Calumet & Hecla Mine

The greatest copper mine in the Copper Country (and probably the world) was born from pure happenstance. While surveying the military road running between Fort Wilkins at Copper Harbor and Fort Atkinson in central Wisconsin, a man by the name of Hulbert stumbled across a peculiar find. It was an ancient Indian storage pit, left by native miners from Isle Royale. The pit was filled to the brim with a copper treasure, and prompted Hulbert to secure the land around it. Purely by chance, those ancient miners placed their copper storage pit directly atop the great Calumet Conglomerate lode, which it didn’t take Hulbert long to discover. The Calumet Mine was born.

Just to the south of the Calumet Mine a second mine opened on the same lode – the Hecla Mine. The lode proved just as productive as the Calumet to the north, and soon the two mines (along with two other minor mines) combined to form the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company. Though now one mine, the two parts of C&H regained their original identity. North of Red Jacket Road were shafts of the old Calumet Mine (labeled Calumet #1-5), and south of the road sat the shafts of the old Hecla Mine (labeled Hecla #1-8).”

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Finding 27 Holes in the Ground

As I have mentioned numerous times here at CCE, the best Copper Country History resource on-line is by far the…
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Calumet No.3

Here’s a look at the Calumet No.3 shaft, or at least a part of it. It’s been capped in concrete,…
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A Dry Built of Sandstone

During my work with the Keweenaw Heritage Center in preparation for next year’s sandstone exhibit we had noted an odd…
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In the Unlikeliest of Places

It sits alone and secluded within a vast sea of asphalt and concrete, a sprawling parking lot serving serving Calumet’s…
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Behind a White Birch Veil

The great Calumet/Laurium metropolis is cut down its center by a swath of abandoned land a half mile wide. Within…
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A Superior Boiler House

The great Calumet and Hecla Mine was a monster. Its immense copper riches lying under its feet exceeded over 900 million pounds,…
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Where Drills Are Made and Curling is Played

The Superior Boiler House was just one dozens of industrial structures that once lined both sides of Mine Street, an…
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The C&H Dry House

Standing in the shadow of the C&H Drill Shop is another rubble rock structure – this one a squat and…
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A House of Many Names

Leaving the old drill and dry houses behind, our gaze turns southward across the sprawling parking lot of the neighboring schools.…
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The Transformer House

In its early years C&H’s use of electricity was extremely limited. For the most part the novel new power source…
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A Place For Everything…

A company of the size and scope of C&H required an incredible amount of resources each and every day. These…
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…and Everything in its Place

The C&H Mine was an entity that existed for nearly a century, its size and scope ebbing and flowing through…
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A Building of Massive Proportions

As practiced by the companies of the great Copper Empire, mining was a heavily industrialized operation of both massive scope…
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The Shops of Shop Street

Both the massive bulk of C&H’s machine shop and its No.1 warehouse stand tall along Mine Street, an avenue so…
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Little Houses on the Industrial Prairie

As Shop Street fades away along the outskirts of newly built 6th Street Extension the industrial corridor accompanying that road…
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Atop the Conglomerate

Explore the vast industrial landscape that was the C&H Conglomerate Surface Plant with this 1930s era aerial image. Hover over…
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An American LaFrance in Calumet

In 1873 a man by the name of Truckson LaFrance founded the LaFrance Manufacturing company, which primarily built hand-powered fire…
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The C&H Bathhouse

It’s a rather unassuming structure, the squat brick building found at the corner of the US41 / M26 junction in…