• Crossing the Gorge (p1)

    Crossing the Gorge (p1)

    the remains of the Mineral Range Trestle abutment along the Hungarian Gorge For the Copper Range, the final obstacle on its journey through the valley was the impressive depths of the Hungarian Gorge....

  • Old Locomotives Never Die – They Just Rust Away

    Old Locomotives Never Die – They Just Rust Away

    While we were on the subject of locomotives I thought I’d feature one last Copper Country specimen, though its exact identity is a mystery to me. It sits just outside of the Quincy Smelter along...

  • A Mineral Range Oil House

    A Mineral Range Oil House

    The Mineral Range Railroad began its life in 1873 as a short 14 mile line connecting Hancock and Calumet. In this original configuration the majority of the railroad’s surface structures were lo...

  • Pt. Mills Junction

    Pt. Mills Junction

    Most of you have passed by this large concrete abutment along M26 multiple time, as have I for over a decade before I finally decided to get a closer look. While its most recent use was as a large adv...

Mineral Range Railroad

“The Mineral Range Railroad began its life in 1873 as a short 14 mile line connecting Hancock and Calumet. In this original configuration the majority of the railroad’s surface structures were located in Hancock, including its locomotive house and machine shops. But over the years the line expanded to cover more than 90 miles, and included trackage obtained from its merger with its competitor: the Hancock and Calumet Railroad. By the turn of the century the majority of the railroad’s business was to the north, along several mines between Calumet and Mohawk. For the sake of efficiency the railroad was forced to move its base of operations north to Calumet. In the process the company constructed a new roundhouse and several support structures just outside of the village – at a point where C&H would later build its trestle along its line to Red Jacket.”