• Railroads of the Copper Country (HCTC)

    Railroads of the Copper Country (HCTC)

    A HCTC car stopped at the Douglas House station With the arrival of electricity to the Copper Country came the formation of the Houghton Country Street Railway Company in 1899. Utilizing a new method ...

  • A Streetcar Revisited

    A Streetcar Revisited

    Several years ago during CCE’s informative early years we had come across the remains of an old trolley car rotting away in a field atop St. Louis Hill. For an early CC explorer it was an amazin...

  • Trolley in a Field

    Trolley in a Field

    The boom years that occurred at the turn of the 19th century quickly transformed Calumet and the surrounding communities into a modern metropolis. Electric lights, paved roads, modern plumbing, and ev...

Houghton County Traction Company

“The boom years that occurred at the turn of the 19th century quickly transformed Calumet and the surrounding communities into a modern metropolis. Electric lights, paved roads, modern plumbing, and even opera houses quietly ushered in a new modern era. The coming of the trolley line in 1901 yelled it from the rooftops.

The Houghton County Traction Company started in 1900, building an interurban line between Houghton/Hancock and Boston Location. While the villages and towns across the copper country welcomed this development, the mines (most notably C&H) were adamantly opposed to them. Trolleys would allow dispersed workers from across the communities to easily travel to centralized locations – possibly even union meetings. The ugliness climaxed with C&H threatening the village of Red Jacket with cessation of water service if the trolley was allowed right-of-way on village streets. In the end however the trolley – and the progress it represented – could not be stopped. The line was fully extended to Calumet and further north to Mohawk by 1908.”