The Albany & Boston was an early settler, first arriving to the scene in 1860. Its eastern investors – hailing from New York and Massachusetts unsurprisingly – had hoped to cash in on the copper riches fabled to be found in this far flung wilderness. A pair of shafts were sunk, a stamp mill erected, and a small stream impounded to supply the mill and mine with water. In the midst of it all a small collection of worker housing began to take shape and the village of Boston was born. Unfortunately instead of riches the young mine found only debt and heartache, the mine was closed and the small town abandoned.

A second group of investors gave the region a second go around in 1882 and the old mine became the Peninsula. Once again the town blossomed as the mine was once again put into production. Yet the end result was no different and the old mine and town were forgotten yet again. It wasn’t until around 1900 when a third mine decided to open up shop atop the old Albany and Boston holdings, a mine by the name of the Franklin Jr. This time things went a bit differently. The Franklin Jr. would go on to produce copper for the next twenty years and with it the small town of Boston would flourish.

Through Good Times and Bad


Today it is nothing more then a small collection of houses lining a desolate and quite stretch of road. It exists far from any major road or railway, and for most people visiting the Keweenaw its a place that will never enter their field of vision. Yet more then a …

The Boston Store


The old town of Boston was named after the New England metropolis from which most of the Albany & Boston’s original investors hailed. But unlike its eastern namesake the Keweenaw’s Boston never grew to any discernible size. At its height the town only supported a few dozen buildings, including a …