Equipment

Mines

Lost and Forgotten

They stand silent and empty, sprinkled across a windswept field like discarded weapons from a war fought and lost long ago.  Yet…
Gratiot mine

An Electric Enigma

Found just outside of the Gratiot Mine’s crumbling shaft house remains stands this enigmatic stranger – a ruin of a…
Carp Mine

The Wheel

Its always a surreal experience to be hiking deep in the Copper Country backcountry miles from any form of civilization…
Industry

Nonesuch Pits As This

The great copper empire may have been left for dead after C&H’s demise, but it still had a good 30…
Industry

Smelter Tech: The Corliss Engine

While James Watt’s improvements to the steam engine may have been responsible for giving birth to the industrial revolution it…
Industry

The Boiler

The industrial machine that was the Copper Empire was nourished almost solely by steam. From locomotives to electric power plants…
Industry

Anatomy of a Mill (Jigs)

A long line of refining jigs at the Quincy Mill After leaving the final stages of the sizing process, the…
Industry

Anatomy of a Mill (Final Sizing)

The process of ore production neither begins or ends at the stamp mill, but instead stretches from the dark drifts…
Ahmeek Mill

Last Stamp Standing

&oiDuring the Copper Empire’s peak, over 100 steam stamps were in operation across the peninsula. As mines and their mills…
Industry

Anatomy of a Mill (Stamps)

&sig The processes of mill work can be separated into four distinct stages. The first stage involves breaking down the…
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…
Industry

Mill Machines: Dorr Thickener

In order to further improve the milling process along the Copper Country mine companies began to turn to newly developed…
Industry

Mill Machines: The Wilfley Table

For most of the Copper Country’s history the milling process has been very inefficient. For every ton of copper recovered,…
Industry

Mill Machines: The Frue Vanner

EDIT: According to several readers with more knowledge on the subject then I, the machine remains pictured in the following…
Industry

The Wooden Box

a mystery box sitting among the Quincy Mill Ruins We find a lot of stuff that baffles us here at…
Centennial Mine

Outhouse

walking away from the rock house on the old railroad grade ore cars once used It was a bit of…
Centennial Mine

Left Behind

The labored and prolonged death of the copper empire had been telegraphed years ahead of time. By the end of…
Mines

Crushing and Sorting

Mining is simple. You drill holes into rock, you stuff explosives in those holes, and you blow the rock up…
Champion Mill

Buddles?

The Champion Mill, like any mill on the Keweenaw, works to separate copper from the rock that entombs it. First,…
Kingston Mine

Ventilation

While underground workers needed to worry about many things that could injure then while in a mine, getting enough air…
Industry

Stamps, Jigs, and Wifleys

The purpose of the Mohawk Mill – as with any stamp mill – was to separate the copper from the…