2019 Mining History Association Tour

Mineral Collecting Trip with the
Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club
Champion Mine, Champion, Michigan
Trip Leader, Bob Clark
June 6, 2019



(Above) Historic view, Champion Mine (ca1897).

(Right) The extensive mine dumps at the Champion Mine are seen in a Google Earth image taken in 2014 after logging had cleared the area.

Mine ruins and fenced shafts are clearly visible.  By 2019, the undergrowth was again thick.

Geologist, Tom Mroz, explains the geology and the operations at the Champion site.

A perspective view of the Champion underground workings.

A selection of the common rocks and minerals found on the Champion mine dumps.  Wow, is iron ore heavy!  Hope the airlines arenít checking the carry-ons.

The MHAers and their hosts from the Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club.

Tom points out the locations of the seven shafts that once served the Champion.  Abandoned shafts and caving areas are fenced for safety.

View of the flooded Champion Pit looking west.  Shafts Nos. 2, 3, and 4 were located along the south side of the pit to the left.

At the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum, the Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club displays minerals from the Champion Mine (and many other Michigan mines).  The MHAers had a chance to view the exhibit during the Welcoming Reception.

Photos Courtesy Michigan Tech Archives, Bob Clark, Tom Mroz, and Mike Kaas.

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