Franklin Jr. Mine

“It was in 1860 that the small mining location of Boston was born along a swampy stretch of land several miles north of Hancock. The mine in question was the Albany and Boston, which had attempted to mine a stretch of the Allouez Conglomerate. The ill-fated endeavor managed to build itself a lake, stamp mill and town but very little else. A few years later a second mine – the Peninsula – gave it the old college try but it too managed very little. Finally in 1895 the property was sold yet again, this time to the struggling Franklin Mine which was in a choke hold by its omnipresent neighbor, the Quincy Mine. For a time it looked as if the Franklin would suffer the same fate as its predecessors, but it soon discovered what all the other mines had managed to miss – profitably. For the next twenty years the mine managed to eek out a living and keep the Franklin Mining Company clinging to life.”

The Wall

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After four years of exploring the Copper Country the moments where I find something that truly amazes me are starting to become scarce. Once you’ve seen a couple dozen rockhouse remains you’re not exactly excited by the 25th one. But in those waning moments of light at the Franklin Jr. …

The Other Stack

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Standing 80 feet in the air, the concrete stack at the Franklin Jr. No.1 surface plant has become a Boston landmark, along with its brother across the street at the No.2. The two stacks stand tall over the swamplands surrounding Boston Pond and are the only reminders to the general …

The Boiler House

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The No.1 surface plant consisted not only of the engine house but also a rather large boiler house as well. The No.1 boiler house accommodated four boilers, with plenty of available space to add more. The building also featured a line of inclosed coal bins, filled by means of an …

Caught Between Two Worlds…

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As we pushed onward towards that concrete stack beckoning us from the distance the sun was beginning to dip behind the tree line, stretching our shadows out across the rocky landscape and signaling our need to speed things up a bit. But before we could reach our destination we were …

A Foundation Saved

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While heading eastward towards that gleaming concrete tower in the distance were were first confronted with what we thought was just a pile of debris left at the center of what was a large poor rock pile. Turns out that pile of debris was in fact a ruin, more specifically …

A Shaft on the Pewabic

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The Franklin’s early mining efforts along the Albany and Boston property were a convoluted mess of failed starts and resets. In an almost desperate attempt to find suitable copper deposits to keep the company afloat, Franklin jumped back and forth between the two main lodes along the Boston property, as …

A Phantom Stack

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At the beginning the Franklin Jr. concentrated the majority of its efforts along a northern extension of the Pewabic Lode, which happened to run across the old Albany and Boston property. But what at first seemed promising quickly turned out to be anything but. In response the Franklin Jr. turned …

Franklin Jr. Revisited

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It was in 1860 that the small mining location of Boston was born along a swampy stretch of land several miles north of Hancock. The mine in question was the Albany and Boston, which had attempted to mine a stretch of the Allouez Conglomerate. The ill-fated endeavor managed to build …

Guest Post: The Franklin Jr No.2

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This is the second guest post by fellow copper country explorer Brian Wereley, who has been kind enough to send me photos and commentary relating to his exploration of the Franklin Jr mine early this past spring. As I have noted before, CCE is open to anyone who wants to …

A Mine at Boston

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It was almost two years ago now that we set out to find the Boston Mine along the shores of Boston Pond. (so these pictures are very old, bear with me here) The pond itself is man-made, built to serve the nearby Boston Stamp Mill built along her shores. The …