Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Carnegie Museum to host guided tours, beginning with Torch Lake tour July 13

Historic photo of Torch Lake. (Photo courtesy Michigan Tech Archives)

HOUGHTON -- The Carnegie Museum, 105 Huron St. in Houghton, will sponsor three upcoming guided tours highlighting the history of the Keweenaw.

The tours begin with a wine and cheese social at the museum at 5 p.m. Following the social, participants will board the Red Jacket Trolley Company's bus for a two-hour trip through time.

Seats are still available for the "Torch Lake Mining Waste" guided tour with geologists Dr. Bill Rose and Dr. Erika Vye from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 13. The tour guides will lead participants through the industrial corridor associated with milling of Quincy and Calumet mines along Torch Lake's western shore.

The western shore of Torch Lake is 35-50 percent filled with stamp sand waste and a variety of materials associated with milling and smelting activities. Parallel to the Keweenaw Fault, Torch Lake was formed in part from rivers flowing east, across the Fault into Jacobsville Sandstone areas that were eroded into deep plunge pools by rivers that were much larger than now, because of glacial melting 15-10,000 years ago. The tour takes a look at areas from Mason to Tamarack City, Hubbell and Lake Linden, viewing mill sites and stamp sand areas while discussing the modern implications and environmental mitigation efforts. This first tour is sponsored by Great Lakes Accounting, PC.

For all three Carnegie tours a $25 fee ($20 for Museum Members) includes the wine and cheese social at the Museum and the two-hour guided tour aboard the Red Jacket Trolley Company's plush tour bus. Reservations are recommended and your seat is not guaranteed until payment is made. Call the Museum at (906) 482-7140 for more information. The Museum is open until 5 p.m. today, Tuesday.

Upcoming tours in August and September

Upcoming tours will explore "Trials and Trails of Huron Creek," with Michigan Tech Professors Alex Mayer and Carol MacLennan on Wednesday Aug. 3, and "Hockey Arenas of the Copper Country," with Michigan Tech Professor Bill Sproule on Thursday, Sept. 8.

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