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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.
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 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.
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.
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.