While the Keweenaw may be best known for its vast treasures of red metal, it was also once briefly home to yet another mining boom – in sandstone. It was in 1861 that a man by the name of George Craig first discovered the peninsula’s stone riches as he travelled along the Superior shore near the mouth of the Portage River. The son of a prominent English quarry operator, Craig knew top quality sandstone when he saw it exposed in sheer cliffs along the shore.

During the next decade Craig attempted to mine the red rock but with little success. He managed to establish one of the region’s first quarries along the Portage River about a mile inland from shore. In the process a short narrow-gauge tramway was built from the quarry to a dock along the river and a small collection of company houses sprung up nearby. This small settlement – known as Craig – was the first along the river, and had the distinction of becoming home to the region’s first post office.


Sandstone Quarries of the Keweenaw (p1)

Sandstone cliffs near Jacobsville While the Keweenaw may be best known for its vast treasures of red metal, it was…

Sandstone Quarries of the Keweenaw (p2)

The Kerber-Jacobs Redstone Quarry John Jacobs received a healthy pay check from the sale of his interests in the Portage…

The Jacobsville Docks (p1)

This winter CCE is collaborating with the Keweenaw Heritage Center in the creation of an exhibit featuring the Copper Country’s…

The Jacobsville Docks (p2)

The Jacobsville dock at its prime was a rather large and impressive structure, extending several hundred feet into the lake…

The Jacobsville Docks (p3)

As I’ve noted previously the Jacobsville region was home to five quarries at the peak of the brownstone’s popularity, four…

The Scars of Industry

When the industrial might of the Keweenaw may have abandoned it decades ago it left behind a little something to…

The Quarry Dock

The great Copper Empire that once ruled the Keweenaw’s shores may have been figuratively built of copper, but it was…