• The Mineral Range Revisited

    The Mineral Range Revisited

    the remains of a Mineral Range dual-gauge track near Mesnard For railroad fans, the Keweenaw is a treasure trove of material. Besides the dozen’s of short line railroads that were built to servi...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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.”