Tag Archives: Rails

Keebler’s Bumper

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It lies half buried and forgotten, covered in decades’ worth of shifting stamp sands and scattering debris at the head of the Quincy Smelter’s dock. In its current state it appears to be nothing more then a hefty iron block supported by several equally formidable iron posts, but the clues …

An LL&TL Trestle

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Today we take a quick look at what is somewhat of an oddity here in the Copper Country – a functioning railroad trestle. Though all of the CC’s common carrier and private railroads have all disappeared off the map (along with most of their infrastructure) there does remain one operational …

Tramways (p2)

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The slag skimmed from the furnaces was not simply a waste product that could be disposed of right away. While consisting primarily of waste rock there was still a fair amount of copper to be found as well. To remove those last remaining drops of copper the slag would be …

Tramways (p1)

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The Quincy Smelting Works is a large and expansive complex, one that is not only home to furnace buildings and mineral houses but also a sprawling collection of support facilities including coal sheds, warehouses, and slag dumps. In the beginning materials were transported across these facilities on simple wheeled carts, …

What Was Once Tecumseh No.2

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LaSalle No.2, previously known as Tecumseh No.2 The LaSalle Mine was a combination of two older mines – the Tecumseh and the Caldwell – that had simply taken those older shafts as its own (with some new numbering). The LaSalle held a total of 4 shafts, two on the Tecumseh …

The Rails that Remain (p2)

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For a transportation system that could only operate over rails, railroads were incredibly dynamic. In the case of C&H, the miles of tracks on which its train ran were constantly rearranged and rerouted in response to the companies ever changing needs. As new shafts opened, new spur lines were quickly …

The Rails that Remain (p1)

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Nestled between the towns of Calumet and Laurium lies a narrow strip of land some two miles in length on which was built the largest industrial complex the Keweenaw has ever known – the C&H surface plant. Built to serve the great Calumet Conglomerate lode which sat just below the …

Rails On Water

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After having been sucked up from the lake bottom by the dredge, stamp sands were then sent down along the pontoon line to shore to began the reclamation process. From our vantage point out near the old pontoon line we could see in the distance the bleached white remains of …

Sturgeon River Trestle

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The Copper Country’s rail connections to the outside world was controlled by two railroads: the Copper Range and the DSS&A (Duluth South Shore and Atlantic). The Copper Range’s route took it south through Twin Lakes on its way towards Greenland. The DSS&A route followed the Portage lakeshore, down through Chassell …

The Mineral Range Revisited

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the remains of a Mineral Range dual-gauge track near Mesnard For railroad fans, the Keweenaw is a treasure trove of material. Besides the dozen’s of short line railroads that were built to service various mines (The H&TL and Q&TL being the most popular) there were also a collection of larger …

Along the Old Pewabic (p2)

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When Quincy acquired the Pewabic Mine it inherited an obsolete and dilapidated surface plant consisting of an old shaft/rock house, hoist house, a few carpentry shops and a boiler house. Quincy re-used as much as they could, but a few new buildings had be built for its new No. 6 …

Back to the Junction

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Today I’m feature a collection of old photos generously submitted by one of our readers – Gordy Our journey along the Mineral Range from Pt. Mills Junction ends not at the Arcadian Mine itself, but at Arcadia Junction a mile or so beyond. Here is where this Arcadian line joins …

Industrial Core

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looking across the industrial core in Calumet Sandwiched between the towns of Red Jacket (later Calumet) and Laurium was an immense industrial corridor stretching over a mile from the north side of Red Jacket as far south as Osceola. This was home to the great Calumet & Hecla mine and …

Russell Snow Plow #2

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Railroads that operated in northern climates have to operate is some extreme conditions for a good 6 months of the year. This was especially true here in the Keweenaw, where snowfall can easily top 300 inches a year. For a time Copper Country railroads relied on the standard method of …

A Train Forgotten

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The railroad we walked on was in operation for over 50 years. Lines of rock cars moved up and down it every day for all those yeas. Then, one day, it simply stopped. The workers simply left, leaving everything where it was. Some things were sold; some were dismantled. Other …

The New Q&TL

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After a short distance traveling along the trail, we came to a clearing. In front of us, crossing the trail and blocking our path, was a rail line. This line, however, was intact and relatively new looking. What’s more, it was actually three rails. The rails on the outside were …