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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.”

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Trolley in a Field

The boom years that occurred at the turn of the 19th century quickly transformed Calumet and the surrounding communities into…
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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…
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A Streetcar Revisited

Several years ago during CCE’s informative early years we had come across the remains of an old trolley car rotting…
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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.…
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The Houghton County Street Railway (p2)

At its height, the great Copper Empire was home to nearly a hundred thousand people. Most of those people lived…
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A Trolley Ride (p1)

Though not the largest in the state the 32 miles of track that make up the Houghton Country Traction Company…
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A Trolley Ride (p2) – The Car Barn

Photo courtesy Superiorland Library Cooperative, Andrew C. Curto Collection The car barn was a street railway’s home, its center of…
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A Trolley Ride (p3)

Moving past the Hancock Car Barn, our Lake Linden bound street car turns eastward towards the collection of mining communities…
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A Trolley Ride (p4) – Electric Park

While it may be nice to envision the rise of electric railways in terms of  private companies investing in the…
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Scrapbook Fridays: Electric Park Memories Edition

Back before I had even begun my 14 part opus on the Houghton County Streetcar, I received a nice email…
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A Trolley Ride (p5)

Photo courtesy Superiorland Library Cooperative, Andrew C. Curto Collection After our brief stop at Electric Park, our motorman once again…
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A Trolley Ride (p6)

The Lake Linden Branch was first proposed by the Houghton Country Street Railway Company in 1901, used as a bargaining…
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A Trolley Ride (p7)

Having made our way down the steep hillside our street car finally enters the village limits of Lake Linden, though…
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A Trolley Ride (p8) – The Substation

With our journey along the Lake Linden Branch finished, our return trip back up the hill to Laurium took another…
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A Trolley Ride (p9)

Moving past the Florida car barn and substation the street railway enters the population center of the entire peninsula –…
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A Trolley Ride (p10)

Over the course of the summer of 1908 a five mile extension of track was built along the Houghton County…
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A Trolley Ride (p11)

After leaving Mohawk it took us another hour to make the return trip back to the Calumet metropolitan area. As…
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Snow and Ice

Photo courtesy Superiorland Library Cooperative, Andrew C. Curto Collection The Houghton County Street Railway was not incredibly remarkable , it…