Hubbell

As with most towns along the Keweenaw owed their existence to a neighboring mine, towns that sprung up along the shores of Torch Lake owed theirs to a nearby smelter or mill. The industrial complex that C&H had constructed just south of Lake Linden sprawled along the lake shore for nearly a mile. Along with its two stamp mills and massive coal yards, the mine also constructed a smelter for refining copper and casting it into ingots for shipping east. The smelter’s position at the southern end of C&H’s industrial complex – too far from Lake Linden for workers to travel – prompted the mine’s establishment of the small town of Hubbell.

Several years later in 1890 the Tamarack Mining Company invested in the construction of its own massive stamp mill complex along the shore of Torch Lake just south of Hubbell. In 1896 a second mill was joined the Tamarack’s, this one belonging to the Osceola Mining Company. By the end of the century over five mills would be congregate in the same area, and the surrounding landscape quickly became over run with worker housing. The area would become known as Tamarack Mills and later incorporated into Tamarack City. The resulting sprawl made its way right up to the Hubbell city limits, and the two towns essentially became one.

The Saint Cecila School

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While Hubbell may have had three churches, it was St. Cecilia’s that was by far the largest. Serving the town’s prominent French-Canadian population, the church grew to epic proportions in very little time.  With great numbers of parishioners comes the ability to finance a great deal of other works besides …

Saint Cecilia Church

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With the erection of the C&H smelter the small town of Grover quickly became inundated with those seeking employment in the new industry. As hundreds of workers – and their families- moved into the neighborhood they began to congregate around shared cultures and backgrounds. Soon those groups would build houses …

The Other Side of the Tracks

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The village of Grover was formed at the doorstep of C&H’s massive smelting complex along Torch Lake. By the time Grover became South Lake Linden the growing community had expanded westward up the hill and southward along the existing state highway. In doing so the village’s commercial district found itself …

Old Town

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Hubbell was born from an industrial necessity , a requirement that insured the C&H smelter had its 400 man workforce needed to keep the furnaces burning. In an age of horse travel and a region of extreme winters, a workforce had to be located within close proximity to the place …

The Reding Store

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Nicholas Reding was a German immigrant who first arrived to this country at the young age of 16. Nicholas’s father was a successful merchant back in his home town of Luxemburg, and he hoped to carry on the tradition here in the new world. Of course to do that he …

In Fire’s Shadow

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The great fire of 1907 extremely altered the small community of Hubbell, clearing dozens of lots and providing a large expanse of open and available space for new building. In fact most of the village seen in the map above fell victim, clearing space all the way from the railroad …

An Opal in the Rough

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In the summer of 1907 the old town of Grover had grown into a sizable community of over at thousand people. Along the old state highway – Duncan Ave – a robust commercial district had developed, anchored by a general store, a grocery, and the rather large Hotel Bismarck and …

The Only Bank in Town

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By the start of the twentieth century the  town formally known as South Lake Linden found itself with a beorgening commercial district absent one much needed player – a bank. While Lake Linden had a bank, it was a long two-mile trek for those in Hubbell who happened to require …

A Town With Three Names

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In the beginning it was the area’s innate natural wonder that first attracted men to Torch Lake. The native peoples used the lake for food, taking advantage of the lake’s abundance of fish. Later the region’s abundance of virgin timber attracted French-Canadian lumberjacks to the region, whose lumber mills built …