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A Road Runs Through It

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For decades the Copper Country’s southern range – the rugged highlands south of the Portage Valley – seem to be barren of the great copper riches found along the rest of the peninsula. At first hopes were high as speculators were immediatly attracted to the rocky summit overlooking present day South …

Along Grosse Point Shores

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At the north end of Portage Lake nestled between its north and west arms sits the Dollar Peninsula – a large outcropping of land which physically sets Torch Lake apart from Portage Lake. Extending into Portage Lake at the peninsula’s southern end is a protrusion of land known as Grosse …

The Support Buildings (p1)

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As we exited the boiler complex we were leaving behind the last of the Quincy Smelter’s main production facilities. But there was still – amazingly – a great deal of buildings still surviving at the site for exploration. These buildings were the smelter’s support buildings, smaller one-room structures which served …

A Mineral Range Oil House

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The Mineral Range Railroad began its life in 1873 as a short 14 mile line connecting Hancock and Calumet. In this original configuration the majority of the railroad’s surface structures were located in Hancock, including its locomotive house and machine shops. But over the years the line expanded to cover …

A Baltic Building

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the line of shaft houses which make up the Baltic Mine It was the Baltic Mine that started it all for the great Copper Range. While starting as an independent mine in 1897, the vast share of its stock was quickly gobbled up by the Copper Range Consolidated Company. In …

Another Point of View

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the Champion No. 4, as seen from the point of view of Olivia Bartlett While my daily posting have ceased for the time being, I still am trying to add new material at least once a week to keep the site limping along. Towards that end I bring you today’s …

Oil House

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We haven’t yet come across too many ruins of oil houses in our explorations. I’m not sure why that is. Oil was used as a lubricant in almost all machines and equipment used at the mine, and was essential to its smooth operation. Oil houses were buildings that stored and …