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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Pennies From Hancock: 1905

Pennies From Hancock: 1905

Hancock, Michigan. circa 1905. Another look at copper country. "A modern smelter." With contemporary cows and a bleeding-edge bakery van. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Copper Range RR

Check out the late Kevin Musser's excellent site on the Copper Range . It includes Kevin's plans and efforts for modeling the COPR.

Kevin's family maintains his old site since his death as a memorial for him; it really is excellent.

Making tracks for the Copper Range

A new railroad name to me, I looked up the Copper Range. Dissolved in 1972, it ran 60 miles of trackage from Calumet to McKeever, Michigan. The copper mines it serviced in the Keweenaw Peninsula were called the Copper Range. There is a Copper Range railroad coach car number 60 in a museum but alas, I don't see that one in the photo.

Michigan Smelter

This is the Michigan Smelter at Cole’s Creek, west of Houghton (canal road), albeit the photo says Hancock.

[As shown in the photo, Hancock looks slightly closer despite being on the opposite shore. "Pennies From Houghton" certainly sounds better! - Dave]

Never around when you need him

Where has that errand boy gone to now?

 
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