Dry Houses

Copper Country Heritage Guide - Types

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Ahmeek No. 3/4

Ahmeek No. 3/4

Mohawk – This unique dual shaft almost single handily saved C&H from early closure. Though its massive rock house was demolished, most of its sprawling surface plant can still be seen alongside US41.

C&H (Osceola) No.13

Calumet – The modern surface plant which adorns this old C&H shaft was part of the company’s last ditch effort to re-open the Osceola lode and discover new caches of copper.

C&H Dry House

Calumet – Underground workers would finish up their days here at the dry house, where they could wash up and change before heading home to a much deserved dinner. This particular dry served C&H’s old Calumet No.3 and 4 shafts.

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.

Isle Royale Dry House

Houghton – One of three identical structures built around 1917, this concrete building was used by workers from the adjacent No. 6 shaft to clean up and change after their shift.

Mesnard No.8

Hancock – Originally opened in 1862, the old Mesnard Mine would later end up in the hands of the neighboring Quincy Mine. Over a century later it would be home to a last ditch effort to re-open the region’s copper industry to no avail.

North Kearsarge No.4

Copper City – The most notable remain from the Kearsarge’s most northern shaft is its impressive brick walled machine shop, now used as a private residence.

Quincy Dry House

Hancock – This massive stone building served as Quincy’s primary dry house, where workers could change and wash up before returning home at the end of their shifts.