• A Trolley Ride (p1)

    A Trolley Ride (p1)

    Though not the largest in the state the 32 miles of track that make up the Houghton Country Traction Company electric railway manage to travel across a great swath of the peninsula,  making its way th...

  • A Trolley Ride (p7)

    A Trolley Ride (p7)

    Having made our way down the steep hillside our street car finally enters the village limits of Lake Linden, though at its far northern end. We roll past a few homes along 13th Street before making a ...

  • The Houghton County Street Railway (p1)

    The Houghton County Street Railway (p1)

    The arrival of the industrial age ushered in a new era in how, and where, people congregated across the nation. As our agricultural economy transitioned to large scale manufacturing, the country’...

  • A Trolley Ride (p10)

    A Trolley Ride (p10)

    Over the course of the summer of 1908 a five mile extension of track was built along the Houghton County Street Railway, connecting Mohawk to the rest of the already established system. It was the las...

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.”