Calumet & Hecla Railroad

The C&H railroads main line ran down from the Conglomerate lode mines in Calumet to a stretch of C&H industrial complexes along Torch Lake. These included the stamp mill and reclamation plant at Lake Linden, as well as the Smelter and coal docks a mile south at Hubbell. As C&H opened new mines and acquired others, the line was extended to service them as well. New lines were built to Osceola, Centennial, Laurium and the Red Jacket shaft.

As C&H expanded northward with the Ahmeek, Kingston, and Gratiot Mines the railroad needed to expand with it. For this the company bought up the old Traprock Valley Railroad which ran from Lake Linden along the Traprock Valley up towards Copper City in the north. This almost doubled the railroads length, and allowed material to be transported from these northern mines without the need to travel across other railroad’s tracks. The success of the Ahmeek mine and the increased ore needing stamping prompted the addition of a line extending from the Traprock Valley junction south to the Ahmeek mill at Tamarack Mills. “

Calumet & Hecla Railroad

Railroads of the Copper Country (C&H)

ore cars heading from a C&H rockhouse down to it’s mill on Torch Lake The Keweenaw waterway and interconnected Torch…
Calumet & Hecla Railroad

Russell Snow Plow #2

Railroads that operated in northern climates have to operate is some extreme conditions for a good 6 months of the…
Calumet & Hecla Railroad

In Constant Flux…

the remains of the Osceola Mill at Tamarack City Copper Country railroads are always changing, almost on a yearly basis.…
Calumet & Hecla Railroad

Crossing the Gorge (p3)

The Copper Range and C&H RR trestles over the Hungarian Gorge – with the towering Ahmeek Mill in the background…
Calumet & Hecla Railroad

A C&H Trestle

It was November of 1887 that a major fire swept through the Calumet Conglomerate workings at C&H. Due to C&H’s…
Calumet & Hecla Railroad

The Rails that Remain (p1)

Nestled between the towns of Calumet and Laurium lies a narrow strip of land some two miles in length on…
Calumet & Hecla Railroad

The Rails that Remain (p2)

For a transportation system that could only operate over rails, railroads were incredibly dynamic. In the case of C&H, the…
Calumet & Hecla Railroad

The Roundhouse that Was

Once again its going to be my attempt to bring back daily posting here on CCE, but this time with…
Calumet & Hecla Mine

Re-alignments

The old C&H blacksmith shop along the Hecla surface plant In the previous series I made an observation about the…
Calumet & Hecla Railroad

A Traprock Valley Railroad Trestle

The Ahmeek Mine – a C&H prize from consolidation It was in 1923 that C&H’s dominance over the Copper Country…
Calumet & Hecla Railroad

An LL&TL Trestle

Today we take a quick look at what is somewhat of an oddity here in the Copper Country – a…
Ahmeek Mill

The Trestle of the Clouds

A drive down M26 along the west shore of Torch Lake is ripe with more then a few awe inspiring…
Calumet & Hecla Mine

Behind a White Birch Veil

The great Calumet/Laurium metropolis is cut down its center by a swath of abandoned land a half mile wide. Within…
Calumet & Hecla Railroad

Scrapbook Fridays: C&H Rails Edition

Paul Meier was copper country exploring long before copper country exploring was cool. In his case, however, it wasn’t ruins…