Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fourth Thursday in History: "Creating the Torch Lake Industrial District and Its Environment" TONIGHT in Lake Linden

CALUMET -- It might not seem like it today, but the Torch Lake shoreline between Lake Linden and Mason was once the largest industrial site in the Keweenaw copper district. Enormous powerhouses, stamp mills, and smelters lined the waterfront, and the lake bustled with ships delivering coal and taking copper to market. Processing mined rock, reclaiming copper-rich stamp sands from the lake and from scrap metals, and experimenting with new copper oxide products consumed the attention of the Calumet and Hecla and Quincy mining companies in their later years.

Although many of the buildings, docks, and other outward signs of industry are gone, copper production left a lasting mark on the Torch Lake area. Join Carol MacLennan, anthropology professor at Michigan Tech, as she surveys the history of Torch Lake’s shoreline and explores its environmental consequences.

The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday Sept. 25, 2014. It will be held in the Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Auditorium, located at 601 Calumet Avenue in Lake Linden, Michigan. The event is free and open to the public.

The Fourth Thursday in History series arranges public presentations on important aspects of Copper Country and regional history, including techniques for historic preservation. Presentations are scheduled in venues throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula, particularly at historic sites associated with specific topics. They are free and open to the public.

For further information, including specific directions to this event, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168 or check the web at

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