Book review: Hollowed ground—Copper mining and community building on Lake Superior, 1840s–1990s

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Abstract

In 1843, six years before the Forty-niners headed west for the goldfields of California, the United States’ first great mineral rush began to a land that was, as Patrick Henry told Congress, “beyond the most distant wilderness and remote as the moon.” He was referring to the Keweenaw Peninsula of northern Michigan. This rush was not for gold or silver, but for copper. And not just any copper, but native copper, so pure it required little refining before use. The early horde of fortune-seekers came with visions of finding mountains of solid copper, spurred on by stories of large masses of “float copper” that included the famous Ontonagon Boulder, a large mass of native copper originally found lying 32 km up the steep and rugged valley of the Ontonagon River (and now gathering dust in the Smithsonian Museum).

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Book review: Hollowed ground—Copper mining and community building on Lake Superior, 1840s–1990s
Series title Economic Geology
DOI 10.2113/econgeo.105.7.1353
Volume 105
Issue 7
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher Society of Economic Geologists
Contributing office(s) Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center
Description 4 p.
First page 1351
Last page 1354