This carried iron ore from the mine to waiting train cars.
Miners had to pick up a tag as they entered the mine, then return it as they left. This way, the manager would know if anyone got left behind.
Our tour guide was Joyce. Her grandfather actually worked in the mine, so she had a personal connection to the mine and it's operation.
This was used by the shaft cage operator (elevator). Different rings for different levels, raise or lower, etc.
In addition to the mine itself, there is an interesting collection of old phones and equipment on display.
This is an Overshoot Shovel Loader and Granby Side Dump car
The craftsmen who built the mine buildings were embarrassed at the odd shaped rocks the mine gave them to build with, so covered their work with plaster.
This is a model of how the mine would have looked during it's working days. It is in one of the mineral display rooms
This was a very large rock about two feet across, with this lovely pattern of red & blue. The Smithsonian Institution also has a sample labeled as from Ishpeming, MI, which is the only place this is found.
Another example of the mining equipment on display.
I should have had Mom stand in this so you could get an idea how big it is. You can get a little idea from the road and building behind it.
Float copper is a native copper shapped as it is carried by glacial ice and then deposited along with sands and gravels. This piece weighs several hundred pounds.
The mine had three shafts, A, B, and C.
This was the last and newest of the three shafts used at this mine.
The Shaft houses a hoist to raise and lower equipment and ore to the surface.
This anvil used at the mine was so big, I asked one of the volunteer tour guides to stand by it to help illustrate it's size. He refused to lift it for some reason however.
This is me on the lower right, standing next to a 170 ton ore truck. They are made even larger than this nowdays.