This is where it all began.  In the late 1840's a great lakes schooner would have likely been anchored in the harbor to the left.  Fort Wilkins, a wooden stockade located between the harbor and Lake Fanny Hoe, would have been garrisoned by troops of the United States Army.  The high ridge on the horizon is the upturned edge of the Copper Harbor Conglomerate.  On the other side of the ridge lies the Portage Lake Volcanics with huge quantities of hydrothermal copper.  Miners from all over the world were flocking to Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.  

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About This Website

First of all, nothing is for sale.  The objective is to pictorially document the mineralogy of the Michigan Copper Range using a collection of photographs that spans fifty years.  They are the result of associations with many collectors, mineral dealers, museums and gem and mineral shows and are supplemented with current photography that is on going.

Detailed mineralogical and geological data that is well covered elsewhere will not be included, however, links to some of these sites will be given. 

The locations mentioned here are generalized and not pinpointed.  The status of accessibility to any site and the availability of specimens may change at any time.  It is the obligation of any visitor to the area to inquire locally regarding accessibility and to obtain permission where necessary.

I want to thank the many people that have helped to bring together this collection of photographs.  


Sometimes the label of a mineral specimen is very vague, especially when it comes to locality.  Labels on minerals from the Copper Country often read, Keweenaw Co., Houghton Co. or even Lake Superior with no reference to a specific mine.  Years ago, some collectors were not careful stewards of the supporting information that should accompany every specimen.  Over the years many writers stressed the importance keeping good records regarding each mineral specimen and collectors finally learned that the value of their specimens is greatly improved by good record keeping.

The minerals shown here are outstanding but they do not have specific location information on the labels.  
                                                                    Michigan Copper Range Minerals