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The Quincy Method (p3)

Mining at its most basic level is nothing more than an exercise in transporting rock from one point to another. This…
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The Quincy Method (p2)

The Quincy Mine’s first foray into placing a rockhouse into its shafthouse was at the old Pewabic No.6, a shaft…
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The Quincy Method (p1)

In its infancy, copper mining in the Keweenaw was an especially labor intensive enterprise. In its most simplest form, mining was nothing more…
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The Life and Times of Quincy No.2

She came into this world in 1856, offspring to a struggling mine trying desperately to make ends meet. She was…
Centennial Mine

Mining Moderne

The Copper Empire lasted for over a century and a half – its dominion covering several major periods of American…
Baltic Mine

Where the Hoist Cable Takes Us

With the ruins of the old hoist building pointing the way, we headed through the thick woods in as straight…
Centennial Mine

The Money Maker (p1)

The narrow lands of the old Schoolcraft Mine property were surrounded on all sides by mines of a higher caliber,…
Lake Mine

A Giant Among Giants

A ruin-scape of such scope and magnitude as we’ve been exploring at the Lake Mine deserve one more look before…
Lake Mine

The Colossus Returns

When we last visited the old Lake Mine down in the remote depths of Ontonagon County we had taken a…
Gratiot mine

Ruin in the Field

Lately we’ve briefly explored a bit of C&H’s more desperate times, with a look at one of its last great…
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The Opechee

According to legend, the Robin was a bird in search of purpose who found his calling in his unique ability…
Lake Mine

The Colossus

In the grand scheme of the copper empire the Lake Mine just east of Mass City was not particularly important.…
Mass Mine

A Mass(ive) Rock House

The Mass Mine sits atop a massive rocky bluff overlooking the quaint little town of Mass, and as such was…
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CC Scrapbook: Vintage Centennial No.2 Edition

We return this week with more great vintage shots from fellow explorer Paul Meier, who has been kind enough as…
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Scrapbook Fridays: Sixties North Kearsarge Edition

This week’s scrapbook is courtesy long time Copper Country Explorer Paul Meier, who’s lucky enough to have seen (and photographed)…
Michigan Mine

C Shaft Terraces

After our discovery down at the bast of the hill, it was readily apparent to us that the Michigan Mine’s…
Michigan Mine

Where Man Has Left His Mark

It didn’t look like much from the old railroad grade, that was for sure. Just a mass of concrete shrouded…
Michigan Mine

The “B” Shaft

The Minesoata was typical of early fissure copper mines in the region. Scattered and seemingly chaotic, the mine sunk nearly…
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In the Arcadian Style

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the Trimountain Mine outfitted its shafts with structures and equipment acquired from the defunct…
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The Many Faces of the No.2

We had discussed earlier the oddities of Trimountain’s No.2 rock house, a building whose ruins spoke of a structure of…
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Pale Walls and Fiery Foliage

While the No.1 shaft may have been the Trimountain’s first, it would quickly become eclipsed by its younger brother to…
LaSalle Mine

The Caldwell (p1)

The success of the C&H Mine atop the Calumet Conglomerate attracted a great deal of attention as well as the…
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Tamarack No.2 in HO Scale

After featuring Ian’s great line drawings of various Copper Country mine structures last week, I was immediately reminded of another…
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Something Borrowed, Something New

As we reached the top of the bluff the road on which we traveled split in two, forcing a decision…
Delaware Mine

The Rock House

Leaving the Delaware’s superintendents house behind, we cut through the adjacent woods for a short spell before emerging on the…