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Copper Country Railroads and Mines

Rev. Herman Page is an Episcopal priest and a great interest in the Copper Country and its railroad history. At one time he had been the rector of Trinity Church in Houghton. He was a long-time resident of northern Michigan and his father was the Episcopal bishop for this area from 1942 to 1964. For several years he had a lake-side cottage near Chassell. Rev. Page donated his collection of Copper Country materials to the archives at Michigan Technological University in 1979. He now lives in Topeka, Kansas, but is still active with the Soo Line Historical and Technological Society (Letter, Rev. Herman Page to John P. DuLong, 4 January 1996).

The Page collection covers almost all the railroads of the Copper Country, including the Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railway (DSS&A), the Mineral Range Railroad (MRRR), and the Hancock and Calumet Railroad (H&CRR). He also collected information on the various mining companies and some of the locations in the Copper Country. His collection consists of clippings, maps, photographs, prints, diagrams, correspondence, and postcards organized by railroads and mine sites. The Page Collection can be found at:

Copper Country Historical Collections
J. R. Van Pelt Library
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1295
Telephone: (906) 487-3209
Fax: (906) 487-2357
Email: copper at mtu.edu or enordber at mtu.edu

The following information about the collection is based on the "Herman Page Collections" archival guide and a visit in 1996 to the Copper Country Historical Collections archives. All enquires regarding the Page Collection should be directed to the Copper Country Historical Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Rev. Herman Page Collection, acc. #22, 6 August 1979:

