Copper City

“With this increase in activity came an increase in workers, and in turn a growing need for worker housing and other commercial services. Stepping in to fill this increasingly urgent need was a man by the name of J.T. Finnegan who in the summer of 1907 acquired a tract of 80 acres just outside of mining company land east of the Kearsarge Lode. The land was in a prime location, sitting along the newly laid Keweenaw Central mainline and centrally located between the Ahmeek Mine to the north, the Allouez to the west, and the North Kearsage to the south-west (shafts from these mines are denoted with red dots in the map above). Soon network of roads were built and the town of Copper City was platted.”

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It may have been Mr. Finnegan that gave birth to the community of Copper City, but it was Edward Ulseth that built the town from the ground up – literally. Ulseth was the region’s premier contractor, having been responsible for the erection of over 500 buildings and houses scattered about …

Bennetts Department Store


The extreme weather, rough terrain, and long distances that were staples of life in the Copper Country created a need for communities that could serve all its residents needs directly from main street. This axiom was even more applicable to Copper City, due to its isolated location far to the …

A City Built for Copper


While the great Calumet Conglomerate lode might have been getting the lion’s share of attention near the turn of the century in the Copper Country, a strong rival to the north was slowly coming into its own. The Kearsarge Amygdaloid was first pillaged by its namesake – the Kearsarge Mine …