Tag Archives: Smelter

On the Waterfront (p6)


The Quincy sands may have been a hazard to navigation, but they were particular convenient when it came time to construct a bridge across the Portage. Extending several hundred feet into the waterway, the presence of those sands meant a ... More »

Smelters of the Copper Country


As we noted in yesterdays post, smelting was a particularly costly enterprise that only became feasible once the mining industry of the peninsula had reached sufficient size and scope. That event occurred around 1880 with the establishment of the Portage ... More »

The Detroit and Lake Superior


In the districts early years, most copper recovered from the peninsula’s depths were shipped almost straight out of the mine to points east for smelting and refining. Later as the mass mines emptied and companies turned to more finely distributed ... More »