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  • Iron Mountain iron ore mines and the Cornish Pumping Engine

    137 pages of text and images of the mines served by the Cornish Pumping Engine in Michigan, USA (1880's - 1930's)

    http://www.dcl-lib.org/images/files/...imcornpump.pdf







    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlGjRVUMam8

  • #2
    This is near my hunting camp. At Rockland there was a copper mine with a natural air compressor at the Old Victoria Mine that ran for years after the mine closed & it was filled in. http://www.exploringthenorth.com/oldvictoria/mine.html

    http://www.coppercountryexplorer.com...or-compressor/
    Last edited by flylo; 06-09-2017, 12:36 AM.
    "Let me recommend the best medicine in the
    world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant
    country, in easy stages."
    ~ James Madison

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    • #3
      Originally posted by flylo View Post
      This is near my hunting camp. At Rockland there was a copper mine with a natural air compressor at the Old Victoria Mine that ran for years after the mine closed & it was filled in. http://www.exploringthenorth.com/oldvictoria/mine.html

      http://www.coppercountryexplorer.com...or-compressor/
      We were up at Victoria Dam a few years back. Saw some pipes coming from the ground just down stream from the dam. I never knew I was in the presence of that awesomely simple and powerful air compressor until I got home and did some Googling about the dam and mine.

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      • #4
        I see you're from Hurley. 10 years ago I looked at some housed in Ironwood, MI & couldn't believe the low prices! I could have bought a nice little "Grandmas" house complete with linens, silverware & all for $6k. About 1200 sf, new steam boiler heat, 3BR, nice workshop in full basement, 1 car garage & shed in the back with an ally. Wish I'd have bought it now. I applied for the airport managers job there too. Nice town & area too.
        "Let me recommend the best medicine in the
        world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant
        country, in easy stages."
        ~ James Madison

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        • #5
          When I was a kid in Erie Pa, my dad took me to the city water pumping station to watch the Cornish pump in action. I wonder what ever became of it? Probably ended up in a scrap yard.
          “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence”

          Lewis Grizzard

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dave C View Post
            When I was a kid in Erie Pa, my dad took me to the city water pumping station to watch the Cornish pump in action. I wonder what ever became of it? Probably ended up in a scrap yard.
            During WWII, there was preliminary thinking that maybe the Michigan Cornish engine should be scrapped to support the war effort. Fortunately, that didn't happen.

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            • #7
              There's still a lot of iron and copper in the ground "up in da UP and nordern Wisconsin, you betcha"
              Forty plus years and I still have ten toes, ten fingers and both eyes. I must be doing something right.

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              • #8
                There was talk of opening up an iron mine to start work again.

                I pass threw the area all the time.
                Andy

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Spin Doctor View Post
                  There's still a lot of iron and copper in the ground "up in da UP and nordern Wisconsin, you betcha"
                  Yes there is, but good luck getting a mine developed in these times.

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