Tag Archives: Powder House

In the Unlikeliest of Places

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It sits alone and secluded within a vast sea of asphalt and concrete, a sprawling parking lot serving serving Calumet’s expanded elementary complex. A century ago that school building was no where to be found, its footprint instead cradling a portion of Mine Street along with a spiderweb of steam …

Another Champion Powder House

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In what has become a trend as of late, the Champion Mine had not just one powder house to store its explosives, but in fact had two placed no more then a few hundred feet of each other. While the first building was of a more modern design, the second …

A Champion Powder House

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I have heard many rumors about the Champion’s powder house and its apparent “in plain sight” location that manages still to keep its location quite secret. After some more specific information from a local resident in the know, I finally gave it a whirl a few weeks back while in …

Another House That Baltic Built

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While it was amazing to me that there were in fact two powder houses at the old Baltic mine it was even more incredible to find yet another such structure sitting just a few hundred feet away from the one we had just explored. This third building shared many of …

A House that Baltic Built

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Of all the types of ruins that I stumble across during my travels, perhaps the most impressive have always been the powder house. Built to safely store a mines supply of explosives, these bulky structures often survive relatively intact long after all the rest of a mine’s surface plant has …

Powder-palooza

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Thought I’d wrap up this mini powder house tour we’ve been on lately with a rundown of all the explosive storage structures I’ve profiled over the years, and even a few I haven’t. These building’s are the iconic copper country ruin, as you can find them almost anywhere. What’s best …

More Ahmeek Powder

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As I noted yesterday, most mines utilized only one powder house that served all its shafts. In some cases a mine would have a second powder house to serve shafts set apart from the majority of the mine’s property. But after continuing up the road from the Ahmeek No. 3/4’s …

Ahmeek Powder

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While most mines utilized an identical set of surface buildings for each shaft along their property, they usually only used a centralized powder house to serve them all. But this layout always coincided with a mine property that was somewhat small and continuous in size, which wasn’t the case for …

Madison Powder

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The Madison Mine is one of the dozens of fissure mines scattered across the Keweenaw’s northern reaches that produced very little copper and even less interest. Organized in 1853 the mine attempted to pillage a pair of small fissures veins a mile east of Central without much success. For thirty …

Copper Falls Powder

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It sits secluded high atop Petheric Hill, deep within the thick forest found along its rugged slopes. No road, or two-track, or even a trail pays it a visit. Over a hundred and fifty years ago it was abandoned by the men that created it. Today it’s lies forgotten by …

A Bunker in the Woods

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Nestled deep within the wooded slopes of Tamarack Hill on the outskirts of the Swedetown trails stands a concrete oddity. As we first approached it looked to be a short concrete wall running along the trail, but soon it became clear that it was in fact something much more substantial. …

A Baltic Powder House

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It was rumored to exists somewhere out by the old Baltic Mine, and it looks like we finally have proof thanks to fellow explorer Jay Wrixon. Its the mines powder house, still in remarkable shape and hidden deep within the fall foliage of the southern range. At first glance its …

The LaSalle Powder House

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The LaSalle Mine begin its life in 1880 as the Tecumseh, a struggling mine south of Osceola that made several failed attempts to mine both the Calumet and Osceola lodes. The mine’s prospects incredibly brightened with its effort at the Kearsarge Lode, where it sunk two shafts near the turn …

Another Powder House

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Now that we have a vehicle that can more readily travel along the old roads near Copper Harbor we took a trip down an old road near the Clark Mine in search of the old mine’s powder house. The road is marked on maps as “Powderhouse Road”, so I had …

Powderhouse in the Woods

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Man’s pursuit of the Earth’s mineral riches is yet another violent expression of his dominion over the natural world – practiced with the destructive force of explosives. With these powerful weapons we’re able to extend our influence into the Earth itself, thousands of feet below the surface we were meant …

Powder Magazines

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After the dynamite sticks were completed and boxed, they would then be loaded onto narrow-gauge rail cars for transportation over to the storage buildings at the other side of the property. Atlas had three separate storage buildings (known as powder magazines) to insure an accident at one wouldn’t destroy the …

Yet Another Powder House

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we find another powder house, this time outside of the Ahmeek No. 2 We have seen a few of these buildings, and we could tell almost right away what it was for once we stumbled across it. The thick walls, lack of windows, and vents over the doors all point …

Another Look

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taking another look at the Central Mine Powder House Yesterday we took a first look at the powder house at Central, an impressive building still standing in the woods atop the bluff. Today we’ll take a look at the big picture, with a few panoramics of the building from a …

Powder House

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Sitting uncomfortably close to the Central School and nestled between a pair of rocky cliffs lies the Central Mines powder house. In this building was stored the mine’s supply of black powder, placed a safe distance away from the mine and town. The building is designed from the ground up …

Along No. 5 Road

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the No. 5 Road runs along the #5 rockhouse What was left of the #6 Rock House sat at a crossroads. Nearby was the snowmobile trail coming up from Traprock valley on its way north to Mohawk. In fact these ruins were being used as a makeshift sign, as someone …