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.

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A Town With Three Names

In the beginning it was the area’s innate natural wonder that first attracted men to Torch Lake. The native peoples…
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The Only Bank in Town

By the start of the twentieth century the  town formally known as South Lake Linden found itself with a beorgening…
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An Opal in the Rough

In the summer of 1907 the old town of Grover had grown into a sizable community of over at thousand…
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In Fire’s Shadow

The great fire of 1907 extremely altered the small community of Hubbell, clearing dozens of lots and providing a large…
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The Reding Store

Nicholas Reding was a German immigrant who first arrived to this country at the young age of 16. Nicholas’s father…
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Old Town

Hubbell was born from an industrial necessity , a requirement that insured the C&H smelter had its 400 man workforce…
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The Other Side of the Tracks

The village of Grover was formed at the doorstep of C&H’s massive smelting complex along Torch Lake. By the time…
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Saint Cecilia Church

With the erection of the C&H smelter the small town of Grover quickly became inundated with those seeking employment in…
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The Saint Cecila School

While Hubbell may have had three churches, it was St. Cecilia’s that was by far the largest. Serving the town’s…