Hoist House

Baltic Mine

High Walls and Mandibles

From the road it doesn’t look like much, its bulk so well hidden in the foliage that it’s easily missed.…
Atlantic Mine

A Sole Survivor

For a time the Atlantic Mine was the king of its domain, the only operational copper mine south of Houghton…
Lake Mine

Atop the Foundation

After taking a walk around the old maintenance trenches surrounding the Lake Mine’s hoist house, it was time to tackle…
Lake Mine

Breaching the Walls

Leaving the boiler house remains behind, we take a short stroll down the sloping landscape towards that concrete wall we…
Isle Royale Mine

An Isle Royale Encore (p1)

More then a century ago the Isle Royale Mine was the king of the mountain, sitting high atop the hill…
Gratiot mine

Into The Pit

With the majority of the hoist foundation’s topside explored, it was time to drop down into the “pit” and check…
Gratiot mine

Back on Top

Emerging out of the dark tunnels underneath the Gratiot Mine’s hoist building we find ourselves walking within a narrow trench…
Gratiot mine

In the Trenches

It lay shrouded in a green veil of brush and foliage, the surrounding trees and grass cuddled up close to…
Mass Mine

The Missing Link

We’ve managed to explore a great deal of ruins at the old Ogima shaft, otherwise known as the Mass C.…
Mass Mine

On the Inside

After checking out the Mass Mine’s Hoist House from its outside, we turned our attention to what could be found…
Mass Mine

Concrete Walls

Sitting atop a rugged bluff deep within the interior of Ontonagon County sits the Mass Mine, an industrial endeavor that…
Mines

The Opechee

According to legend, the Robin was a bird in search of purpose who found his calling in his unique ability…
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

Michigan Mine Illustrated

The Michigan Mine’s large engine complex is a rather complicated structure. From the ground the structure’s remains resemble a barrage…
Michigan Mine

A Hoist of Unknown Origins

After the oddity that was the “A” hoist down at the west end of the Michigan’s Hoist complex, we were…
Michigan Mine

The Hoist from Another World

While last week we may have given the impression that we had stumbled across the Michigan Mine’s hoist complex after…
Champion Mine

A Hoist of Champion’s (p2)

From where it stood, the Champion hoist we were looking at appeared out of place with the rest of the…
Champion Mine

A Hoist of Champion’s (p1)

When it comes to the grand buildings of the old empire, very few have managed to survive intact to this…
Mines

Within the Castle Walls (p2)

It’s been said many times here on CCE that a typical hoist foundation takes the shape of a capital “H”,…
Mines

Within the Castle Walls (p1)

After taking a long loop around the outside of the hoist building’s towering walls we were confronted with a particularly…
Mines

Standing Tall

Though we’ve been to the Trimountain several times before, we had never previously made it to the mine’s northern reaches…
Mines

One More Look

We’ve been here several times before, featuring this particular hoist two times here on the pages of CCE. Its a…
LaSalle Mine

The Caldwell (p3)

It didn’t take us long to find the Caldwell’s Hoist house, as it was just a few feet from the…
Mines

A Beast of a Hoist

The relationship between a shaft and its hoist is a complicated one, and by no means monogamous. In fact the…
Mines

A Hoist of a Different Breed

With the special St. Anne’s series over, we now return our attention back to exploring the old Victoria Mine… The…