I’ll be giving the following presentation “Copper, Cords and Cabbage, the Story of the Mineral Range’s South Range Branch”, on November 10th at 1600hrs at the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library on the Michigan Technological University campus as part of the Archives visiting scholar program (details at the following link http://blogs.mtu.edu/archives/ ). In this program I’ll explore the history of Mineral Range branch that extended from Keweenaw Bay through Mass City and ending in Riddle Junction. From construction at the beginning of the 20th Century to link the Mass Mine and the Mass Stamp Mill to the final abandonment in the 1930s many aspects of the line’s history will be explored. Such perspectives as the role the copper mining, logging and agricultural industries played in the operation of the branch, why the line was built, difficulties in the construction of the branch, passenger train operations, the Finnish influence on the railroad and why the route was ultimately abandoned.
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