Stamp Sand

Industry

A Legacy Less Celebrated

Its been over half a century since copper mining was active in the Keweenaw, a timespan that tends to smooth…
Industry

The Beach

Though rough going, our laborous hike through thick thick underbrush along shore rewarded us brilliantly as we broke through into…
Isle Royale Mine

The Isle Royale Dock

The growth and development of many communities up and down the Keweenaw was molded by the success or failure of…
Industry

The Evolution of Torch Lake

Recently I received in my inbox a very interesting USGS aerial photo from 1955 featuring the southern end of Torch…
Industry

Crates in the Sand

Making our way from the sunken dredge we embarked on a long journey across the Quincy stamp sands towards the…
Industry

Keweenaw Sands Redux

As some of you might have noticed the posts here on CCE have slowed down dramatically and have been sporadic…
Delaware Mill

A Mill at Delaware

The Delaware Mine is the mine of a thousand faces, having a long and sordid history under the guise of…
Industry

A Tale of Two Launders

After scaling the stamp sand cliffs along the shore, we found ourselves standing on the lip of a vast barren…
Industry

Yet Another Beach Stroll

Along the Keweenaw the big lake encounters one of four basic types of topography along the shore. The most common…
Industry

Keweenaw Sands (p3)

The steam stamp technology that helped propel an industry into profitable territory required large amounts of water to function –…
Industry

Keweenaw Sands (p2)

A look at the early Frankling and Pewabic stamp mills along Portage Lake Exactly where a mine built its stamp…
Industry

Keweenaw Sands (p1)

The Isle Royale stamp sands (lower right), as seen in 1940 from the air. Mining is not the most environmentally…
Allouez Mill

Red Sands

It was 1869 that the Allouez Mine began operations atop Bumbletown Hill, sinking a trio of shafts into what would…
Central Mill

Sands in the Wilderness

When mines decided where to place their stamp mills they considered three important factors: a constant supply of water; a…
Scrapbook

Copper Country Scrapbook II

vacation time at Copper Country Explorer Before getting to the Scrapbook for today, I have an announcement for all my…
Copper Falls Mill

From Marsh to Sands

the coarse and dark sands at Copper Falls Walking out on the sands at Copper Falls quickly became a surreal…
Copper Falls Mill

Beach without a Lake

from a high bluff, the stamp sands from the Copper Falls Mine seem to engulf the forest Taking the old…
Industry

Along the Shore

Dropping down from the launder, we make our way down the cliff face to the stamp sand beach at its…
Industry

The Tunnel

The great expanse of stamp sands we currently were standing on, all originated from the Mohawk mill behind us. The…
Industry

The Barren Beach

It is a strangely off-worldly experience to step out from the stamp mill ruins and onto the barren landscape of…