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Sitting at Arm’s Reach

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The short jaunt between the mining locations of Baltic and Brooklyn takes travelers through the center of the old Baltic Mine itself, a journey that brings one up and close to some of the mine’s old structures still standing alongside the road. Buildings like the Machine Shop and Transformer House are …

Just A Few Foundations More

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From the outside all we could make out was the four tall concrete walls, with nothing else to help us identify what may lie within. It may have been a second hoist house, or it could have been a compressor house. The only way we were going to find out …

An Isle Royale Encore (p2)

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The hoist foundation at the old Isle Royale No.2 is accompanied by a second rock and brick foundation sitting just to its rear. Like the hoist, this foundation features a pair of parallel pedestals sitting about six feet in height – support stands for cylinders belonging to a Nordberg air …

Michigan Mine Illustrated

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The Michigan Mine’s large engine complex is a rather complicated structure. From the ground the structure’s remains resemble a barrage of concrete pedestals and walls sprawled out in the woods with no discernible pattern, rhyme, or reason. A good deal of this has to do with the building’s evolution over …

Where Compressed Air Is Made

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Leaving the “A” Hoist behind, we continue further along the Michigan Mine’s sprawling hoist complex and to yet another set of massive concrete foundations. Unlike those found previously, these pedestals most likely belong to a large air compressor. Like a hoist, these machines comprised of two steam cylinders set upon …

More to Explore

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Like most mine sites found across the Keweenaw, Tamarack No.3 is much more then just a rock house, some cable stands, and a hoist house. A wide assortment of surface structures all work together to ensure the efficient movement of men and materials in and out of a mine, and …

The Brick Yard

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When the Osceola started up the South Kearsarge it spared every expense it could with the mine’s surface accommodations. Most of the machinery was recycled from defunct Osceola shafts and the buildings themselves were made of wood. There would be no large stone buildings here as we would find at …

Walls…and The Big Picture

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When it comes to the remains of the Arnold Mine perhaps the most spectacular feature of it all is the walls themselves. It was over a century ago that these stone walls were laid down in the wilderness by hand, rock by rock, stone by stone. Considering the size of …

A Place of Quiet Reflection (p2)

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A typical copper mine’s surface plant can be organized into two distinct types, based loosely on the period in which they were erected. Early mines would build independent buildings to house the hoist engine and compressor engine separately from each other. Later – around the turn of the century – …

More Ruins at Seneca

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Next door to the Seneca No.1’s boiler house was another set of concrete ruins. These particular foundations were decorated with several iron bolts protruding up out of their surface – a sign that we were looking at the foundations for some piece of equipment. More specifically these pedestals were once …

The Compressor Foundation

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At the beginning there were no compressor houses, due largely to the fact that there were no need for such machines considering air drills hadn’t been invented yet. Mines from this period relied on the rather archaic mining method of using chisels and sledgehammers. It wasn’t until the introduction of …

The Compressor House

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The Conglomerate Mine spared no expense in the construction of a formidable surface plant for its aspiring mine. Along with the usual collection of boilers and hoisting equipment, the company also built itself a seven mile railroad – complete with two locomotives and a generous supply of rock cars – …

The Compressor House

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Heading westward in the direction dictated by that old utility tunnel led us to a collection of brick ruins scattered throughout the woods. We couldn’t find any obvious foundation, but these brick platforms looked to belong to some type of steam equipment, something far less expansive then a hoist. Our …

Mine Machines: Air Compressors

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Before the application of electric generation to the Copper Country landscape, all of a mine’s mechanical power was only obtainable from steam. While this form of power was convenient for a mine’s surface plant where large boiler houses and smokestacks could be constructed, its application to the underground was a …

The Complex (p4)

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One of the challenges faced by explorers such as myself while attempting to interpret the ruins we find is a determination of purpose – why a ruin exists and what purpose it once served. Often this is a problem of context, since ruins by their very nature are isolated in …

The Complex (p3)

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After exploring two large machine foundations within the sprawling Isle Royale No. 4 complex, we found ourselves face to face with yet another – this one sitting within its own room on the complex’s south side. This foundation was oddly familiar to us, and looked very similar to the one …

The Complex (p2)

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From atop the old hoist foundation at the Isle Royale No. 4 we found ourselves peering out over a sprawling concrete landscape stretching off towards the tree line. Littered along it were a collection of massive foundations, machine mounts, and walls. In addition to the hoist itself the large complex …

The Hoist in the Swamp

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Though the Dry House was the first building to catch our eyes after leaving the Rock House remains, it was not the first building we ended up looking for. According to the standard operating procedure for CC exploring (at least in my book) the hoist always follows the shaft/rock house …

LaSalle No.2 – the Leftovers

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Before moving on from our exploration of LaSalle No.2 we’ll take one last look at some of the odd’s and ends we found along the way. These are ruins and remnants that were not substantial enough by themselves to warrant their own post, but were significant enough to mention. Consider …

Guest Post: Superior No.1

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From its earliest conception I had always envisioned CCE as a community gathering spot, where fellow Copper Country explorers could share information and swap stories about their own explorations. Towards that end I have had an open policy when it came to guest contributions – if you have any adventures, …

A Den of Steam Engines…

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Trimountain No. 3 – the ruins of which we were currently exploring – had an interesting layout for its surface plant. Instead of a collection of individual buildings housing the mine’s compressors, hoist and boilers; the shaft utilized one large building that contained all three. The result today is a …

Two Boilers and a Compressor

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As is the case with any copper mine top billing often goes to the stars of the show – the hoist and the shaft. But a mine’s minor players also deserve their due, since they too have had a role in the final production. Two important members of this supporting …

Mesnard Compressor House

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After yesterday’s first post on our Mesnard exploration, readers pointed out the existence of a large group of ruins sitting just behind the modern structures we had featured. I had noticed those same ruins on aerial images myself (highlighted on the image above) before heading out on the trail, and …

Along the Old Pewabic (p1)

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If it wasn’t for the discovery of the Pewabic Lode by Quincy’s northern neighbor, “old reliable” may have never survived its misfortunes along the Quincy Lode. It didn’t take Quincy long to find the Pewabic’s extension onto its property and begin sinking shafts to exploit it. But while the Pewabic …

A Row of Foundations

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The Ahmeek Mine was the savior that C&H had desperately been searching for. As production began to wane along the great Calumet Conglomerate lode the company began a hectic search for the next great rising star. The new star – it turned out – was the Kearsarge Amygdaloid lode. Through …