The Delaware is a mine with a long and convoluted history, so much so that it suffers from a rather chronic and cumbersome identity crisis. As is the case with most mines along the Keweenaw, the mine’s ownership and corporate status were constantly evolving along with its fortunes (or lack thereof). In the Delaware’s case, however, those changes and evolutions were far more numerous and short lived. All in all the mine we know today as the Delaware has had over six owners and was known by just as many names. To make matters worse the area on which the Delaware sits was home to over a half dozen mines at one time or another, all working a tight collection of fissure veins which make their way under the ridge line. In fact the “Delaware Mine” that you can currently tour was in actuality worked by a completely different mining company. Its all enough to confuse even the best local historians, not to mention those copper country explorers who happen to write their own daily blog on their exploits.