Roads

The Parks of Cliff Drive

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The road began its life as a mine access road, a rather narrow and rugged trail meandering its way from the port of Eagle River up to the mines cropping up along the rugged cliffs of the peninsula’s bony spine. Luckily one of these early mines – the Cliff – …

A Drive in the Mountains (p2)

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Brockway Mountain Drive is easily the premier tourist attraction of the entire Keweenaw, providing easy access to some of the peninsula’s most incredible scenic vistas and natural wonders. From the mountain’s rolling topography can be viewed the sparkling waters of four lakes nestled in the rugged topography, as well as …

A Drive in the Mountains (p1)

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By the time the economic calamity of the 1930s struck the Keweenaw, the great Copper Empire had been in decline for nearly a decade. The plethora of mines that one dotted the peninsula’s landscape had been whittled down to just a handful, with most of those under the control of …

Historic Bridges of the Copper Country

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After taking our look at the old Main Street Bridge in Eagle River, I thought we’d follow up with a brief look at several other historic bridges found across the Copper Country. While no bridge mecca like other parts of the state, the Keweenaw still manages to boast a few …

Silver Creek Culvert

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While the Portage Lift Bridge may be particularly famous as a bridge of note, the Keweenaw Peninsula’s lack of wide and deep rivers limit the amount of impressive bridges found across her extensive roadways. For the most part the bridges found throughout the peninsula are of a relatively simple and …

An Old Car in the Woods

If history is just a story of us told from the perspective of the victors, whose story does this old hulk tell? It resides neither in a museum or collector's garage, but instead sits at the bottom of a deep ravine neighboring an old mine site. Though gutted and stripped with its rusty frame left bare, this old vehicular contrivance stands tall and proud. It almost appears to still be sitting on the curb, waiting to transport its passengers to some far off destination. Only no passengers will ever arrive, and the rotting skeleton that remains has no place to go.

Cliff Drive Bridge

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Though most of us use it today as a scenic drive, Cliff Drive was once one of the peninsula’s main north-south transportation corridors. It was built by the Pittsburgh and Boston Mining Company to access its newly opened Cliff property, several miles west of the Phoenix. As more mines began …

An Abandoned Bridge

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Normally it would lie shrouded in the green foliage of summer, and for most people it’s brief appearance downriver as you cross the West Branch of the Firesteel River along M26 is too quick to catch. But for those people of a more observant nature a quick glimpse of it’s …

Along Clark Mine Road

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After our brief look at the Fanny Hooe Creek bridge last week, I thought we’d take a quick look at another interesting river crossing in the Copper Harbor area. The same waters that cross under that previously featured bridge also cross through this interestingly built culvert found along Clark Mine …

A Copper Harbor Bridge

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This beautiful concrete and stone bridge carries US41 over Fanny Hooe Creek, just outside of Fort Wilkins. While sitting along the route used by the old Military Road, the bridge itself is a more modern addition built long after the military complex was abandoned. The erection of such a structure …

The Swedetown Bridge

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It was during the height of the Civil War that mine companies – including C&H – found themselves with a shortage of able-bodied men to work the underground. In response agents were dispatched to Scandinavian countries with the promise of free passage to America for anyone willing to work in …