Box 1:
F[older] 1: Ontonagon County Mines, articles, postcards, map (Greenland, Mass, and Rockland mining area), clippings, 1960's and 1970's
F. 2: Ontonagon County Mines, 2 prints
F. 3: Ontonagon County, display engines, clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 4: Ontonagon County Trains, 5 prints
F. 5: Ontonagon County, county may with railroads, county recreation map, clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 6: Ontonagon County, 2 prints
F. 7: Copper Range Railroad, correspondence, diagrams of tracks, 1918 map
F. 8: Copper Range Railroad, 32 prints
F. 9: Copper Range Railroad, magazine articles, clippings 1960's and 1970's, miscellaneous
F. 10: Copper Range Railroad, car plans and details (see pictures for details)
F. 11: Copper Range Railroad, rosters for steam locomotives, cabooses, and passenger cars
F. 12: Copper Range Railroad, 33 prints
F. 13: Copper Range Railroad, north end, Calumet, Laurium, 7 prints
F. 14: Copper Range Railroad, Mill Mine, clippings 1960's
F. 15: Copper Range Railroad, Mill Mine, 8 prints
F. 16: Copper Range Railroad, Freda, clippings 1960's
F. 17: Copper Range Railroad, Freda, 13 prints
F. 18: Stratton Lumber Company, clippings 1968
F. 19: Stratton Lumber Company, 12 prints
F. 20: Baltic, Trimountain, Painesdale, South Range, Winona, Redridge Dam, and Michigan Smelts, clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 21: Baltic, Trimountain, and Painesdale, 17 prints (Trimountain Mine, Painesdale Mine, Painesdale Depot, and Michigan Smelts)
F. 22: Atlantic Mining Company, correspondence, Atlantic area map and diagram, clippings 1960's
F. 23: Atlantic Mining Company, Atlantic and Lake Superior Railroad, 16 prints
F. 24: Silver Islet, clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 25: Silver Islet, 2 prints
F. 26: Keweenaw Central Railroad, clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 27: Keweenaw Central Railroad, 1911 map (bird's eye view of the Keweenaw Peninsula showing lines of the Keweenaw Central Railroad and connections), 1905 and 1907 report of the Keweenaw Copper Company
F. 28: Keweenaw Central Railroad, 13 prints
F. 29: Tourist Route, "Keweenaw Central," clippings, tickets, and postcards [missing]
F. 30: Tourist Line Over Keweenaw Central, "Keweenaw Central," postcards, clippings 1960's and 1970's, miscellaneous
F. 31: Phoenix, correspondence, diagrams, clippings 1960's and 1970's
Box 2:
F. 32: Phoenix, 44 prints
F. 33: Lac La Belle, clippings 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's
F. 34: Lac La Belle, 11 prints
F. 35: Lac La Belle and Calumet Railroad, diagrams, historical sketch, miscellaneous
F. 36: Lac La Belle and Calumet Railroad, 2 prints
F. 37: Arnold and Eagle Harbor Railroad, historical sketch, clipping 1971, miscellaneous
F. 38: Lake Linden and Eastern Railroad, 1 print of sawmill at Lake Linden, clipping 1964
F. 39: Delaware Conglomerate, clippings 1960's
F. 40: Delaware Conglomerate, 3 prints
F. 41: Gay, clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 42: Gay, 6 prints
F. 43: Cliff, clipping 1970, 17 prints
F. 44: Central, clippings 1960's
F. 45: Mandan, 1 print of railroad station at Mandan, clippings 1963
F. 46: Eagle River, clippings 1960's and 1970's, 4 postcards
F. 47: Eagle Harbor, 5 prints
F. 48: Eagle Harbor, clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 49: Keweenaw County, map with railroads, clippings 1960's
F. 50: Calumet and Hecla Railroad, rosters, correspondence 1960's, misc.
F. 51: Calumet and Hecla Railroad and Calumet and Hecla Mines, clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 52: Calumet and Hecla Railroad, 39 prints
F. 53: Calumet and Hecla Mining Co., correspondence, map showing the location and relative depths of the shafts around Calumet in the year 1890, clippings 1960's and 1970's, miscellaneous
