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Mine Shafts of Michigan

Mining History: Mine Shafts of Michigan Part 2

Michigan had a large variety of mine shaft designs. Construction styles and materials also varied. Many shafts used large wood timbers, others used steel framing, and many were enclosed with wood or metal siding or concrete walls. Some of the photos were taken of headframes under construction. Many headframes were built over railroad tracks for direct shipping of ore, and they may have had trestles that extended to stockpiles to allow for seasonal shipment and for sorting of grades, and also for waste rock piles. The Menominee Range of Iron and Dickinson counties iron ore production through 1974 totalled 311 million tons.

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Hamilton Mine, Iron Mountain, MI
Hamilton Shaft
Part of Chapin Mine
Ludington Mine, Iron Mountain, MI
Ludington C Shaft
Cornish Pump in bldg, at left
Baltic Mine, Stambaugh, MI
Baltic Shaft
Iron mine
Berkshire Mine at  Caspian, MI
Berkshire Shaft
Iron Mine
Bengal  Mine,  Stambaugh, MI
Bengal Shaft
Iron Mine
Tully Mine, Stambaugh, MI
Tully Shaft
Iron Mine
Not Certain which shaft
Brier Hill Mine
Not certain  which shaft
Brier Hill Mine
 Not Certain which shaft
Vulcan Mine
Central  Vulcan  Mine, Vulcan, MI
Central Vulcan Shaft
of Vulcan Iron Mine
East Vulcan  Mine, Vulcan, MI
E. Vulcan Shaft
Iron Mine
West Vulcan  Mine, Vulcan, MI
W. Vulcan Shaft
Iron Mine

This is a gallery of photos from the Michigan Technological University Mining Engineering Department Collection.

Michigan Mineral Ranges
Marquette Mineral Range
Part 1
Gogebic Mineral Range
Part 3
Michigan Iron Mines: Various Locations
Part 4
Copper Country Mine Shaft Structures: Quincy Mine
Part 5
Keweenaw Copper Mine Shafts & Structures
Part 6
More Iron Mine Shaft Structures
Part 7
Iron Mines (MTU Library
Copper Country Archives)
Part 8
Copper Mines (MTU Library
Copper Country Archives)
Part 9

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