Michigan Mine

The great Minesota mine was incredibly rich in copper, so much so that legend has it that one of its shafts had to be driven straight through a piece of mass copper so immense that it could not be removed from the ground (prompting the exclamation that the Minesota’s shafts were in fact lined with copper) Mass pieces of more then 50 tons were rather common, and the mine holds the record for the largest piece every discovered – over 500 tons in size. In the end the Minesota produced nearly 35 million pounds of the red metal, and went down in history as one of the richest mines of the district. Because of this was no surprise when the old mine was re-opened at the turn of the century for another go, this time under the more grammatically correct name of the Michigan.

Michigan Mine

A Tip of an Iceberg

Deep in Ontonagon Country, far from any major town or industrial area lies the isolated and remote town of Rockland.…
Michigan Mine

High Atop the Cliff

Leaving the diverter behind, we followed its lead and headed upward to the top of the cliffs high above us.…
Michigan Mine

Walls and Pedestals

Leaving the Michigan’s boiler house behind we headed further into the forest to explore what we thought might be one…
Michigan Mine

The Bonus Boiler

It sat just a bit farther into the forest, up atop the slight rise on which the machine shop and…
Michigan Mine

A Ruin of Dubious Identity

Returning from our journey further atop the hill, we made our way back down to the cliff edge to regain…
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The “B” Shaft

The Minesoata was typical of early fissure copper mines in the region. Scattered and seemingly chaotic, the mine sunk nearly…
Michigan Mine

Boiler House in C

Approaching the town of Rockland from the east you find yourself traveling between a pair of parallel rugged hills. The…
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Where Man Has Left His Mark

It didn’t look like much from the old railroad grade, that was for sure. Just a mass of concrete shrouded…
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C Shaft Terraces

After our discovery down at the bast of the hill, it was readily apparent to us that the Michigan Mine’s…
Michigan Mine

More Stacks and Boilers

While the Minesota Mine may have been a self contained operation, the new Michigan Mine that took its place was…
Michigan Mine

The Hoist from Another World

While last week we may have given the impression that we had stumbled across the Michigan Mine’s hoist complex after…
Michigan Mine

Where Compressed Air Is Made

Leaving the “A” Hoist behind, we continue further along the Michigan Mine’s sprawling hoist complex and to yet another set…
Michigan Mine

A Hoist of Unknown Origins

After the oddity that was the “A” hoist down at the west end of the Michigan’s Hoist complex, we were…
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Michigan Mine Illustrated

The Michigan Mine’s large engine complex is a rather complicated structure. From the ground the structure’s remains resemble a barrage…
Michigan Mine

The Pit

While massive hoist buildings are interesting, they are the type of thing we expect to find scattered about a mine…
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What Once Was and Remains

First starting its life as the Minesota in 1848 the mine would start a second life as the Michigan in…
Michigan Mine

A Michigan Bat Cage

The old Michigan Mine property is a literal mine field, encompassing the shafts from not only the Michigan, but also…