Tag Archives: Rock Piles

Along the Shore of Tamarack Dam

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The great copper mining empire that once dominated the Keweenaw landscape was powered by steam, and therefore required great amounts of water to survive. While mines near Lake Superior or the peninsula’s major inland lakes could find all the water they needed rather easily, those mines that sat far inland …

Along Old Iroquois

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The Kearsarge Lode was first discovered by the original Kearsarge Mine – now known as the North Kearsarge – around 1887. While the lode’s namesake was unable to make much out of the find, its neighbor to the south had a bit more luck. This lucky mine was the Wolverine, …

The Ojibway Mine

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The copper-rich Kearsarge Lode was first discovered in 1882, and within several years enterprising ming companies had acquired mineral rights all along its known outcroppings between Calumet and Ahmeek. At the approach of the 20th century mine managers had believed the extant of the Kearsarge lode had been mapped – …

Guest Post: The Franklin Jr No.2

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This is the second guest post by fellow copper country explorer Brian Wereley, who has been kind enough to send me photos and commentary relating to his exploration of the Franklin Jr mine early this past spring. As I have noted before, CCE is open to anyone who wants to …

Slivers of LaSalle No.1

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LaSalle No.1 – otherwise known as Tecumseh No.1 – sits about 1800 feet north of the No.2. While there was once a spur of the Mineral Range railroad connecting the two mines, its old grade had been obliterated by whoever bulldozed the No.2’s rock pile. Instead we took a stroll …

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 …

Sitting Atop a Rock Pile

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Sitting all alone up there it seems out-of-place and perhaps even lost. But there it was, a concrete footing smack dab in the center of the Baltic No. 2’s massive poor rock pile. Why it was up here we weren’t exactly sure, it was the first time we found anything …

Trimountain No.1

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Of all the mines that had sunk shafts into the great Baltic Lode, the Trimountain could be considered the ugly ducking of the bunch. Besieged by mismanagement and difficult geography the mine was never able to fully take advantage of the copper bounty below its feet. From its establishment in …

Yes Virginia, There Is an Old Seneca…

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After our little discussion the other day on the mysteries of the Seneca Mine and its many names and faces I decided to head on out there to try to clear up at least one of those mysteries – specifically dealing with the existence of the Seneca Mine as marked …

An Old Allouez Album

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peeking out from a cedar grove sits the short epitaph to an old soul The first Allouez Mine – Old Allouez – was begun in 1869. The mine used two shafts to open the newly discovered Allouez Conglomerate Lode sitting at the base of a hill later known as Bumbletown …

Garden City Way

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An old poor rock pile found along Garden City road near Eagle River Somewhere along Garden City Road (and presumably near Garden City Pond) should be the ruins of the Garden City Mine. It was our hopes to find these ruins during a drive along the old road early in …

Two Mines in One

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a road sits on a large rock pile which fills in an old valley on top of the cliffs Moving away from the cliff face we walked deeper into the woods until coming across a small road cutting through the woods. We followed it around a corner and came to …

Another Look

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Revisiting a classic view from the fall – click on image to view panoramic Climbing the pile proved a little difficult, but after some slipping and sliding we made it to the top. The pile stretched out ahead of us in a single long line out into the gap. Beyond …

Valley of the Mines

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overlooking the Allouez gap from the vantage point of a North Kearsarge poor rock pile, the Cliff range is seen in the distance One of the highest concentrations of mines along the Keweenaw can be found in a 4 mile strip of land sitting between the towns of Calumet and …

Mohawk Remains

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Most of the copper mined on the Keweenaw came from a narrow strip of land only 25 miles in length. At the northern end of this strip you will find the relatively successful Mohawk Mine. This sprawling mine (all six shafts of her) along with the Ahmeek Mine to the …

The Rock Pile

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the Gratiot Mine rock pile and Rockhouse It is a standard practice for us at Copper Country Explorer to climb any poor rock pile we find, and the Gratiot pile would be no different. However, walking up to the looming man-made mountain gave us some second thoughts. It was much …

Another Pile of Rock

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We moved past the possible #4 engine house, and moved further down Tecumseh Road. Knowing that mine shafts usually follow a line, we figured another mine should be close by. After walking a good distance and finding nothing we decided to turn around and head back to the main rail …

A Pile of Rock

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After a short stop at what we thought was the Osceola depot, we continued on down the line. Soon we found ourselves in the shadow of two large piles of rock on either side of the trail. It was poor rock, waste material from the underground that was hauled to …