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Railroad Ruins

Copper Mining is a very segmented process, involving three separate and distinct steps in production. Each step was constrained by several geographical conditions, which precipitated where it had to be located. A mine of course had to exists along a rich ore body. The mills had to be placed near large bodies of water, required by the stamps and necessary for the elimination of waste. A mines smelter and docks had to be located along a navigable water way - for a time the only method of getting materials to and from the region. All there of these were almost mutually exclusive, often separated by several miles of wilderness.

Connecting all these various stages of production was the railroad. While some mines were large enough to afford the construction and operation of their own short-line railroad, many relied on regional carriers which served several mines and mills at once. The demand was great, and with it came the establishment of more than a dozen railroads which criss-crossed the peninsula in a spider-of tracks and bridges.


Ahmeek Streetcar Station

Ahmeek - Serving the community of Ahmeek and neighboring mine location of the same name, this two story structure was the street car line's second to last stop. Learn More...

Albion Streetcar Station

Calumet - The Albion Station was the interurban's busiest, serving as the line's main interchange between its Laurium, Calumet, and northern lines. Learn More...

C&H Roundhouse

Calumet - This massive stone roundhouse served C&H's own short line railroad and features 15 locomotive stalls along with three additional maintenance bays. Learn More...

C&H Trestle

Calumet - This small trestle carried the C&H Railroad's Red Jacket spur over the Mineral Range Railroad's main line. Learn More...

Copper Range Depot (Houghton)

Houghton - In addition to its passenger depot, this massive brick building was also home to the Copper Range Railroad's administrative offices. Learn More...

Copper Range Depot (Painesdale)

Painesdale - This small rural depot was the last stop for the Copper Range's school train, which would deliver students from all across the company's mill and mining communities to its high school at Painesdale. Learn More...

Copper Range Depot (South Range)

South Range - Set within the center of South Range's commercial district, this small depot was one of the Copper Range Railroads most highly used stations. Learn More...

Electric Park

Hancock - Owned and operated by the same interurban railway that served it, this remote park featured picnic grounds along with a large pavilion complete with nightly live music. Learn More...

Hungarian Gorge Trestle

Tamarack City - Originally built to carry the Copper Range railroad over the hundred foot deep Hungarian Gorge, this soaring trestle was recently rebuilt to allow snowmobiles and ATVs to cross the same gorge. Learn More...

Interurban Car Barn

Hancock - This large building housed the Houghton County Traction Company's main offices as well as its fleet of interurban trolley cars when the line was out of service. Learn More...

Isle Royale Locomotive House

Houghton - This concrete building was built in 1917 to house the locomotives of the Isle Royale Railroad, a five mile long short line that connected the Isle Royale shafts with its mill down at the mouth of the Pilgrim River. Learn More...

Mineral Range Depot (Calumet)

Calumet - Home to the Mineral Range Railroad's main offices and the region's busiest passenger depot, this large brick building provided Calumet residents with rail service to Chicago and all points in between. Learn More...

Mineral Range Depot (Houghton)

Houghton - Built to compete with the Copper Range Railroad's impressive Houghton station, this petite passenger depot serving the Mineral Range Railroad is easily one of the region's finest. Learn More...

Mineral Range Oil House

Calumet - This small cement building is all that remains of the Mineral Range's sprawling Calumet rail yards, that originally included a 16 stall roundhouse and machine shop. Learn More...

Old Mill Hill Trestle

Houghton - A series massive partially collapsed concrete pillars are all that remain of this soaring trestle that carried the Copper Range railroad over Old Mill Hill road. Learn More...

Pt. Mills Junction

Dollar Bay - Just this large concrete abutment remains of the trestle which once carried the Arcadian Branch of the Mineral Range railroad over the Copper Range tracks and adjacent highway. Learn More...

Quincy Roundhouse

Hancock - This rock walled locomotive house - complete with four stalls and maintenance area - served the Quincy Mine's own short line railroad running between its mill and mine. Learn More...

Russell Snow Plow

Calumet - A necessary part for any Copper Country railroad, this rolling snow plow was pushed by a locomotive to clear tracks of the region's 300 inches of yearly snowfall. Learn More...

Traprock Valley Railroad Trestle

Lake Linden - With C&H's acquisition of several mines out of reach of its railroad, the C&H Line was extended eight miles from the mine's mills at Lake Linden to Ahmeek - crossing over the county highway at this point. Learn More...