C&H Stamp Mills
Here is an 1881 view of the mill property, when the total population of Lake Linden was 2000. See the legend in the left column for building identification. The size of the complex was very large for this period, and all buildings were wood framed. In later years, most were replaced by steel structures. At this time, the C&H smelters in Hubbell were not yet developed, so all mineral from the mills was shipped to smelters in Hancock.
A great view of the tremendous coal docks needed to support the mill and other C&H operations.
A nice view of Lake Linden, looking north from the mill stacks. In the foreground are the tracks coming from the incline and the mines in Calumet.
An interesting image showing men and women in their Sunday finest heading towards the smoky, dirty mill. This was probably a tour of some sort. The date of this is around 1910, when the mill structures were updated to steel.
A great view showing the size of the mill complex. Dated about 1920, the final design of the mills are complete and all structures are of steel framework.
An earlier view of the mill complex, perhaps 1893, when most buildings were wood. The building in the center of the photo contained the large sand wheels, used to carry the tailings out into Torch Lake via the elevated sluice.
A nice early image of stamp mill workers posing with cars designed to move mineral within the mill(?).
A great view of the famous "Michigan" pump used at the mills. This pump, and smaller auxiliary pumps, collected water from Torch Lake and fed the stamp heads for the rock crushing operation. This pump had a capacity to deliver 65,000,000 (million!!) gallons of water a day.
A crew of general laborers and their foremen, sometime in the early 1890s. My guess is that the photographer was A.F. Isler.