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The Quincy Method (p4)

As we’ve explored the soaring frame of the Quincy No.2 Shaft / Rockhouse we’ve largely concentrated our efforts on the rock…
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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

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 Portal to the Depths

While the colossus rock house foundations had deservedly garnered much of our earlier attention at the Lake Mine, our eyes…
Mass Mine

The Chief

As the copper hunters descended down upon the upper peninsula they found themselves traveling across lands occupied by the Anishinaabe,…
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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

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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A Trimountain Postscript

Though I was technically done with our tour of the Trimountain Mine after leaving the No.4’s hoist building, once again…
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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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A Shaft House’s Remains

Like many mines, the Trimountain utilized a combo shaft / rock house for their shafts. These buildings combined a stand…
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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Tamarack No.3

When the Tamarack Mine undertook the ambitious plan of mining the Calumet Conglomerate at depth, it was an incredibly risky…
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The Number Two

When Captain Hooper first took reins of the old Victoria property in 1881 he found a mine in disarray. Not…
Calumet & Hecla Mine

Calumet No.3

Here’s a look at the Calumet No.3 shaft, or at least a part of it. It’s been capped in concrete,…
Franklin Jr. Mine

Franklin Jr. Revisited

It was in 1860 that the small mining location of Boston was born along a swampy stretch of land several…
Isle Royale Mine

The Isle Royale No.6

Isle Royale No. 6 The Isle Royale Mine originally opened in 1852, on a section of the Isle Royale lode…
Franklin Jr. Mine

Guest Post: The Franklin Jr No.2

This is the second guest post by fellow copper country explorer Brian Wereley, who has been kind enough to send…
LaSalle Mine

What Was Once Tecumseh No.2

LaSalle No.2, previously known as Tecumseh No.2 The LaSalle Mine was a combination of two older mines – the Tecumseh…
Guest Post

Guest Post: Superior No.1

From its earliest conception I had always envisioned CCE as a community gathering spot, where fellow Copper Country explorers could…
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Trimountain No.1

Of all the mines that had sunk shafts into the great Baltic Lode, the Trimountain could be considered the ugly…