Lake Linden

The shores of Torch Lake were first settled around 1851 by French-Canadian lumberjacks who had arrived to pillage the great hardwood forests to the north. The wide and deep Traprock river that flowed nearby was well suited for floating logs down the valley, prompting a score of lumber mills to be built near the rivers mouth. The fledging settlements became the center of French Canadian culture in the Keweenaw – complete with French-language newspapers, schools and churches.

In 1867 the region would be changed forever with the arrival of C&H’s massive mill complex built along the north end of the lake. Along with the mills came thousands of immigrants from all across the world, diluting the regions rich French heritage and expanding the community substantially. The increase in population brought with it a wide variety of business as well, including the Bosch Brewery in 1874. But it would always be C&H that had the most influence in the town, bringing with it a form of corporate paternalism that it had perfected up the hill at Calumet. The company donated land for churches, built the village’s high school, and provided steam heat and water to many of its buildings. In return the company received content and grateful workers.

Lake Linden’s High School

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For a time Lake Linden’s school building was rather unremarkable; a simple wood framed building built in 1881 for a nominal sum by the C&H Mine. As the surrounding community grew, the school grew as ...

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A Bosch Revival (p2)

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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 ...

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A Bosch Revival (p1)

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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 ...

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St. Joseph’s School

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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 ...

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The Survivors

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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 ...

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A Survivor’s Story

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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 ...

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From the Ashes (p5)

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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 ...

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From the Ashes (p1)

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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 ...

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A Corner Lost in Time

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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 ...

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