• 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...

  • Another Houghton Depot

    Another Houghton Depot

    When the Marquette, Houghton and Ontonagon Railroad arrived to Houghton around 1883 the line’s terminus was at the eastern outskirts of the city, several blocks distant from downtown. This small...

  • Arcadia Junction

    Arcadia Junction

    an old rusted railroad sign that once signaled the upcoming Arcadia junction and siding The Arcadian Copper Company thought they were on to something big when they attempted to open the northern exten...

  • Railroads of the Copper Country (DSS&A)

    Railroads of the Copper Country (DSS&A)

    The Copper Country was a wild and rugged land as the 19th century approached its close. Transportation to and from the peninsula was done primarily by means of Lake Superior. While this water route al...

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.”