Mining History Association
Annual Conference, June 6-9, 2019 Marquette, Michigan
Annual Conference, June 6-9, 2019
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Opening Reception, 5:30 – 8 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2019. Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum. (Pre-registration is required.) The 2019 opening reception will be held at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum in the historic mining town of Ishpeming. The striking backdrop for the opening sequence of Otto Preminger’s classic crime/courtroom drama, “Anatomy of a Murder,” is the unmistakable profile of the unique and iconic Egyptian Revival-style A and B shaft houses of the Cliffs Shaft mine. They are now preserved at the museum along with the mine’s dry, warehouse, shops and modern-era “C” shaft. An array of hors d’oeuvres will be served, and museum staff will be available to provide tours of the museum grounds and buildings.
Awards Banquet, Friday, June 7, 2019. (Pre-registration is required.) A social hour and the annual MHA Awards Banquet will be held at the Masonic Center ballroom beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Presidential Luncheon, Saturday, June 8, 2019. (Seating is limited to 100. Pre-registration is required.) The Presidential Luncheon will be held at noon In the Harbor Room of the Landmark Hotel. The luncheon program will include the “Passing of the Presidential Pick” from Keith Long, MHA President 2018-19, to Stephanie Saager-Bourret, MHA President, 2019-20. The Presidential Lecture will follow.
TOURS AND FIELD TRIPS
Pre-Conference Tour 1, 10 a.m., June 6, 2019. Humboldt Mill, Lundin Mining Corporation. (Limited to 20, Pre-registration is required. Long sleeves/pants and closed-toe shoes required.) Lundin’s underground Eagle mine, located about 27 miles northwest as the crow flies from Marquette, produces high-grade nickel/copper ore. That ore is transported by truck to the Humboldt Mill for processing. The mill is located about 23 miles west of Marquette at the village of Humboldt. Originally, the Humboldt Mill served the adjacent and now flooded Humboldt open-pit iron mine until it was closed. The mill was later modified to process gold ore from Callahan Mining Corporation’s nearby Ropes mine operations. Lundin has since completely upgraded the mill to modern standards and metallurgical technology for processing its nickel/copper ores. The long-abandoned and re-flooded Humboldt pit is now used for environmentally friendly tailings disposal. There is no charge for this tour, but attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the mill (approximately 26 miles from the conference hotel, one way – please plan accordingly to ARRIVE ON TIME). Ride sharing is encouraged.
Unfortunately, NO PHOTOGRAPHY is permitted at the Humboldt mill.
Pre-Conference Tour 2, 2 p.m., June 6, 2019. Humboldt Mill, Lundin Mining Corporation. (Limited to 20, Pre-registration is required.) This tour is a repeat of the morning tour (see above – all details apply).
Saturday Afternoon Tour, Special Session and MHA Membership Meeting, 2 p.m., June 8, 2019.
Sunday All-day Field Trip, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., June 9, 2019. The Menominee Iron Range. (Limited by bus capacity (TBA); pre-registration is required.) The Menominee Iron Range is located approximately 75 miles south-southwest of Marquette. The range is divided into two parts, the Eastern Menominee Range near Iron Mountain, Norway, and Niagara, and the Western Menominee Range, near Crystal Falls and Iron River. Underground mining dominated on the Menominee Range and, because production largely came to an earlier end there, it has a somewhat “older” feel. Fortunately, much remains to be seen. This tour will be by air-conditioned tour bus, and the trip fee (TBA) will reflect transportation and lunch costs, plus admission fees. Three primary stops are planned:
(1) The Iron County Historical Museum near Iron River is located on the10-acre site of the Caspian mine, and boasts one of only two headframes still standing in the county. The Caspian shipped 6,623,320 tons of ore between 1903 and 1937. The museum itself includes a nice selection of mining exhibits, as well as many other structures and displays significant to life on Michigan’s iron and timber frontiers. Participants will be free to explore the museum and its grounds. A pasty lunch will be served.
