’s journey much more challenging. Its a beautiful and rugged landscape that looks more like something …

The Many Mills of Phoenix

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The Phoenix Mine When the region’s premiere copper mining company – the Lake Superior Copper Company – folded up after only five years of profitless work along the Eagle River a new company was re-organized to take its place. Fittingly this new company was named the Phoenix, and like its …