Michigan Copper and Mining History: May 4, 2011
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Porcupine Mountains State Park is 60,000 acres of untouched wilderness. Some of the attractions contained within the park include the Lake of the Clouds located on the Escarpment Trail, the Carp Mine, and Nonesuch Mine. While hiking on the Escarpment Trial, you are able to see some of the stamps and equipment that was used in the mining hay day of the time. The location of the equipment on the hillsides and ravines exposes travelers to the amount ofmanual strain of the labor executed and also the somewhat desolation of the area. Also the trail allow a visual ability to see how the terrain of the area affected where things we placed. Some of the problems recognizable in terms of desolation are the lack of water, and also the lack and conservation of goods. At the end of the trial, reaching the Lake of the Clouds is well worth the hike. It is wonderful to see such an untouched terrain and also to appreciate some of the modern connivances we have today.

Another location visited within the park is the Nonesuch Mine. Some of the existing foundations and mining operational structures are still intact. The introduction to the oxymoron of the name of the mine and the reality it served is very conceptual. Nonesuch means “the grandest” when in reality the mine failed due to the adaptation of a new chemical separation process. The light at the end of the tunnel was the founding of the White Pine mine less than two miles from the original site, which became incredibly successful. They also were able to sustain their longevity due to the implementation of sulphide mining. - Ashley Holloway
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This is an image of part of the group at the middle point of the mountains. We were about 1,300 feet above sea level. Lake Superior is 600 feet above sea level and the highest point is Summit Peak at about 1,900 feet. The lake behind us is Lake of the Clouds. - Heather Bartels



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An amazing view of Lake of the Clouds. - Amber LeClear

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Bob Wild *rawr*, our guide, explaining the mining process of the Carp Lake Mine. – David Eggleston

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A part of Samuel Hodge's Cornish Stamp. - Amber LeClear


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This is a view of the Olivet College students and professors descending Porcupine Mountains with a substantial desire to contemplate The Lake of the Clouds. -Judith Tellez-G


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Porcupine Mountains: Here is an example of a well pit used for retaining water. The mining industry required water to sift clean, reduce dust, and fresh drinking water. This well pit was dug to roughly six feet deep and about four feet across in width. If you look closely, you can see that it was lined with stones to help retain the water. - Jeff Janofski


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The sign of the Escarpment Trail has a special feature. If you look closely, you will notice the barb wire that encircles the sign. This is meant as a deterant to ward of the bears. Photo by Jeff Fisher.

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A view of Lake Superior from where the old mining community of Carp Lake once stood, but is now gone and covered over by vegetation - Andrew Shaver


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Craig Korpela lifting the remains of a cart used to carry the copper out of the old mines. Jordan Harris


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the state park was also home to an old mine shaft that is now home to over 19,000 bats. The third biggest population in Michigan - Joe Fuld