Mar 07-01

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2001: March: Mar 07-01
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Charlie at Pasty Central on Wednesday, March 7, 2001 - 10:34 pm:

Yesterday's "ice-stone" castle is contrasted with today's "stone-stone" structure. Jonathan took the shot, and I guessed down by Calumet waterworks - but he said I was cold.

Any ideas?

By Bill Penprase on Wednesday, March 7, 2001 - 10:57 pm:

That looks like a building called a "powder house". Each mine had one of these where they stored their blasting powder. They were made of stone so that no stray bullet or projectile could penetrate and detonate the explosives. There was one at the Ahmeek 3&4 location just near the lower end of Mohawk.

By Ken from da UP. on Wednesday, March 7, 2001 - 11:11 pm:

It sure looks like a "powder house" to me, too.
Wasn't there one very similar to it at Fort
Wilkins? But 1915? Hmmm.

By Shaky; Calumet, MI on Wednesday, March 7, 2001 - 11:18 pm:

This looks a lot to me like the structure located on No 5 Road between Copper City and Fulton. I was always wondering what the building was for.

By Keweenaw #1 on Wednesday, March 7, 2001 - 11:21 pm:

This looks like a building that is on the
Number 6 Road behind Mohawk.

By mike on Thursday, March 8, 2001 - 08:12 am:

on the subject of dynamite (sp?)could it be somethingn from the Senter area?

By Dave da troll on Thursday, March 8, 2001 - 01:07 pm:

Another powder house is located near Painesdale, but I don't think this one is it..... That one's got a barrel (rounded)roof.

By Von- from Ohio on Thursday, March 8, 2001 - 04:11 pm:

Could it be one of the buildings out at Deleware?

By Ann McLauchlin, Michigan on Thursday, March 8, 2001 - 04:31 pm:

the keweenaw mountain lodge..was a WPA project...anywhere near there???

By Sally Nelson on Thursday, March 8, 2001 - 04:33 pm:

OK, Charlie where is it?? Looks familiar. I am very impressed with Bill Penprase's memory. He has been gone a very long time from the Copper Country. Though he is older then I am (predicted my mother was going to have me..twin B) he has a superior memory for the details. Though I remember spending some tom-boy fun times in the C.C.,I am hard pressed to name most of the stuff you quiz us on.Happy sledding everybody. Since we aren't getting a blizzard here in Denver (boo-hiss) I am ready for SPRING.

Sally (Hocking) Nelson

By Art, Copper Harbor on Thursday, March 8, 2001 - 06:16 pm:

Delaware Mining Co? Or Maybe Quincy?

By Kath,Michigan on Thursday, March 8, 2001 - 06:59 pm:

Is this out by Point Mills? Near Dollar Bay?
OK, I give, where is it?

By Scott, Mohawk on Thursday, March 8, 2001 - 08:44 pm:

This structure is located on number five road between Mohawk and Fulton. This building is on property owned by my brother. This location has seen two new homes constructed in the last year with an additional one set to begin soon.

By James V. Floriani on Friday, March 9, 2001 - 05:57 pm:

This old powderhouse is located in "Blacktown" on the #5 road as other's have identified. It is owned by my son-in-law and daughter (Derrill and Jean Laurie) My wife,Joyce wants me to put a roof on it and move in by myself. She is sick and tired of me always being on the internet down here in Southeastern Wisconsin.

By Don Floriani, California on Friday, March 9, 2001 - 06:19 pm:

The old stone house would be a great location for Jim Floriani to occupy. I hope he puts on a very thick roof so he won't disturb his daughter and son-in law and the neighbors with his loud music.

Perhaps the building could be donated to an historical society for restoration and preservation. I am certain that Jim would support this.

By Rose - Channahon, IL on Friday, March 9, 2001 - 08:08 pm:

My guess would be somewhere near Delaware Mine.

By Eddie - Channahon, IL on Friday, March 9, 2001 - 08:11 pm:

Is this one of the buildings up at Delaware?

By jean laurie, on Friday, March 9, 2001 - 08:44 pm:

OK Dad, we'll put you in there rent free since your pole barn is right next door!! Restoration is in the tune of $10,000, just to fix the rock and put a roof on it!! Sound proofing will take quite a bit!! Love Derrill and Jean

By James V. Floriani Wisconsin on Friday, March 9, 2001 - 11:46 pm:

Now that everyone knows where this powderhouse is, I must comment on my "loud music" as alleged by my brother. Tamburica music is not loud, and the nearest inhabitants are 500 feet from the building.This old structure,once restored, would make a good place for "off-key" barbershop quartets from California to practice so as to not scare the nearby deer herd out of the county.

By Don Floriani, California on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 03:57 pm:

A perfect place for a left handed amateur Bisernica (Prim) player to practice his rendition of the "31st Level Blues". Perhaps he can compose a new song, and call it the "Powder House Blues".

He won't have to worry about playing "off-key", since his hearing has been permanently destroyed by listening to too much and too loud Tamburica music.

On a serious note, the old "Powder House" should be restored and maintained to serve as yet another reminder of the industry that provided a reason to settle the Keweenaw. The fisherman and trapper came first, but the 'hard rock miner' arrived in large numbers and now they are history.

By Esther Milinovich, CA on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 08:45 pm:

I wish my two boys, Don and James, would grow up! Be nice to each other or I will have to take both of you behind that powder house and spank you!


By Pat - Duluth, MN on Sunday, March 11, 2001 - 01:48 am:

Jim, thanks for letting me know about the Pasty.Com site - having a ball looking at all the interesting things. Having been born in Ahmeek I've always had a soft spot for Keweenaw County.
I think the powder house would make a fine music center. Let me know when the first concert is.

By Mary Lou Studer-Curtin on Wednesday, January 1, 2003 - 09:31 am:

My grandfather, Anselm Studer,a Swiss stone-mason, was discharged from the Swiss army, 24yrs old when he was hired by my great=grandfather, Johann Joseph Fretter,(from Germany), who was the "mason-boss" at the Quincy mine. Anselm's first job in 1884 was to build the powder house for the Quincy mine in is still there in good condition. Anselm told my father" I should have stayed in Switzerland because the stone here is too hard!" He retired from C&H about 1935 as chief of security, lived in Lake Linden and died in 1937.

By Ozzie Winquist Copper City on Monday, March 7, 2005 - 09:37 am:

Bill Penprase,are you one of the copper country(north end)Penprase family?

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