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.

Franklin Jr. Mine

Guest Post: The Franklin Jr No.2

This is the second guest post by fellow copper country explorer Brian Wereley, who has been kind enough to send…
Franklin Jr. Mine

Franklin Jr. Revisited

It was in 1860 that the small mining location of Boston was born along a swampy stretch of land several…
Franklin Jr. Mine

A Phantom Stack

At the beginning the Franklin Jr. concentrated the majority of its efforts along a northern extension of the Pewabic Lode,…
Franklin Jr. Mine

A Shaft on the Pewabic

The Franklin’s early mining efforts along the Albany and Boston property were a convoluted mess of failed starts and resets.…
Franklin Jr. Mine

A Foundation Saved

While heading eastward towards that gleaming concrete tower in the distance were were first confronted with what we thought was…
Franklin Jr. Mine

Caught Between Two Worlds…

As we pushed onward towards that concrete stack beckoning us from the distance the sun was beginning to dip behind…
Franklin Jr. Mine

The Boiler House

The No.1 surface plant consisted not only of the engine house but also a rather large boiler house as well.…
Franklin Jr. Mine

The Other Stack

Standing 80 feet in the air, the concrete stack at the Franklin Jr. No.1 surface plant has become a Boston…
Franklin Jr. Mine

The Wall

After four years of exploring the Copper Country the moments where I find something that truly amazes me are starting…