The great Lake Linden fire that devastated the mill town of Lake Linden also gave it new life, as its fires swept the slate clean and let a new and better city rise from the ashes. A downtown once sprinkled ... More »
It’s most recently known as the E-Center, home to the now defunct Little Gem Theater. Before that it was Lake Linden’s Elementary School, before being replaced by the modern structure now ...
While Lake Linden may have only been a mill town it happened to be the largest mill town on the Copper Range and the center of commerce along the Torch Valley. By 1918 over 2500 people called the vill...
It was 1881 when Lake Linden’s first parochial school began holding classes within the private home of Mrs. Pierre Pichette. The first class consisted of about 70 children, but as the village gr...
Once the south side of Lake Linden was home to a sprawling industrial complex of massive buildings, miles of criss-crossing railroad tracks, and a soaring grove of soot-spewing smokestacks. This was C...
The great Lake Linden fire occurred at an almost serendipitous time for beer baron Joseph Bosch. The Torch Lake Brewery was a run-a-way success, and Bosch was profiting handsomely for it. For the son of a German brewer and an ... More »
While the development of the old lumber town of Lake Linden may have been driven primarily by the great C&H Mine, it was also greatly influenced by a duo of prominent businessmen who were instrumental in the village’s growth. These ... More »
It was 1881 when Lake Linden’s first parochial school began holding classes within the private home of Mrs. Pierre Pichette. The first class consisted of about 70 children, but as the village grew so too did the makeshift school. Five ... More »
In the fall of 1905 the village of Lake Linden was in full bloom, its population swelling and its downtown littered with modern stone and brick buildings. A brand new town hall had been completed years earlier, and its soaring ... More »
The small lumber village of Torch Lake found itself thrust into the modern age with the arrival of C&H’s stamp mills in 1867. It was immediately greeted by an influx of immigrants in search of work at the new mills, ... More »
Once the south side of Lake Linden was home to a sprawling industrial complex of massive buildings, miles of criss-crossing railroad tracks, and a soaring grove of soot-spewing smokestacks. This was C&H’s contribution to Lake Linden’s skyline, a trio of ... More »
With the arrival of C&H’s mills to the area in the late 1860′s, what was once a predominantly French-Canadian community found itself besieged by a more diverse group of immigrants looking for work in the newly opened mills. As the ... More »
Last up on our tour of Lake Linden’s fire ravaged downtown is a trio of buildings that occupy a prime piece of real estate in the center of the village – at the crossroads of Calumet and Center (now Fourth) ... More »
The great fire was a wake up call to Lake Linden, prompting the village to institute new rules and regulations when it came to what could be rebuilt in the fire’s wake. After the flames were doused and the wreckage ... More »
Before moving on to the rest of the masonry commercial blocks to be found along the west side of Calumet Ave, we first turn eastward to the opposite side of the road to explore an area that hasn’t been so ... More »
Though cursed by the great fire of 1887, Lake Linden was lucky to have more then one enterprising individuals that were willing to invest in the decimated village. One of those was William Harris, who we have featured in the ... More »
While Lake Linden may have only been a mill town it happened to be the largest mill town on the Copper Range and the center of commerce along the Torch Valley. By 1918 over 2500 people called the village home, ... More »
As we continue on along the west side of Calumet Street in Lake Linden, we come across a wide gap in the commercial buildings dominated by a large parking lot. The lot belongs to Lake Linden’s senior housing development which ... More »
Across the road from the Harris Block and the Sutton store sits one of its largest competitors – the L. Hennes & Company store. Brothers Louis and Joseph Hennes built themselves a nice mercantile business in the Copper Country, opening ... More »
Captain Harris was Cornish, an ancestry that proved incredibly fortunate upon his arrival to the New World and the Lake Superior copper district. His knowledge and expertise in the field of mining earned him the title of Mining Captain at ... More »
It was just shy of noon on a hot and dry spring day in 1887 when the first alarm sounded. Flames and smoke had been spotted coming from a downtown mercantile block, spreading quickly through the old building’s upper floor. ... More »
William Harris was one of Lake Linden’s most prominent citizens, having not only ran a successful mercantile business in town but also serving as the village’s first mayor. After the devastating fire of 1887 decimated twelve city blocks, Harris helped ... More »
It’s most recently known as the E-Center, home to the now defunct Little Gem Theater. Before that it was Lake Linden’s Elementary School, before being replaced by the modern structure now serving the village’s youth. But before all that the ... More »