• 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....

  • The Arcadian Branch

    The Arcadian Branch

    Everyone believed the Arcadian Mine was to be a great success. Investors clamored over each other to invest, newspapers proclaimed the new king of copper, and the Mineral Range drank it all up. To tha...

  • Mineral Range Depot (Calumet)

    Mineral Range Depot (Calumet)

    There was a time when trains were the primary form of transportation across the Keweenaw. Several railroads ran daily passenger trains across the peninsula and outward towards points further south. Wi...

  • 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...

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.”