Tamarack Location

An operation of such size and scope as the Tamarack Mine required a great deal of labor to succeed, nearly 2000 able bodied men when all was said and done. Since the adjacent village of Red Jacket was already quite overcrowded by the time Tamarack arrived on the scene, this new influx of workers required a new supply of housing. In response the company dutifully cleared land around the mine site, laid out a grid work of streets, and lined those streets with over a hundred houses and duplexes for those workers and their families to live. With this the community known as Tamarack Location was born.

Tamarack – Then & Now (p5)

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Squeezed between Tamarack’s eastern border of First Street and the tracks of the Mineral Range railroad sit a collection of tightly packed homes that epitomize the look and feel of a mining camp. Here along only four acres of land stand over 30 company homes, easily the densest residential neighborhood …

Tamarack – Then & Now (p4)

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After making our way off of Tamarack Hill and down onto the adjacent flatlands on which great Red Jacket is built, we find ourselves on the doorstep of the Tamarack Mine itself. The mine’s compliment of shafts were geographically segregated into three separate areas with each area having its own …

Tamarack – Then & Now (p3)

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Mining companies built several types of houses for its workers, the notable difference in each relating to who would be occupying that home when it was finished. In the beginning most mine companies built simple boarding houses, where groups of men could live together under one roof. When workers began …

Tamarack – Then & Now (p2)

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Tamarack Location – like most mining locations – was physically separated into distinct neighborhoods based on economic and social class. The community’s upper class – mine managers and captains – resided along Second Street at the base of the hill. The middle class lived in relatively large single family residences …

Tamarack – Then & Now (p1)

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It was deep within the conglomerate workings of the Osceola Mine that Captain John Daniell would first envision the Tamarack Mine. It was the late 1870’s and the Osceola had been attempting to mine the great Calumet Conglomerate Lode at its southern end, but with little success. It appeared that …