The Copper Country Curling Club was formed in 1993. During the next four years the curling club curled on natural ice in a facility shared with hockey and skating, the Lake Linden Ice Arena. Because of the lack of an ice plant, the ice conditions were dependent on outside weather. During a good winter, the season lasted only 8 to 10 weeks, with melting ice some weeks, subzero temperatures other weeks. Despite these conditions membership grew to over 40. A proud moment occured when a CCCC sponsored rink was runner up in the 1996 College Curling Championship.
At the peak of enthusiasm, two warm winters in a row which considerably shortened the season. Then the Village of Lake Linden arena closed permanently. From 1997 till 2002 the CCCC had no home ice to curl on. Despite that a Ďpaperí club remained with a significant portion of peak membership. Curling was limited to the bonspiel circuit. With the excitement of curling in the Olympics, a Saturday night slot was allowed at Houghton's Dee Stadium for the winter of 2002/2003. Curling at 'The Dee' until continued until CCCC moved into the Drill House in the Winter of 2005.
DRILL HOUSE PROJECT - A NEW RINK
The Copper Country Curling Club is pleased to present a major Historical Building Renovation for its new curling facility. In cooperation with the Keweenaw Historical National Park and Calumet Township, the CCCC is looking forward to converting the Calumet and Hecla Mining Companyís Drill Shop into a permanent curling facility. The current configuration offers room for 2 sheets of ice, locker rooms, concession, social area, raised viewing, storage and physical plant. A portion of the building is currently reserved for future expansion. Visit their site for updated pictures of all the work the work that has been completed and the ice surfaces that are present.
The Copper Country Curling Club needs your help to make this dream a reality. Calumet Township and KNHP are in the process of locating funds to restore the current structure and to bring utilities up to modern code. The CCCC is responsible for internal modifications for curling. To meet itís obligation the CCCC has set a fund raising goal of $100,000. We hope that you find this a worthy effort and would assist in bringing a permanent curling home to Michiganís Copper Country. There are several support levels to choose from. All donations of at least $50 will be rewarded with a Founders Pin. Special considerations will be given for a donation greater than those categories listed in the form.
Send your donation to: Copper Country Curling Club, PO Box 264, Calumet, MI 49913