Delaware Mine

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.

Delaware Mine

Mines of the Delaware Region

The Delaware is a mine with a long and convoluted history, so much so that it suffers from a rather…
Delaware Mine

On the Way to Delaware

Leaving the Amygdaloid Mine behind we walk down the road towards our next mine on the tour – the Delaware.…
Delaware Mine

At the Fissure

The Delaware Fissure was first worked by the Northwest in 1847, at which time it was known as the Northwest…
Delaware Mine

A Delawarehouse

Leaving the old Delaware fissure behind we continued on down the road towards the Conglomerate Mine – known today for…
Delaware Mine

Walls & Foundations (p1)

The area we had entered upon the discovery of the warehouse was rich in ruin. Scattered about within sight were…
Delaware Mine

Walls & Foundations (p2)

Leaving the Delaware’s store house behind we found ourselves standing along one leg of an unique “Y” intersection, that connects…
Delaware Mine

A Rare Find

When it comes to Copper Country exploring there’s a level of familiarity to everything you find along the way. The most…
Delaware Mine

The Rock House

Leaving the Delaware’s superintendents house behind, we cut through the adjacent woods for a short spell before emerging on the…
Delaware Mine

The Compressor House

The Conglomerate Mine spared no expense in the construction of a formidable surface plant for its aspiring mine. Along with…
Delaware Mine

Delaware: A Site Tour (p1)

With our exploration of the Delaware / Conglomerate Mine now complete I thought it would be helpful to take one…
Delaware Mine

Delaware: A Site Tour (p2)

We continue our look at the landscape of the Delaware / Conglomerate Mine area, focusing this time on the Conglomerate’s…
Delaware Mine

Delaware: A Site Tour (p3)

We finish up our series examining the Delaware / Conglomerate Mine’s landscape with a look at some of the odd’s…
Delaware Mine

Delaware Revisited

Last week we wrapped up our exploration of the Delaware location, including the Amygdaloid, Northwest, Delaware, and Conglomerate mines. Today…
Delaware Mine

Worth the Price of Admission (p1)

Traveling into the Keweenaw northern reaches will eventually bring you to a large sign along the road adorned with the…
Delaware Mine

Worth the Price of Admission (p2)

While impressive, the old pump house ruins aren’t the only remains of the Conglomerate Mine operation to be found along the…
Delaware Mine

The Immortal Remains

The Conglomerate Mine was the Delaware’s last hope, but it was attempt that was equally as short lived as its…