Are you ready to Map Your History? We are! For the next few weeks we will be posting some of our favorite stories about the people and places of the Keweenaw. Keweenaw Time Traveler launches June 15th!
"I ride my bike across Cole’s Creek pretty often, but I never stopped to think about how different it was a hundred years ago. This photo I found in the MTU archives is of the Michigan Smelter that was right next to Cole’s Creek in 1914. Imagine: tough mine workers braving the harsh Houghton winter in the country’s northern frontier. The trains would have arrived on the upper rail line above the factory, letting the ore drop through chutes using gravity, feeding huge furnaces. The train on the lower line departed regularly piled high with massive copper ingots. It was a sprawling high-tech operation… but today I can ride past without even noticing it!" - Luke Weidner