• Up the Hill Behind Mason…

    Up the Hill Behind Mason…

    When Quincy was forced to move its stamp mill from the Portage to Torch Lake, it had to move an entire population of workers as well. Before cars and paved roads were prevalent, commuting long distanc...

  • Sturgeon River Trestle

    Sturgeon River Trestle

    The Copper Country’s rail connections to the outside world was controlled by two railroads: the Copper Range and the DSS&A (Duluth South Shore and Atlantic). The Copper Range’s route ...

  • 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...

  • 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.”