• Back to the Junction

    Back to the Junction

    Today I’m feature a collection of old photos generously submitted by one of our readers – Gordy Our journey along the Mineral Range from Pt. Mills Junction ends not at the Arcadian Mine it...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

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.”