Victoria Mine

When Captain Hooper first took reins of the old Victoria property in 1881 he found a mine in disarray. Not only was it flooded, which was too be expected, but all the mine’s timbers had rotted away, the adit level had partially collapsed, and the shafts were crooked and haphazardly sunk. It was such a mess that Hooper was forced to abandon the mine and work first on acquiring the additional funding required to repair and rehabilitate the mine first. That endeavor would take another 19 years.

Finally in 1899 Hooper returned the Victoria with funds in hand and began the long process of rehabilitation. The most difficult task was repairing the No. 2 shaft, which while the best shaft of the bunch was still horribly crooked and irregular. The process took a full year, but by the turn of the century the Victoria rose again with the No. 2 shaft as the center of it all.

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A Hill of Quiet Isolation

If you follow the Ontonagon river eastward as it weaves its way through the rocky spine of the Copper Country,…
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Some Old Homes

In 1849 it was known as the Cushin; in 1850 it was part of the Forest empire and by 1858…
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Something Borrowed, Something New

As we reached the top of the bluff the road on which we traveled split in two, forcing a decision…
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The Number Two

When Captain Hooper first took reins of the old Victoria property in 1881 he found a mine in disarray. Not…
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The Pyramids of Victoria

Leaving both the rock house and shaft house behind, we went off in search of the next piece of the…
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An Enigma Wrapped In Stone Walls

It looked to be the ruins of a small building, only perhaps a few dozen feet in width. It consisted…
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The Tank

After the discovery of the cable diverters in front of the Victoria’s rock house we knew that the hoist building…
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Little Hoist, Big Hoist

Old Victoria’s fortunes were far from encouraging, and it seemed as if the mine was cursed from the start. Besides…
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A Hoist of a Different Breed

With the special St. Anne’s series over, we now return our attention back to exploring the old Victoria Mine… The…
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An Old Look at Old Victoria

The Victoria Mine’s final chapter lasted from from the turn of the century to just after the first world war,…
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The Taylor Compressor

The Victoria Mine’s geographical isolation caused a great deal of original thinking when it came to how the mine would…