F. 54: Calumet and Hecla Mining Co., 16 prints
F. 55: Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad, correspondence, infirmation from newsletters, etc.
F. 56: Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad, newsletters, back copies, miscellaneous
Box 3:
F. 57: Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad, plans, maps, track diagrams, 2 periodicals (Finelines, 11:4 [November 1974] and Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette, May 1976)
F. 58: Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad, rosters, miscellaneous
F. 59: Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad, clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 60: Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad, 39 prints
F. 61: Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad, list of pictures
F. 62: Quincy Mining Co., annual report 1969, clippings 1960's
F. 63: Quincy Mining Co., 3 prints
F. 64: Houghton County Traction Co., clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 65: Houghton County Traction Co., 34 prints
F. 66: Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railroad, clippings 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's
F. 67: Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railroad, 92 prints
F. 68: Mineral Range Railroad, rosters, clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 69: Mineral Range Railroad, 29 prints
F. 70: Hancock and Calumet Railroad, rosters, diagrams, clippings 1960's
Box 4
F. 71: Hancock and Calumet Railroad, 54 prints
F. 72: Houghton, Chassell, and Southwestern Railroad, correspondence, clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 73: Houghton, Chassell, and Southwestern Railroad, 20 prints
F. 74: Point Mills, 2 prints
F. 75: Houghton County Mining Co., correspondence, clippings 1960's
F. 76: Sheldon and Columbian Mining Co., 1 print
F. 77: Isle Royale Copper Co., correspondence, roster, diagrams, clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 78: Isle Royale Copper Co., 41 prints
F. 79: Houghton and Hancock Area, 2 road maps of Houghton County, clippings 1960's and 1970's, miscellaneous
F. 80: Houghton and Hancock Area, 12 prints
F. 81: Jacobsville, Senter, Paavola, Kenton, White City, clippings 1960's
F. 82: Jacobsville, Senter, 1 print, quarry at Jacobsville?
F. 83: Keweenaw Bay, clippings 1970's
F. 84: Keweenaw Bay, 10 prints
F. 85: Pequamming, clippings 1960's and 1970's
F. 86: Pequamming, 10 prints and 6 negatives
F. 87: Ford Railroad, L'Anse, correspondence 1960's
F. 88: Ford Railroad, L'Anse, 7 prints
F. 89: Huron Bay and Iron Range Railroad, clippings 1960's and 1970's, miscellaneous
F. 90: L'Anse and Houghton Overland Tr. Co. (stage), time table, miscellaneous, 1 print, mail by dog team
F. 91: Baraga County, clippings 1960's and 1970's, 5 negatives
F. 92: Miscellaneous Prints from Glass Slides, 19 prints
F. 93: Calumet and Hecla Mines and Railroad?, 45 prints and 12 postcards
F. 94: Calumet Area and Fort Wilkins, 13 postcards and 2 prints
F. 95: Calumet and Hecla Railroad?, 55 prints
F. 96: Calumet and Hecla Railroad?, 51 prints
F. 97: Calumet and Hecla Railroad?, 60 prints and 2 postcards
F. 98: Old Centennial Mine?, Copper Falls Mine?, Isle Royale Mine?, and Lake Mine?, 5 prints
Box 5: Copper Range Railroad?, 234 prints
Box 6: Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad? and Mines, 184 prints and 7 postcards
Oversize:
1 Copper Country Steam Train Poster (located in stack area above map case drawer labeled Calendars and Broadsize [sic])
Quincy Mining Company, 3 11 x 14 inch prints (located in stack area above map case drawer labeled Oversive PicturesCopper Country)

