Tamarack Mine

When the Tamarack Mine undertook the ambitious plan of mining the Calumet Conglomerate at depth, it was an incredibly risky and ambitious plan that had no contemporary counterpart. It was only blind faith that encouraged the investment in such a ludicrous scheme, faith in the experience and expertise of the old mine captain that had envisioned the possibility of mining the great C&H’s lode right out from under it.

The craziness wasn’t so much in the plan’s technological possibility as much as it was it’s apparent disregard of any financial discipline. Sinking shafts is the single most expensive undertaking any mine can perform, one that makes absolutely no money but spends plenty. And in the Tamarack’s case, that undertaking would require sinking through over 3200 feet of solid rock before a single ounce of copper could be recovered. To make matter’s worse, the endeavor would take three and a half years to complete. Three and a half years of nothing but massive spending and plenty of red ink. But when it was done and the great Calumet Conglomerate was pierced – and its massive riches just lying in wait for the picking – the plan suddenly made perfect sense. So much sense in fact that it was repeated four more times.”

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Mystery Ruins at Tamarack

Note to my readers: I’d like to apologize for my lack of posting as of late. I unfortunately caught a…
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The Hydrant

To me some of the most illustrative examples of the Copper Country’s fall from grace is the faded and forgotten…
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A Bunker in the Woods

Nestled deep within the wooded slopes of Tamarack Hill on the outskirts of the Swedetown trails stands a concrete oddity.…
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Cedar Fort 1957

After making our way down off the rock pile we found ourselves within the col and damp surroundings of a…
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Along the Shore of Tamarack Dam

The great copper mining empire that once dominated the Keweenaw landscape was powered by steam, and therefore required great amounts…
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Tamarack No.3

When the Tamarack Mine undertook the ambitious plan of mining the Calumet Conglomerate at depth, it was an incredibly risky…
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Cable Stands and More

Ahh cable stand footings. These things are a dime a dozen, and I’ve probably got a Benjamin’s worth in my…
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A Beast of a Hoist

The relationship between a shaft and its hoist is a complicated one, and by no means monogamous. In fact the…
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More to Explore

Like most mine sites found across the Keweenaw, Tamarack No.3 is much more then just a rock house, some cable…
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Buried Bricks and Concrete Slabs

There’s an odd item to be found in the picture of the old Tamarack No.3 surface plant seen above, something…
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An Interesting Rock

Before leaving the North Tamarack behind for good, there remained one last item of interest to feature here on CCE.…
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Tamarack No.2 in HO Scale

After featuring Ian’s great line drawings of various Copper Country mine structures last week, I was immediately reminded of another…
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In the Name of the Father

After finding incredible success robbing the great Calumet Conglomerate lode from under C&H’s nose, the Tamarack Mine looked to repeat…