Laurium

It wasn’t long before C&H’s success prompted several more mine companies to set up shop nearby, bringing with them a deluge of new workers to the region. Unfortunately the small village of Red Jacket was physically unable to make room for these new arrivals, since it was bordered on all sides by C&H property. Taking advantage of the situation would be C&H’s neighbor to the east, the Laurium Mining Company. In 1877 the newly formed company began selling off lots within its land holding, platting out the village of Calumet in the process. Overflow from Red Jacket quickly moved in and Calumet’s population swelled to over 5,000. Before long this growing population would demand its own post office, and the town was forced to change its name from Calumet (a name already taken by the Red Jacket post office) to Laurium.

From the beginning Laurium was primarily a residential community, though it did mange to develop its own modest commercial district. Since most of the area’s working class lived in company provided housing, Laurium became home to primarily the rich and elite: mine managers, agents, business owners and the like. Soon the village streets became lined with some of the largest and most opulent homes in the Keweenaw – most built in the elaborate Queen Anne Style.

Copper Range Railroad

Laurium Coal

Between the twin cities of Calumet and Laurium, its Calumet that’s generally considered to be the more industrious of the…
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Out of Place

Sitting at the corner of Pewabic and First Streets in Laurium stands this impressive sandstone building. It’s obviously a commercial…
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The Sandstone Station

Early automobiles actually had a rather healthy fuel economy, with the early Model T’s getting about 15-20 MPG and the…
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Columns and Capitals

As the peninsulas more affluent neighborhood it was no surprise that Laurium’s business district was anchored by two grandiose bank…
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The Laurium Commercial School

While Houghton had the Mining College, and Hancock Suomi College, Laurium had its own institution of higher learning in the…
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Homes of the Rich and Famous

As with most American communities, the Red Jacket region was starkly divided by class and social standing. While the village…
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A Closer Look at Pewabic and Third

One of the more unique houses on our list of Laurium’s rich and famous is this interesting building residing at…
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Where It All Began

The Laurium Mining Company was just another in a long line of speculative ventures launched at the dawn of the…
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Prosperity Lost (p1)

When Captain Vivian built his store along the newly formed Village of Calumet’s eastern end, the village was still only…
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Prosperity Lost (p2)

As was the case with most of the Copper Country’s growing communities, the commercial district of early Calumet was molded…
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Prosperity Lost (p3) – the Marta Block

As we continue our tour along Laurium’s main commercial district, we come across one more name to add to our…
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Prosperity Lost (p4)

Following the impressive sandstone beauty that is the Marta Block our tour of Laurium follows that gem up with a…
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Prosperity Lost (p5) – The Laurium Village Hall

With the old village of Calumet’s transformation into the village of Laurium, the newly minted village government built a modest…
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Prosperity Lost (p6) – The State Savings Bank Building

Passing Laurium’s incredible redstone clad village hall, you find yourself arriving at the corner of 3rd and Hecla Streets –…
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The First National Bank of Laurium

Laurium’s burgeoning populace attracted many new businesses to the young village by the end of the 20th century, businesses eager…
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Prosperity Lost (p8)

After passing by the 1st National Bank you find yourself on the north end of 3rd street, and while the…
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Houses of Worship and Learning

When it came to sheer numbers of houses of worship the booming metropolis of Calumet just was the undisputed champion…
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The First Baptist

In the early years of Laurium – then known confusingly as Calumet – one of the first churches to arrive…