Tag Archives: House

The Mining Camp (p1)

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For decades the great Copper Rush stayed clear of the rugged hills lying just south of the Portage Valley, the only incursion of note being the Atlantic in 1872. It wasn’t until nearly a quarter century later the area’s true copper potential would be realized with the discovery of the Baltic …

A Closer Look at Pewabic and Third

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One of the more unique houses on our list of Laurium’s rich and famous is this interesting building residing at the corner of Pewabic and Third. The home is the Vivian House, and was built by the son of Captain Johnson Vivian. While not the largest or most opulent of …

Homes of the Rich and Famous

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As with most American communities, the Red Jacket region was starkly divided by class and social standing. While the village itself was predominantly home to immigrants and laborers, the same couldn’t be said for the neighboring community of Laurium. The Beverly Hills of the Copper Country, this sprawling residential area …

A Central House

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Hidden away off the main road in the old ghost town of Central sits this interesting old home – one of hundreds that once graced the slopes of the hillside here. It seems in remarkably great shape, looking almost as if it was just built yesterday. We had stumbled across …

The Hosking House

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Sandstone was a particularly expensive and unwieldy construction material, usually reserved for structures built with some rather substantial financial backing. Thus most sandstone buildings erected across the Keweenaw at the end of the nineteenth century were often built by one of three well-to-do institutions: government, business, or the upper crust. …

The House on the Hill

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It stands alone and secluded atop a low hill like a medieval European castle. A large expanse of manicured lawn sprinkled with trees and a few flower beds encircle its wood framed walls. A large sturdy fence lines the outer perimeter, a moat built to discourage trespassing livestock and men. …

Even More Ruins

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The amount of ruins to be found at the old Trimountain No.2 site is a bit baffling, though in honesty the amount of old structures here is not substantially greater then other sites. It’s just that those buildings are scattered about rather far and wide, and lay across a rather …

A Corner Lost in Time

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William Harris was one of Lake Linden’s most prominent citizens, having not only ran a successful mercantile business in town but also serving as the village’s first mayor. After the devastating fire of 1887 decimated twelve city blocks, Harris helped finance the rebuilding effort with several grand – and most …

Some Old Homes

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In 1849 it was known as the Cushin; in 1850 it was part of the Forest empire and by 1858 it had become known as the Victoria – a fitting name considering its English origins. Unfortunately each of these incarnations were seemingly doomed from the start and none were able …

The Sandstone House

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We’ve discussed this old stone building before on CCE but have yet to feature it. So today we take a quick look at what has to be Hancock’s oddest structure. I don’t know its name, nor its history. All I know is that it’s a rather unique and interesting building. …

The Kitti House Revisited

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After posting my article on Oak Street’s 700 Block, I received an email from Henry Kitti’s great granddaughter – Sidney Butler – who actually still lives in the old Kitti house on the corner of 7th. She provided a few more photos of the old place, along with a bit …

A Whealkate Homestead

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For the most part the majority of the Keweenaw Peninsula was owned by mine companies, land acquired for either its mineral or lumber riches. For those mines with good fortune – such as C&H or Quincy – these lands were often converted into company housing and rented out to their …

An Abandoned Osceola Location

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The South Hecla Shafts and Mineral Range Roundhouse – as seen from atop the Osceola No.1 Conglomerate shaft house The Osceola Mine began its illustrious life with a desperate attempt to reap the riches of the great Calumet Conglomerate Lode – a lode that had proved enormously successful for the …

Remains of the Phoenix

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Arising from the ashes of the late Lake Superior Copper Company rose the Phoenix Mine, a company that quickly found itself in need of money. To quickly raise some of the needed funds the new mine company sold off a good deal of its land holdings near the mouth of …

The House

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For so long have we been dwelling in the realm of industry and infrastructure here at Baltic that we have failed to appreciate a more humanized angle. For all we know these sandstone walls and concrete foundations could have been built by giants, aliens, or Gods – anything but the …

In a Place with No Roads

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The mine’s of the Copper Country were generally self-reliant except for three things which they could not find along the peninsula: coal, iron, and explosives. For that time these items were transported here from elsewhere at high cost to the mine companies. In an attempt to lower these costs, the …

Visitor’s Center

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the new visitors center and miner’s house at Central For many decades Central simply sat and decayed. Building after building was abandoned, and year after year the heavy snows did their work brining them down. Besides a few summertime residents, the town of over a thousand became a town of …

A Ghost Town No More

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Even decades after its closure, the size and scope of a once thriving settlement can easily be seen In 1854 a mine was opened on a fissure deposit of copper atop a craggy bluff overlooking the East Branch of the Eagle River. Like most mines begun along the Keweenaw it …

Osceola Revisited

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a piece of foundation we thought might have been the Osceola Depot. But is it? The Osceola Mine struck fortune with the discovery of the Osceola Amygdaloid lode in 1877, just to the southeast of C&H’s Hecla Mine. The three original shafts of the Osceola became big producers, and as …

Pewabic and 3rd

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Today we start another feature here at Explorer: Then and Now. While our exploration journals take a look at the past through the ruins that remain, and Copper Country Window takes a look at the area today, Then and Now will attempt to connect the two – past and present. …