Lake Mine

In the grand scheme of the copper empire the Lake Mine just east of Mass City was not particularly important. Though it managed to operate for nearly 20 years the mine and its brother to the north managed only a scant couple million pounds of copper; never paid a dividend, and hardly made a profit. Yet if one was to gauge the importance and subsequent success of it based on what remains today you would get the distinct impression that the whole operation was the biggest, grandest, and most important mine in all of the peninsula.

Lake Mine

The Tunnel

At the turn of the century the heart of any mine operation was its steam plant, a battery of coal-fed…
Lake Mine

The Roof Vent

The great machines of the Copper Empire were powered by steam, a fuel source that by its very nature tends…
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The Stack

The Lake Mine is a site of extremes, an obscene ruin-scape of boisterous monstrosity. Everything is bigger-then-life from its soaring…
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The Colossus

In the grand scheme of the copper empire the Lake Mine just east of Mass City was not particularly important.…
Lake Mine

The Colossus Returns

When we last visited the old Lake Mine down in the remote depths of Ontonagon County we had taken a…
Lake Mine

A Portal to the Depths

While the colossus rock house foundations had deservedly garnered much of our earlier attention at the Lake Mine, our eyes…
Lake Mine

A Giant Among Giants

A ruin-scape of such scope and magnitude as we’ve been exploring at the Lake Mine deserve one more look before…
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Hot Gases and Ash

We featured a few of the more impressive structures remaining from the old Lake Mine in Ontonagon country already here…
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Breaching the Walls

Leaving the boiler house remains behind, we take a short stroll down the sloping landscape towards that concrete wall we…
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Atop the Foundation

After taking a walk around the old maintenance trenches surrounding the Lake Mine’s hoist house, it was time to tackle…
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A Walk Outside

After leaving the hoist house ruins we took another walk around the perimeter, this time looking for the cable stands…
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Just A Few Foundations More

From the outside all we could make out was the four tall concrete walls, with nothing else to help us…