Tag Archives: Cable Stands

A Walk Outside

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After leaving the hoist house ruins we took another walk around the perimeter, this time looking for the cable stands that once brought the hoisting cable out to the distant rock house located far down the hill. Using that notch in the wall we discovered earlier as a starting point, …

The “B” Shaft

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The Minesoata was typical of early fissure copper mines in the region. Scattered and seemingly chaotic, the mine sunk nearly a dozen shafts along its holdings atop the north bluff. With such a rich mine precision and efficiency weren’t so important; when the copper was literally lying about your feet …

A Tip of an Iceberg

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Deep in Ontonagon Country, far from any major town or industrial area lies the isolated and remote town of Rockland. Today the town is nothing more then a rather empty and derelict town, sitting in a picturesque setting along the slopes of a towering ridge line. Though not much today, …

A Hoist of Champion’s (p2)

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From where it stood, the Champion hoist we were looking at appeared out of place with the rest of the mine’s surface plant. Its location along the road put it almost smack dab in the middle from the C and D shafts (the No.2 and No.3), and rather far from …

Cable Stands and More

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Ahh cable stand footings. These things are a dime a dozen, and I’ve probably got a Benjamin’s worth in my pocket after five years of exploring mine sites such as the Tamarack No.3. For the uninitiated the concrete block seen above would have once held the support post to a …

The Pyramids of Victoria

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Leaving both the rock house and shaft house behind, we went off in search of the next piece of the puzzle: the hoist house. As a general rule (though all rules have exceptions), hoist buildings can easily be found by simply walking in a straight line from the rock house, …