Kearsarge

Copper Country Heritage Guide - Locations

With the massive success of the C&H Mine atop the highly copper-rich Calumet Conglomerate Lode, mine companies quickly migrated to the area in hopes to tap into the lodes outer extensions. Though several mines found the Calumet Conglomerate Lode, it became clear that the lode’s richness was concentrated only under C&H property. Outside of that the lode frustratingly ran dry. But success would soon follow for those companies that persisted – with the discovery of the nearby Kearsarge Amygdaloid Lode in 1881.

The copper in the Kearsarge Lode wasn’t as extensive as the Calumet Lode, but it proved rich enough to support more then a dozen mines along its substantial length for several generations. Stretching over ten miles between Oneco in the south and Ojibway to the north, the Kearsarge would be the longest continual lode over discovered in the Keweenaw. During its lifetime it would account for nearly 20 percent of all copper ever mined in the Keweenaw, and would be mined continuously for over 80 years.

The first mine to strike it rich along the Kearsarge Amygdaloid was its namesake – the Kearsarge Mine. That mine was soon followed by a second to its south – the Wolverine Mine. The Kearsarge Mine established a small town near its property to house its workers, as did its neighbor to the south. As these two mining locations grew they merged together into one large town complete with school, stores, and a interurban railway station. Today the town is known more commonly as Kearsarge – after the Kearsarge Mine.

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Centennial No.6

Kearsarge – As one of the last operating shafts to close, the Centennial No.6 features the region’s most modern and technologically advanced surface plant – a surface plant that continues to stand to this day.

North Kearsarge No. 1

North Kearsarge No. 1

Kearsarge – Massive rock piles and a scattering of ruins are all that remains of the town’s namesake found just north of town.

North Kearsarge No. 3

North Kearsarge No. 3

Kearsarge – Though not nearly as productive as its younger brother, the No.3’s legacy is the unique hillside ruins of its sprawling surface plant.

Wolverine Superintendent's House

Wolverine Superintendent’s House

Kearsarge – This large house served as the home for the Wolverine Mine’s superintendent.

Wolverine No.3

Kearsarge – This successful mine opened a total of four shafts along its rather copper rich section of the Kearsarge Lode, prompting the establishment of the nearby community of Wolervine.

Stone Boat

Stone Boat

Kearsarge – One of three such structures built across the Keweenaw, this stone boat was erected from building materials left over from various local WPA projects.