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Copper Country Railroads

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North Country Railroads

Once the Copper Country was crisscrossed with tracks. Now the tracks of the DSS&A only reach a little beyond Baraga. All the tracks north of Houghton have now been removed. However, there are still some traces of the railroads that once operated in the Copper Country. It is not too difficult to travel along the roadbeds since they are now used in the winter for snow mobiling. This page lists the railroads that I have found operating at one time or another in the Copper Country, which consists of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon Counties. Many of these were short lines operated by local mining and logging companies. However, there where a few major lines operating in the Copper Country, including the Chicago and Northwestern and the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific (the Milwaukee Road) railroads. In addition, there were some paper railroads that were planned but never built. Now, only the Wisconsin Central is active in some portions of Copper Country.

List of Copper Country Railroads

bullet.gif (978 bytes) Adventure Mining Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Alexander, Trueman
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Anderson, C. L.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Anderson, R. E.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Allouez Mining Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Amygdaloid Mining Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Arnold and Eagle Harbor
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Atlantic and Lake Superior
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Baraga Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Belt Copper Mines
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Bennet and Brown Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Bergland Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Brunswick-Ewen Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Butters, Marshall, Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Calderwood Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Calumet and Hecla Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Chicago and Northwestern
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Chicago and Northwestern Transportation
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Conglomerate Mining Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Copper Falls Mining Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Copper Range Railroad
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Dehaas, N. N., and Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Delatrie and Anderson Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Diamond Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Dollar Bay Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Ford [Motor Co.] Railroad
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Franklin Mining Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Frost Shingle Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Globe Tram Railway
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Greenwood Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Hancock and Calumet Railroad
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Hebard, Charles S., et al.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Hecla and Torch Lake Railroad [Calumet and Hecla Mining Co.]
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Holt Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Houghton, Chassell, and Southwestern
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Houghton County Street
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Houghton County Traction
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Houghton Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Iron Range and Huron Bay Railroad
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Island Mining Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Isle Royale Mining Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Keweenaw Central Railroad
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Lac La Belle and Calumet Railroad
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Lake Linden and Eastern Railroad
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Lake Mining Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Lake Superior Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Marquette, Houghton, and Ontonagon Railroad
bullet.gif (978 bytes) McMillan, C. V., Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Menasha Woodenware Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Mercer Delatrie Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Milwaukee and Northern
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Milwaukee, Lake Shore, and Western
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Mineral Range
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Mohawk [Mining Co.] and Traverse Bay
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Northland Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Northwest Copper Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Ontonagon
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Ontonagon and Brule River
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Ontonogan [sic] Fibre Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Pampa Land Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Portage Lake Mining Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Rockland Mining Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Quincy and Torch Lake [Quincy Mining Co.]
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Quincy Mining Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Sawyer, Goodman Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Soo Line
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Spies-Thompson Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Stearns and Culver Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Stratton, D. A.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Thompson and Wells Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Trout Creek Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Trap Rock Valley
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Union Bay and Nonesuch
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Weidman and Son Lumber Co.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Wisconsin Central, Ltd.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Wolverine Mining Co.

Sources: Meints (1992) and Mailer (1985c, 85).

Eventually, I hope to add short summaries of each of these railroads. Meanwhile, you can check the sources I used to compile this list to learn more about these railroads.

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