Trestle

Ahmeek Mill

The Trestle of the Clouds

A drive down M26 along the west shore of Torch Lake is ripe with more then a few awe inspiring…
Mineral Range Railroad

Bridging the Gap (p2)

The tall rocky precipices lining the walls of the Hungarian Gorge were an impressive obstacle for any transportation route hoping…
Copper Range Railroad

Bridging the Gap (p1)

The rugged spine of the Keweenaw drops precariously and quickly from its heights atop the Calumet Plateau down to the…
HCTC

A Trolley Ride (p5)

Photo courtesy Superiorland Library Cooperative, Andrew C. Curto Collection After our brief stop at Electric Park, our motorman once again…
Copper Range Railroad

A Copper Range Crossing

Taking a trip up Lake Linden Hill a traveler will find themselves passing under a squat viaduct crossing the highway,…
Scrapbook

Some Old Photos of Industry

Continuing with our look at the 1904 “Souvenir of the Copper Country”, we now focus our attention on photos showcasing…
Atlantic and Lake Superior RR

Hidden in Plain Site

There was a time when the Copper Country was criss crossed with railways, transportation corridors that moved freight, people, and…
Industry

The Reverberatory Trestle

For over 70 years the sprawling smelter complex along Portage Lake – otherwise known as the Quincy Smelting Works –…
Industry

In the Trenches

By the time the mines of the southern range had come to fruition the convenience of utilizing neighboring Portage Lake…
Industry

When Trestles Collide

Having found ourselves the remains of a rather expansive rail bridge in the middle of the woods, we looked for…
Industry

A Walk Among Giants

The pine forests of the Keweenaw’s northern extremities fade away as you head southward, slowly transforming into the broad leafed…
Mines

Under a Canopy of Yellow

Leaving the sandstone and brick embellished hoist foundation behind, we headed across the old roadway at the Trimountain No.2 to…
Copper Range Railroad

Anatomy of a Trestle (p2)

While all the action on a train trestle may have occurred atop the rail deck and attached girders (the trestles…
Copper Range Railroad

Anatomy of a Trestle (p1)

The three Firesteel Trestles found along the old Copper Range line north of Lake Mine are messages in a bottle,…
Copper Range Railroad

The Firesteel Trestles

The Copper Range Railroad began its journey to the Keweenaw from the small town of McKeever, at an intersection with…
Mines

A Trestle Runs Through It?

Accompanying any hoist is a boiler, a ruin that is always close nearby. Unfortunately most boiler ruins are rather skimpy…
Copper Range Railroad

Mill Mine Junction (p3)

While the Copper Range’s main yard was located down along the Houghton waterfront, one of the most active areas along…
Copper Range Railroad

Old Mill Hill Trestle

It would be the short lived South Pewabic Mine that first laid claim to this steep ridge line that rises…
Franklin Jr. Mine

The Wall

After four years of exploring the Copper Country the moments where I find something that truly amazes me are starting…
Industry

Tramways (p2)

The slag skimmed from the furnaces was not simply a waste product that could be disposed of right away. While…
Industry

The Mineral House

The Quincy Smelter’s Mineral House (marked with an arrow) was built in 1904 to replace the old railroad warehouse sitting…
Isle Royale Mine

A Pillar

Before moving on from the Isle Royale No. 4 boiler house, there was one other thing that caught our eye…
Calumet & Hecla Railroad

A Traprock Valley Railroad Trestle

The Ahmeek Mine – a C&H prize from consolidation It was in 1923 that C&H’s dominance over the Copper Country…
Industry

An Eagle River Trestle

As the Eagle River makes its way north towards the big lake it turns and tumbles its through a narrow…
Calumet & Hecla Railroad

A C&H Trestle

It was November of 1887 that a major fire swept through the Calumet Conglomerate workings at C&H. Due to C&H’s…