Dating mining windlasses
This section contains newspaper reports on selected accidents in this area.Please check the indexes in the Accidents Section for details of Inspector of Mines reports and other accidents covered on the site.Dwindling deposits often caused an equally rapid decline in population, with perhaps a few of the better-financed companies staying on.
In the early days of the 1840s, as the copper rush was in full swing, fortune-seekers were moving into the peninsula in large numbers. government being concerned about possible disorder, violence and how unruly people can become asked the local government to build a light house as a navigation beacon to safely ship in supplies and move the copper out.Eventually, in most areas, the deposits played out, and tourism or ranching replaced the mining. There was an early boom-and-bust period, lasting from 1843 to 1855; a lull, and then a revival of mining activity from 1873 to 1881; again a decline, and then a final flurry of mining from 1889 to 1893, ending with a shift to tourism and commercial fishing.Yet Isle Royale is also unique among mining frontiers in several respects.Turning at the Highway 41 mine directional sign, driving a short distance you may not see it, but there is a small clearing on the left side of the dirt road with a plaque. Here long long ago primitive peoples hacked out bits of copper.They also supposedly used the thermal shock method to remove copper.