Dry House

Mines

The Quincy Dry House

CCE takes another look at the remains of the Quincy Mine's old dry house - now in HD.
Calumet & Hecla Mine

The C&H Dry House

Standing in the shadow of the C&H Drill Shop is another rubble rock structure – this one a squat and…
Mines

Scrapbook Fridays: Sixties North Kearsarge Edition

This week’s scrapbook is courtesy long time Copper Country Explorer Paul Meier, who’s lucky enough to have seen (and photographed)…
Michigan Mine

Walls and Pedestals

Leaving the Michigan’s boiler house behind we headed further into the forest to explore what we thought might be one…
Calumet & Hecla Mine

A Dry Built of Sandstone

During my work with the Keweenaw Heritage Center in preparation for next year’s sandstone exhibit we had noted an odd…
Mines

The Ojibway Mine

The copper-rich Kearsarge Lode was first discovered in 1882, and within several years enterprising ming companies had acquired mineral rights…
Isle Royale Mine

That Which Survives (p1)

For the most part copper mines along the Keweenaw erected very modest surface plants, directing most of their money into…
Isle Royale Mine

Another Isle Royale Dry

The new Isle Royale Copper Company began its reinvigorated life in 1899, quickly investing large sums of money into the…
Isle Royale Mine

An Isle Royale Dry House

With the shaft and rockhouse taken care of, it was now time to search for the remaining pieces of the…
Atlas Powder Company

Change Houses

Nitroglycerin had several bad habits, the least of which was its tendency to explode violently when agitated. Even more of…
Mines

A Modern Mesnard

After Quincy bought up the defunct Mesnard Mine in 1896 it re-opened one of its original shafts, which became Quincy…
Mines

A Quincy Dry (p2)

Attached to the south end of the dry house was a second much larger building. If it wasn’t in ruin…
Champion Mine

In Support of No. 4

keeping the Champion Mine safe from fire… Most of the time at Explorer we deal with “the big three” when…
Champion Mine

Up Close & Personal

the still grand looking front entrance to the Champion Dry – over a century past its prime It was an…
Champion Mine

The Champion Dry

the stone walls of the Champion’s Dry House Before the advent of air-powered drills, mining was a much more laborious…
Calumet & Hecla Mine

Found Along the Road

looking down Mine Street towards the north, and the industrial complex of the late C&H Mine Street was the center…
Allouez Mine

Core Samples

tools in the search for copper – core samples The success or failure of a copper mine depends greatly an…
Mines

North Kearsarge No. 3

a shaft and rock house on the Kearsarge lode similar to what might have stood at North Kearsarge No.3 The…
Mines

Peripheral Uses

While most mines paired up a dedicated boiler house for each hoist, the steam from those boilers were often used…
Centennial Mine

And All the Rest…

an empty fire hydrant sits alone in the field in front of the Centennial dry By now it was getting…
Iroquois Mine

Stories of Men

the story left untold Our explorations across the Keweenaw uncover a great deal of mining history. From abandoned rail lines,…
Gratiot mine

The Dry

remains of a drain cover sit on a concrete slab Mining was a very dirty occupation. Working underground, drilling holes…