Trimountain Mill

By the time the mines of the southern range had come to fruition the convenience of utilizing neighboring Portage Lake for the complimenting mills had become unattainable, thanks to the government’s concern about the navigability of the Portage Canal. Thus the mines of the south were forced to search elsewhere for the large tracts of open land along a lake or other large body of water necessitated by a mill’s design. By the turn of the twentieth century however the pickings were slim, and the mines had to look dozens of miles away towards distant Lake Superior and the red-stained sandstone cliffs of the Keweenaw’s western shore.

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A Walk Among Giants

The pine forests of the Keweenaw’s northern extremities fade away as you head southward, slowly transforming into the broad leafed…
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When Trestles Collide

Having found ourselves the remains of a rather expansive rail bridge in the middle of the woods, we looked for…
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In the Trenches

By the time the mines of the southern range had come to fruition the convenience of utilizing neighboring Portage Lake…
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The Great Wall

So there we were, perched atop a high wall overlooking the forest floor a good dozen feel below us. Considering…
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Around the Boiler House

Standing in the middle of the massive sandstone fortifications surrounding us, we looked for more evidence of the boiler house…
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On the Mill Floor

While the wood frames we found scattered about the forest floor may or may have not been remnants of the…
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The Next Level

A typical stamp mill is arranged into three to four distinct section, each separated from the neighboring sections by a…
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The Trench

With the mill ruins behind us, we turned our attention towards the nearby stretch of Lake Superior shore along which…
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The Beach

Though rough going, our laborous hike through thick thick underbrush along shore rewarded us brilliantly as we broke through into…
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The Pump House

While our mystery ruin stood right above us along that stretch of beach, the soaring sandstone cliffs in which is…
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The Final Post

For six years now I’ve been exploring the ruins of old copper stamping mills, and during most of that time…
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A Trip to the Archives

Our man on the spot Craig Aldinger brings us another report from the his newly adopted Copper Country home, this…