MINES OF THE PEWABIC COUNTRY OF MICHIGAN AND WISCONSIN,
4, MICHIGAN IRON
By Bruce K. Cox
Now that I have completed this series of four volumes, I feel justified in claiming these books contain some very interesting accounts of virtually unknown aspects of our local history and economy. Arranging my listings in alphabetical order, assigning numbers to each and compiling painstaking footnotes has been worthwhile because this is a topic that has been practically ignored and forgotten until now, and deserves all of the light that can be shed on it. Anybody who delves into them will find them full of human interest. Some mines and explorations are known by the name of the person who held the mining option or who actually worked on or discovered minerals on it. These mines and explorations are listed under all of the names they were known by, based upon directories, maps, newspaper records, and other sources. I have tried to explain why and how these mines and explorations received their names.
In compiling this record I have attempted to include all of the iron mines and explorations from just inside the border of Ontonagon county and westwards through Gogebic county, ending at the Montreal river. In February 1887 the Gogebic Iron Tribune reported, “the gap between Sunday and Gogebic lakes is now closed up. That is to say there is now a continuous chain of mines and explorations between the two lakes.” Almost fifty years later, in 1935, Gogebic county mine inspector John Tuoro reported 1,558 test pits, excavated between 1880 and 1887, were counted between Marenisco and Wakefield townships.
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