Ojibway Mine

The Ojibway Mine originally consisted of over 2500 acres, located four miles north-east of the Mohawk Mine. It was first opened in 1909 by a single shaft set on the northern end of the property, followed soon thereafter by a second shaft to the south. As was the case with most Keweenaw Mines, things looked rather promising at the beginning. A rather extensive surface plant was developed, which included over a dozen structures along with a trio of bunk houses. A spur line of the Keweenaw Central was also built out to the property to deliver coal and transport any liberated copper. Even a small town-site was cleared and platted a half mile to the west, complete with 24 single family dwellings and its own railroad station. The Ojibway seemed destined for greatness.

Unfortunately destiny had other plans for the scrappy mine. In 1913 the mine was closed and shuttered, never to be re-opened again. By 1943 the entire surface plant had been scrapped for the war effort, and the houses at the nearby town sold and shipped away. The Ojibway was dead, leaving behind only a pair of rock piles and several old foundations in memorial. Its a condition in which we find it still in today, more than a half century later.

The Town of Ojibway

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Across the Keweenaw copper mines were often joined by a mining location, a small collection of worker housing built by the mine itself to serve its workforce. In some cases these mining locations outgrew their mine masters to become fully functional towns complete with commercial districts and public services. In …

The Big Picture

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The Ojibway mine was home to two shafts. The northern shaft was known as the No.1, and was sunk at the northern end of the mine’s property. The southern shaft, started several years later, was sunk into an exposed section of barren rock at the mine’s southern end. It was …

Along the Muddy Banks…

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With the remains of the compressor house behind us, we turned our attention eastward back towards the boiler complex and any ruin that may exist beyond. We were one ruin shy of our trifecta, that particular ruin belonging to the mine’s hoist house. Since nothing but road greeted us to …

The Compressor House

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Heading westward in the direction dictated by that old utility tunnel led us to a collection of brick ruins scattered throughout the woods. We couldn’t find any obvious foundation, but these brick platforms looked to belong to some type of steam equipment, something far less expansive then a hoist. Our …

The Ojibway Boiler House

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It was surprising that we hadn’t noticed it before, as large and monolithic as it was. Standing alone and set a few dozen feet away from the rest of the ruins was the brick “cube” seen in the photo above. Though unconventional in both shape and material, we knew what …

The Catacombs

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After leaving behind the foundation to the Blacksmith shop it wasn’t long until we found ourselves face to face with yet another foundation – this one built not from poor rock but bricks. These particular bricks looked like no other bricks we have found before, their brown color and thin …

The Ojibway Mine

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The copper-rich Kearsarge Lode was first discovered in 1882, and within several years enterprising ming companies had acquired mineral rights all along its known outcroppings between Calumet and Ahmeek. At the approach of the 20th century mine managers had believed the extant of the Kearsarge lode had been mapped – …