Seneca Mine

The Seneca Mine began its life during the Copper Country’s adolescence – around 1860. Before then most mines across the peninsula were duds, lit off by excited investors only to fizzle away into nothing. Interest began to fade and new mines were slow in coming. But thanks to the unprecedented success of the Cliff, investors suddenly discovered a new found interest in the region. A new wave of mines began to spring up, a great deal of which set their sites along the rugged bluffs of the Cliff Range – the same formations along which the Cliff had found its own fortunes. One of the largest of these new mines was the Seneca, an endeavor whose namesake was one of the Five Nations – a coalition of native tribes that once dominated the region occupied today by the state of New York.

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The Bat Cave (Seneca #3)

a curious structure atop the old Seneca #3 We have been here before, only then we had taken a right…
Gratiot mine

A Mine By Any Other Name…

It all started with this – this Bat Cage sitting atop a mine shaft out at the Gratiot Location. When…
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Yes Virginia, There Is an Old Seneca…

After our little discussion the other day on the mysteries of the Seneca Mine and its many names and faces…
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Seneca Lake

Seneca Lake is a small lake sitting along Cliff Drive just west of Mohawk. Rumor has it that the lake…
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Seneca Dam

While most casual visitors of the Copper Country are aware of Seneca Lake, they most likely do not know of…
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A Short History Of Seneca

The Seneca Mine began its life during the Copper Country’s adolescence – around 1860. Before then most mines across the…
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The Seneca Boiler House

After leaving the pipes and culverts of the Seneca Dam behind, we worked our way through the woods in search…
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More Ruins at Seneca

Next door to the Seneca No.1’s boiler house was another set of concrete ruins. These particular foundations were decorated with…
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Yet Another Hoist Foundation

Another day another hoist foundation, that’s what I always say. These guys are like weeds, and everywhere I go I…
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A Last Look Around

With the Seneca No.1’s main surface structures – the boiler, compressor, and hoist foundations – now behind us it was…