Osceola Mine

The Osceola Mine was an attempt to pillage the southern extension of the Calumet Conglomerate Lode which C&H had so profitably exploited for itself. Unfortunately the section of the lode along the Osceola property was extremely poor. As luck would have it, however, the company discovered another lode nearby that proved to be almost equally valuable. This lode was the Osceola Amygdaloid and it would end up securing the Osceola’s place as one of the most successful mines in the Copper Country.

The Osceola’s great success, however, would be forever marred by the largest mining disaster ever to strike the Copper Country. It was a September morning in 1895 when fire broke out underground along the 27th level. The fire spread quickly and soon make its way up the wood-lined No. 3 shaft. The word went out to evacuate the mine but most miners ignored the warning. They felt that the chance of the fire spreading outside of the framed shaft was low and as the No. 3 was an up-cast shaft smoke from the fire would be drawn harmlessly out of the mine.

Unfortunately the heavy smoke managed to make its way through drifts and stopes to the nearby No. 4 shaft – which was downcast. Smoke from the fire was drawn back down into the mine and quickly overcame all those who stayed behind. In the end, 30 workers lost their lives, including four boys and a mine captain.


A Train Depot

If, a century ago, you were to leave Calumet for points further south you would hop a train at the…

A Pile of Rock

After a short stop at what we thought was the Osceola depot, we continued on down the line. Soon we…

Shaft Countin’

How do you find an abandoned copper mine? You look for the poor rock pile of course. Like we did…

Ruin on Tecumseh

we take a closer look at the ruins along the road Tecumseh road is one of those old and forgotten…

Another Pile of Rock

We moved past the possible #4 engine house, and moved further down Tecumseh Road. Knowing that mine shafts usually follow…

The Second Hoist

The second hoist building ( or so we had called it ) was similar in form to the structure we…

Anatomy of a Hoist

What we found in the woods along Tecumseh road is a common ruin we encounter on our explorations of the…

The #5 Hoist Building

Scattered along the remnants are metal posts – some twisted and bent – that once held machinery. These had been…

Legacy of Fire

the productive Osceola Mine, famous not for profit but for disaster The Osceola Mine was one of the more productive…

Osceola No. 3

remains of No. 3 at Osceola The fire at Osceola No. 3 may of been devastating to workers, but it…

The Opechee

According to legend, the Robin was a bird in search of purpose who found his calling in his unique ability…