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History of Copper Mining in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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Running time approximately 55 minutes
 

The Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan, often referred to as "Copper Country". It was here that in 1841 reports of copper set off America's first frantic mineral rush, and where immigrants from many lands flocked to in search of jobs and opportunity. Unfortunately, the often inhospitable climate of this cold, northern land was often matched by chilling tragedies that accompanied a miner's daily life.

As copper mining declined after the early decades of this century, the Keweenaw's population dwindled to a fraction of what it was in boom times. To tell the story of the Copper Country's deep shaft mines, machinery and people and to celebrate the region's rich heritage, the U.S. Congress in 1992 created the Keweenaw National Historical Park.

Nominated for the prestigious I.C.E. award, this video travels to the 10 cooperating sites in the Keweenaw National Historical Park: Quincy Mine Hoist and Underground Mine, Fort Wilkins State Park, Keweenaw County Historical Museum, Houghton County Historical Museum, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Old Victoria, Hanka Homestead, Seaman Mineralogical Museum, Delaware Copper Mine, and Historic Calumet.
Mining Native Copper Video

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Running time approximately 28 minutes

Mining Native Copper
Stories about mining in Michigan's Copper Country continue as Jack Foster recalls the working life with Calumet & Hecla Mining Company. This program includes a rare film produced in the 1940s that shows actual footage of men and machines mining native copper on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the Lake Superior copper district.

Jack Foster describes memories of his life and others he knew during the largest mineral rush in the United States.

The Copper Country of Michigan is one of the few places on earth where Copper can be found in a "native" state as pure copper chunks.

 

 

 

 


 

Unwatering the Osceola Mine

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Running time approximately 24 minutes.

This 24 minute video showing the unwatering of the Osceola Mine is a dramatic story of bygone times linking the past with the future.

In this original 1958 motion picture produced by the Calumet Division of Calumet & Hecla, Inc we'll witness the toil and strife as miners of the era unwater this landmark mine.

This video preserves a piece of the great history of the Upper Michigan copper mining.





 

 

 

 


 

Quality Control: From Ore to Finished Product

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Running time is approximately 51 minutes

From the mid 1800s through the 1960s, some 400 mining companies operated on the Keweenaw Peninsula. The largest of these was Calumet and Hecla (C&H), and was the most profitable in the world. In 1899 alone, C&H paid ten million dollars in dividends to its investors. In the early 1900s, the company employed over eight thousand workers in the Copper Country.

This reproduction of a unique 1940s film, originally filmed by the most profitable mining company in the world, Calumet and Hecla, shows the entire copper mining process--from how the ore was blasted from rock in deep underground shafts to how it was shaped into copper ingots.

With comments by Jack Foster, a 45 year employee and Chief of Security for Calumet & Hecla, this vintage reproduction is a rare find.

 

 


 

Porcupine Mountain State Park Video

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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park was established in 1944 to protect the last extensive tract of old-growth hardwood and hemlock forest remaining in the Great Lakes region. At nearly 60,000 acres, it is Michigan's largest state park, and among the Midwest's premier wilderness areas.


Join us on this video journey for a glimpse of the park's majestic forests, striking geologic formations, wildlife, waterfalls, and boundless backcountry opportunities.