Stella Cheese Factory

The Stella Cheese Company began its life from a small farm factory in Lake Nebagamon Wisconsin in 1917. The company soon expanded, setting up plants throughout northern Wisconsin. Around 1933 the company began to open plants in the Upper Peninsula, one in Mass City and another in a series of abandoned mine buildings at the old Baltic Mine location. The factory at Baltic operated for another 30 years, serving as a vital employer for over a hundred local residents while the mines surrounding it systematically closed down. Unfortunately, dwindling milk supplies in Michigan in the 60′s forced the plant to close as well and the company to contract its operations back to Wisconsin. For the next 30 years the plant lay derelict and abandoned, and has been all but forgotten by local historians.

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An Industrial Complex

Sitting up the hill from the No. 3 shaft stand an impressive collection of sandstone and brick – a series…
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The House

For so long have we been dwelling in the realm of industry and infrastructure here at Baltic that we have…
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The Stella Cheese Factory

When we had first stumbled across the vast complex of ruins we weren’t sure what we had discovered – but…
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The Lower Vat Rooms

The cheese making process can be broken down into four basic steps: curdling, drying, pressing, and ripening. With the addition…
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The Upper Vat Rooms

Making our way up the stairs from the lower level upwards we find ourselves walking up into the bright sunshine…
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The Cheese Room (and cars)

Heading west out of the collection of vat rooms we had been exploring we pass under a gabled wall of…
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Boiler Room and More

As with any smokestack, the Stella Cheese Factory’s stack was required to draw combustion gases up and out of the…
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The Wax Room and Cooler

Moving down the hallway past the stairs down to the basement we entered yet another room in the vast ruins…
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A Look Into the Past…

Now that our exploration of the Stella Cheese Factory is complete, its time to take a step back and look…
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Putting the Pieces Together…

The Stella Cheese Factory? Before leaving the Stella Cheese Factory behind for good, there’s still one last mystery that I…