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A Portal to the Depths

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While the colossus rock house foundations had deservedly garnered much of our earlier attention at the Lake Mine, our eyes had been redirected to another impressive mass of concrete sitting a bit apart from all the action. Based on its location we knew what it had to be, but the …

A Michigan Bat Cage

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The old Michigan Mine property is a literal mine field, encompassing the shafts from not only the Michigan, but also the Minesota, Superior, Rockland, and National Mines as well. In total several dozen old mine shafts are littered across the rugged landscape, creating a rather perilous hike for those unaware …

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 Shaft House’s Remains

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Like many mines, the Trimountain utilized a combo shaft / rock house for their shafts. These buildings combined a stand alone shaft house – a building that traditionally only served to protect the shaft entrance from the elements – with a rock house, a building where rock coming up from …

The Caldwell (p1)

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The success of the C&H Mine atop the Calumet Conglomerate attracted a great deal of attention as well as the interest of numerous investors hoping to cash in on the lode’s apparent riches. This meant the lands to the south and north of C&H became very desirable real estate, and …

Tamarack No.3

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When the Tamarack Mine undertook the ambitious plan of mining the Calumet Conglomerate at depth, it was an incredibly risky and ambitious plan that had no contemporary counterpart. It was only blind faith that encouraged the investment in such a ludicrous scheme, faith in the experience and expertise of the …

The Number Two

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When Captain Hooper first took reins of the old Victoria property in 1881 he found a mine in disarray. Not only was it flooded, which was too be expected, but all the mine’s timbers had rotted away, the adit level had partially collapsed, and the shafts were crooked and haphazardly …

More Copper Falls Clues

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As I’ve noted before there isn’t a great deal left of the sprawling collection of mines that once occupied Petherick Hill. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to collaborate those mines’ existence. Besides the recently featured Spencer ruins we’ve also showcases the old Copper Falls powder house as well …