Arnold Mine

“It was the discovery of exposed copper within the rocky ledges of a rugged waterfall that gave birth to the Copper Falls mine – an enterprise that managed to produce nearly 13,000 tons of copper and pay out over $100,000 dollars in dividends during its lifetime. The mine’s success spawned a pair of offsprings, mines that worked lands set off from the Copper Falls immense holdings around 1863. The first of these was the Petherick Mine, named after the Copper Falls Mine’s agent Captain William Petherick. It would make an attempt to mine the Ashbed lode just west of the Copper Falls for several years but only managed to produce just a little over 167,000 pounds of copper during its life. Unfortunately its sibling to the west – the Arnold – would be equally as productive. Both mines would be abandoned by the turn of the century, their boilers and engines removed and the remaining infrastructure left to be reclaimed by nature and forgotten by the passage of time. But one of these mines would survive to live another day – thanks to its hydrological neighbor to the east.”

Walls…and The Big Picture

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When it comes to the remains of the Arnold Mine perhaps the most spectacular feature of it all is the walls themselves. It was over a century ago that these stone walls were laid down in the wilderness by hand, rock by rock, stone by stone. Considering the size of …

A Place of Quiet Reflection (p2)

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A typical copper mine’s surface plant can be organized into two distinct types, based loosely on the period in which they were erected. Early mines would build independent buildings to house the hoist engine and compressor engine separately from each other. Later – around the turn of the century – …

A Place of Quiet Reflection (p1)

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With our discovery of the park bench placed within the Arnold’s ruins we realized that we had found our way onto someone’s backyard. Turns out that backyard belongs to the Society of St. John, a Catholic Monastery located along Lake Superior at the mouth of Jacobs creek. The skete is …

What Was Once Lost Now Is Found

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It was the discovery of exposed copper within the rocky ledges of a rugged waterfall that gave birth to the Copper Falls mine – an enterprise that managed to produce nearly 13,000 tons of copper and pay out over $100,000 dollars in dividends during its lifetime. The mine’s success spawned …