Additions to the Page Collection

I want to thank Erik Nordberg, the director of the Copper Country Archives, for sending me this list of materials added to the Page Collection in an email dated 16 February 1999.   I think we have to once again thank Rev. Page for donating so much material on Copper Country railroading for all of us to use. This is a substantial addition to what was already an impressive collection.

Rev. Herman Page Collection, acc. #98-016A, 21 August 1998, 10 boxes, 7.5 cubic feet:

Box 1: Books and Journals
All About Mandan, Michigan by Clarence Monette; 1982
Keweenaw Central Railroad and the Crestview Resort by Clarence Monette; 1997
The Copper Range Railroad by Clarence Monette; 1989
Freda, Michigan, End of the Road by Clarence Monette; 1989
"Tilden Mine," color illus., booklet; no author listed
The Gay, Michigan Story by Clarence Monette; 1988
"Copper Range Railroad (General Freight Dept.) Rules & Regulations", 1 April 1908
The Railfan’s Guide to Wisconsin & Michigan’s Upper Peninsula by Bob
Baker; 1986
The Mineral Range Railroad by Clarence Monette; 1993
National Railway Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 6, 1976
Michigan History, vol. 53, no. 1, Spring 1969
Bulletin no. 111 by Railway and Locomotive Historical Society; October 1964
Bulletin no. 98 by Railway and Locomotive Historical Society; October 1958 (2 copies)
Railroads in MichiganA Catalog of Company Publications 1836-1980 by LeRoy Barrett; 1986
Station in the Forest by Norma Colburn Terrien; 1969
All Aboard! A History of Railroads in Michigan by Willis F. Dunbar; 1969
"Consolidated Code of Operation Rules and General Instruction" 1945
"Copper Range Railroad CompanyRules of Operating Dept." 1 March 1906
Pioneer Railroad by R. Casey & W. Douglas
Steam Power by C. Knudsen
Chicago & Northwestern Power by P. Dorin
The 400 Story by J. Scribbins
The Run of the GE’sThe Final Northwestern Motive Power Roster
Chicago and Northwestern in Color; vol.1, 1941-53 by L. Keyser
Lake Superior Iron Ore Railroads by P. Dorin
Cinders and Timber by F. Harrison
Calumet & HeclaThe Final Chapter by R. Fox, Jr.
Historic Baraga County, Book of Postcards
Algoma Railroad by G. Forero, Jr.
Reminiscences of the Streetcar (1900-1932) by W. Maki
Old Reliable by L. Lankton & C. Hyde
Railroad Magazine, vol. 53, no. 3,  December 1950
Railroad Stories, vol. 9, no. 1, August 1932
Northwestern Lines Magazine, vol. 14, no. 4, vol. 15, nos. 3, 4, vol. 16, no. 1, vol. 17, no. 4, vol. 18, nos. 1, 2, vol. 19, no. 2, vol. 22, no. 3, and vol. 23, nos. 1, 3
Soo Line In Color by R. Wise
Steam Trains of the Soo by L. Suprey
Soo Lines1993 Review by F. Hyde
Saga of the Soo,  2nd edition, by J. Gjevre
Milwaukee Road East by P. Dorin
Box 2: Books and Journals
The Friendly Soo by L. Suprey
Michigan Ghost Towns by R. Dodge
Three Generations WestSaga of the Soo, vol.2, by J. Gjevre
The Little Jewel by W. Abbey
The Soo Line by P. Dorin
The Hiawatha Story by J. Scribbins
Milwaukee Road Remembered by J. Scribbins
Milwaukee Road’s Rib-Side Cabooses by J. Kehoe
Milwaukee Road 1850-1960 Photo Archive
The Milwaukee Road in Color; vol. 3 Wisc. & Mich." by W. Stauss
Fading Glory by F. Harrison
Wisconsin Rails by B. Baker
Wisconsin Rails 2 by B. Baker
Locomotive Quarterly, vol. 12, no. 3, Spring 1989
Journal: The Soo (Soo Line Historical and Technical Society), complete vols. 1-19, nos. 1-4 (1977-1997), partial vol. 20, no. 1 (Winter 1998)
The Soo Index 1977-1987
Box 3: 35mm Photographic Slides (contains 5 metal boxestotal of 6400 slides)
Slide Box A (1500 slides) DSS&A
Slide Box B (1400 slides) Soo Line, WC
Slide Box C (1200 slides) COPR, KC Tourist
Slide Box D (1000 slides) Q&R, LS&I, M&HM, E&LS, M&LS, C&H, DSSA Excursion
Slide Box E (1300 slides) DSS&A
Box 4:  Photo and Clipping Binders
Binder 1: DSS&APower Freight Cars NGTT; 6 equipment registers, approximately 170 photos and 90 photocopied articles
Binder 2: LS&I; approximately 75 pp. articles and 180 photos
Box 5: Photo and Clipping Binders
Binder 3: Soo Line General, Lake States, WC; DescriptionDSS & A, Depots facilities, approximately 90 photos and 100 pp. of articles
Binder 4: MILW; approximately 110 photos and 70 pp. articles
Binder 5: CNW; approximately 120 photos and 40 pp. articles
Box 6: Photo and Clipping Binders
Binder 6: Q&TL; approximately 110 pp. and 50 photos
Binder 7: U.P. ShortlinesE & LS, HB & Irm [Iron?] Range; Manistique & LS; Nahma & No., Porterfield & Ellis; Logging Rds misc.; approximately 85 pp. and 70 photos
Box 7: Photo and Clipping Binders
Binder 8: Copper RangeAtlantic Keweenaw Central Tourist; approximately 250 photos and 50 pp.
Binder 9: Copper Country; C&HH&TL; Isle Royale; Houghton Co. Traction; Keweenaw cont.; Lac La Belle; HC&SW; L’Anse; Pequamming; approximately 180 photos and 20 pp.
Box 8 – Photo/Clipping Binders
Binder 10:: Soo Line; Psqr [passenger?] cars, plans, trains, depots, 60 photos, and 70 pp.
Binder 11: Psgr, Trains, cars, 50 pp. and 320 photos
Box 9: Research Notes and Data Files
Box 10 Research Notes and Data Files (continued)

According to Nordberg, the additions total approximately 1.5 cubic feet of files containing research notes and data collected by Herman Page. Includes topical coverage of many Upper Peninsula railroads. Box 9 also contains an envelope of photographic negatives (approximately 600 images).

Please contact me should you have any questions or comments.  Alternatively, you can contact Erik Nordberg, enordber at mtu.edu, regarding the Page collection or the Copper Country Archives. 

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This page, and all contents, are Copyright 1996 by John P. DuLong, Berkley, MI. Created 15 May 1996. Last modified 27 March 1999.