• 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • A Re-Alignment

    A Re-Alignment

    The Osceola Mine and the community that served it continued to grow up through the turn of the century. The mine expanded southward, opening two new shafts along the old Opechee Mine property. The tow...

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.”