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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.”

Snow and Ice

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Photo courtesy Superiorland Library Cooperative, Andrew C. Curto Collection The Houghton County Street Railway was not incredibly remarkable , it was just one of  hundreds of such street railways that were being put into service ...

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A Trolley Ride (p11)

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After leaving Mohawk it took us another hour to make the return trip back to the Calumet metropolitan area. As we once again approach the Albion Station wye our car makes a right turn, and ...

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A Trolley Ride (p10)

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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 ...

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A Trolley Ride (p9)

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Moving past the Florida car barn and substation the street railway enters the population center of the entire peninsula – the sprawling metropolis known collective as Calumet. In reality Calumet is a smorgasbord of communities, ...

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A Trolley Ride (p7)

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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 ...

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A Trolley Ride (p6)

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The Lake Linden Branch was first proposed by the Houghton Country Street Railway Company in 1901, used as a bargaining chip in its attempt to acquire franchise rights through Laurium’s public thoroughfares. The ploy worked, ...

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A Trolley Ride (p5)

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Photo courtesy Superiorland Library Cooperative, Andrew C. Curto Collection After our brief stop at Electric Park, our motorman once again starts up the street car again and we continue along our journey. North of the ...

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A Trolley Ride (p3)

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Moving past the Hancock Car Barn, our Lake Linden bound street car turns eastward towards the collection of mining communities located atop Quincy Hill. Along the way we pass by the towering rock house of ...

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A Trolley Ride (p1)

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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 ...

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A Streetcar Revisited

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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 ...

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Trolley in a Field

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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 ...

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