(2) The Cornish Pump Museum at Iron Mountain contains what is almost certainly the largest and most spectacular Cornish pumping engine remaining in North America. Built to dewater the Chapin mine, this enormous steeple compound condensing steam engine was designed and built by Milwaukee’s E.P. Allis Company (later, Allis-Chalmers Co.) between 1890 and 1893. After several years of operation at the mine’s D Shaft, the engine was moved to the mine’s 1,522-foot-deep Ludington C Shaft, where it remains today. It stopped pumping in 1914, when the mine was electrified. This magnificent machine weighs 725 tons and stands 54 feet above the engine room floor. Its flywheel weighs 160 tons and is 40 feet in diameter. The museum also includes many other exhibits interpreting the mining and industrial history of the Menominee Range.
(3) The “Iron Mountain” Iron Mine Tour takes place in the historic Vulcan underground mine near Norway, MI. The Vulcan was part of a cluster of mines initially operated by the Penn Iron Mining Company and, later, by Pickands-Mather for Bethlehem Steel. It was in continuous production from 1877 to 1945 (excepting 1921 and 1932) and bottomed at the 12th level at a depth of 1281 feet. All workings below the tour level have reflooded. Although the tour caters heavily to the tourist trade, it is nonetheless quite good and includes several unique (even to inveterate MHAers) sights underground. Our guides have promised a somewhat more “sophisticated” narrative than is given on the usual tour, directed at the mine’s operating history and geology.
Post-Conference Field Trip, All-day, Monday, June 10, 2019. Fayette, Michigan, An Iron Smelting Ghost Town. (Limited to 35; pre-registration is required.) The Michigan History Center has offered us an exceptional opportunity for a detailed tour of what is perhaps the most picturesque and best-preserved “ghost town” in the mid-western United States: the Fayette Historic Townsite. From 1867 to 1891, Fayette was a busy smelting town, producing charcoal pig iron from ores supplied by nearby Michigan and Wisconsin mines. It was constructed by the Jackson Iron Company with the objective of producing a value-added iron product and saving the transportation cost associated with shipping the waste components of the iron ore. Today, it is preserved in a state of arrested decay on the scenic north shore of Lake Michigan. This spectacular historic site invites visitors to explore numerous domestic and commercial structures, as well as the iron furnaces and charcoal kilns themselves.
A catered lunch is planned at the iconic Fayette Hotel, and the site historian and docents will provide two optional walking tours – one focusing on the site’s industrial history, the other on the civic and social dimensions of a remote 19th century company town. There will be a modest per-person charge to cover lunch costs and a small donation to the Friends of Fayette Historic Townsite.
Fayette is located approximately 2 hours (92 miles) from the conference hotel. Transportation will be by private vehicles. A modestly-priced Michigan Parks Vehicle Passport (daily or annual) must be purchased at the townsite. Thus, ride-sharing is recommended. Those planning to head farther south or east at the end of the day will be able to continue their journey after touring Fayette; others may wish to return to Marquette.
MMichigan Travel, www.michigan.org
Upper Peninsula Travel, www.uptravel.com
Marquette Tourism, www.travelmarquettemichigan.com
The Landmark Inn, www.thelandmarkinn.com
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READING AND REFERENCES (A Short List)
Boyum, Burton H., The Saga of Iron Mining in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, John M. Longyear Research Library, 1983.
Reed, Robert C., Michigan Iron Mines, Michigan Geological Survey, 1957, www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/NSFE_304650_7.pdf
Allen, R. C., Gold in Michigan,, Michigan Geological Survey, 1980, www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/GIMDLOFR8001_216165_7.pdf
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2019 CONFERENCE PROGRAM COMMITTEE
2019 CONFERENCE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Mark and Lynn Langenfeldmha.email@example.com
* Program and Registration Materials will also be published in the Spring 2019 Mining History News (MHA Newsletter).