Tag Archives: Rock House

The Quincy Method (p3)

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Mining at its most basic level is nothing more than an exercise in transporting rock from one point to another. This process begins underground soon after the rock is blasted free from its subterrarian home as it is loaded into tram cars for transportation towards the nearest shaft. There it is transferred into skips …

The Quincy Method (p2)

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The Quincy Mine’s first foray into placing a rockhouse into its shafthouse was at the old Pewabic No.6, a shaft Quincy had acquired when it purchased its old neighbor in 1891. Known as the “North Quincy”, this shaft was far removed from the rest of the mine’s surface plant including its …

The Quincy Method (p1)

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In its infancy, copper mining in the Keweenaw was an especially labor intensive enterprise. In its most simplest form, mining was nothing more then hole digging and with little technological assistance available at the time those holes were dug primarily with men with shovels and wheelbarrows. When rock was encountered the shovels gave …

The Life and Times of Quincy No.2

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She came into this world in 1856, offspring to a struggling mine trying desperately to make ends meet. She was a twin, her sister next door erected the same year. She wasn’t the mine’s first, and despite her name wasn’t its second either. The Quincy Mine at the time already …

Mining Moderne

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The Copper Empire lasted for over a century and a half – its dominion covering several major periods of American history. It was front in center in the country’s Gilded Age of industry, provided copper for two world wars and the war between the states, limped its way through the …

Where the Hoist Cable Takes Us

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With the ruins of the old hoist building pointing the way, we headed through the thick woods in as straight of a line as we could in search of the hoist’s shaft. Before long we scrambled up a short embankment and found ourselves crossing an old dirt road. We had …

The Money Maker (p1)

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The narrow lands of the old Schoolcraft Mine property were surrounded on all sides by mines of a higher caliber, mines such as the Tamarack and C&H which seemed to find success at every turn. In contrast the  Schoolcraft – and its Centennial heir – never seemed to be so …

A Giant Among Giants

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A ruin-scape of such scope and magnitude as we’ve been exploring at the Lake Mine deserve one more look before moving on. It’s hard to comprehend the sheer immensity of these ruins until you’re standing in their shadows, staring high up above you at their soaring reach. The No.2 Rock …

The Colossus Returns

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When we last visited the old Lake Mine down in the remote depths of Ontonagon County we had taken a look at a pair of incredibly massive rock house foundations rising up from the earth at the old No.2 shaft location. Yet those towering monoliths were only part of the …

Ruin in the Field

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Lately we’ve briefly explored a bit of C&H’s more desperate times, with a look at one of its last great hopes in the form of the Osceola No.6. The Opechee shaft wasn’t C&H’s last attempt at finding fleeting copper riches, nor was it the first. Before the Osceola it would …

The Opechee

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According to legend, the Robin was a bird in search of purpose who found his calling in his unique ability to sense the approach of spring. As the robin arrived the rest of the bird kingdom would soon follow, secure in the knowledge that springs bounty was soon upon them. …

The Colossus

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In the grand scheme of the copper empire the Lake Mine just east of Mass City was not particularly important. Though it managed to operate for nearly 20 years the mine and its brother to the north managed only a scant couple million pounds of copper; never paid a dividend, …

A Mass(ive) Rock House

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The Mass Mine sits atop a massive rocky bluff overlooking the quaint little town of Mass, and as such was in a rather precarious position in regards to its accessibility by rail. THe mine’s shafts were sunk right up alongside the face of the bluff, and provided no room for …

CC Scrapbook: Vintage Centennial No.2 Edition

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We return this week with more great vintage shots from fellow explorer Paul Meier, who has been kind enough as of late to sen me a great collection of scans from photos he took of a Copper Empire in decline in the early to mid 60’s. Last week we explored …

C Shaft Terraces

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After our discovery down at the bast of the hill, it was readily apparent to us that the Michigan Mine’s “C” shaft was something altogether different then anything we have seen before. Instead of just one large rock house/ shaft house structure we were confronted instead with a bizarre world …

Where Man Has Left His Mark

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It didn’t look like much from the old railroad grade, that was for sure. Just a mass of concrete shrouded in the trees alongside the trail. But as we approached the scale of the situation quickly became clear. The closer we got to the concrete monstrosity the small we began …

The “B” Shaft

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The Minesoata was typical of early fissure copper mines in the region. Scattered and seemingly chaotic, the mine sunk nearly a dozen shafts along its holdings atop the north bluff. With such a rich mine precision and efficiency weren’t so important; when the copper was literally lying about your feet …

In the Arcadian Style

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the Trimountain Mine outfitted its shafts with structures and equipment acquired from the defunct Arcadian property. These items included three almost brand spanking new shaft / rock houses, which Trimountain proceeded to place atop three shafts of its own. While I’m not sure which …

The Many Faces of the No.2

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We had discussed earlier the oddities of Trimountain’s No.2 rock house, a building whose ruins spoke of a structure of much different configuration then the one the Sanborn maps describe. The overview map included with yesterday’s post illustrates that point, as the shaft rock house combination shown there looks nothing …

Pale Walls and Fiery Foliage

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While the No.1 shaft may have been the Trimountain’s first, it would quickly become eclipsed by its younger brother to the north – the No.2. It would be here that the mine would begin making its money, and because of that it was here that the company elected to instal …

The Caldwell (p1)

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The success of the C&H Mine atop the Calumet Conglomerate attracted a great deal of attention as well as the interest of numerous investors hoping to cash in on the lode’s apparent riches. This meant the lands to the south and north of C&H became very desirable real estate, and …

Tamarack No.2 in HO Scale

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After featuring Ian’s great line drawings of various Copper Country mine structures last week, I was immediately reminded of another great CC artist that also happens to be a reader of CCE. His name is David Karkoski, and his medium of choice is wood, plastic, and metal. David’s art is …

Something Borrowed, Something New

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As we reached the top of the bluff the road on which we traveled split in two, forcing a decision as to our next direction of travel. With the poor rock pile sitting down to our left we thought left would be the better bet, and it was. Almost as …

The Rock House

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Leaving the Delaware’s superintendents house behind, we cut through the adjacent woods for a short spell before emerging on the edge of a large poor rock pile. The pile had been largely bulldozed flat, leaving a carpet of ragged red colored rock along the ground. The old rock pile sat …