The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Calumet Continued: 1905

Calumet Continued: 1905

Calumet, Michigan, circa 1905. "The heart of the copper country." Note the "Railroad Crossing" sign over the street near the cow. This continues the righthand side of the previous post, made up of four 8x10 glass plates. In all, there are seven parts to this series. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Contemporary Calumet

Some of these houses still stand, minus the outbuildings. At least they no longer have trains roaring through their back yards, but this is now a depressed town. This view looks North along Portland Street from the 11th street bend. There seem to still be industrial-looking storage buildings present at the camera site.

The cow's track is now missing

If you look closely at the aerial view on Google maps you can make out the remnants of the RR track path near where the cow was standing. It runs midway between 10th & 11th streets and parallel to them.

The remnants of the other tracks can be seen running between the two 9th streets depicted on the map. It is now labeled Hancock/Calumet Trail. The train station, or whatever it is now, can be seen just above Oak Street and to the left (behind) St. Paul the Apostle Church at the corner of Oak & 8th Streets.

I am trying to figure out how the photographer got such a high vantage point. Using Google Street view and looking West on Portland it doesn't look like the terrain rises sufficiently to provide the high vantage point that was used for the original image. Maybe he rented a "Cherry Picker", oh wait we are talking 1905 here. Maybe there was another smokestack at this end of Portland Street.

I can't wait to see the complete series of images.

[Click on the link! - Dave]

Other things unchanged

Boxcars still look the same now as they did then.

Railroad Crossing

I hope that cow knows how to read.

Remarkably unchanged

I was here a few years ago, and it still looks remarkably similar. Most of the brick buildings are still standing unchanged and I wouldn't be surprised if many of the wooden houses are still there, too.

We've got a cow on one street and what looks like a man walking a dog in the other.

The Extant Calumet Theater at Far Left

The left-most spire, directly in line with the smoking stack above it, was part of the clock tower to the extant, but now spire-less, Calumet Theater, at 340 6th Street.

http://www.calumettheatre.com/

This view shows the window details matching the 1905 image.


View Larger Map

Where were the photos taken from??

Using Google Maps' street views, it's apparent that the area has a real hill shortage. Given the closeness of some houses, etc. my guess would be a balloon. Any better ideas out there?

[The view is from a shafthouse. Other parts of the mine are in the preceding sections of the panorama. The tailings under the shafthouse are in the last section (below). - Dave]

Some Churches Are Still Standing

The main road looks east down Portland Street. The closest church on the right is here


View Larger Map

The big church closest to the front on the left is St. Paul the Apostle on Oak and 8th. There is a "new,", i.e., newer than 1905 train station west of the church in this image.


View Larger Map

How the cow got out.

Did the cow get out when a tornado touched down in the back yard of the house in the foreground? The back of the house next door looks pretty bad as well. Holey moley, what happened?

Remedy for the cold outhouses

Chamber pots, anybody?

Besides, I wonder how well indoor plumbing would have worked during a harsh winter, anyway. After all, (central) heating at the turn of a valve or the throw of a switch for everybody and every room was also somewhat in the future.

[Central heating, whether convection or radiant from coal-fired furnaces and boilers, was well established by 1905. - Dave]

Thank God for indoor plumbing!

There are lots of privies and outhouses visible in backyards of the farmhouses in the foreground. It was probably not very comfortable in the winter with a state that has a lot of snow and a cold climate.

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.