Historical Photos – Copper Country – Keweenaw – Michigan

Pasty Boy from the Copper Country holds a pasty bigger than his head.

This is from the Keweenaw with a caption the reads “I’m ‘Rale’ Cornish.”

I recently received a few new additions to my historical pictures collection. I thought it might be fun to share them with everyone. The first one is Pasty Boy up top. This delightful image comes from the copper country.  He’s holding a pasty that is bigger than his head and a cane meant to represent a shepherd’s crook. Cornwall was a long way from the Keweenaw Peninsula, but the Cornish copper miners kept their heritage alive. The Cornish Pasty lives as a shared heritage between the Upper Peninsula and Cornwall, England.

Part of a fleet of four ships the Tionesta made regular runs to the Copper Country.

The luxury passenger liner S.S. Tionesta enters the Portage Canal to receive cargo and passengers from Houghton and Hancock.

Next we have a nice picture of the luxury passenger steamship liner, the Tionesta. Part of a fleet of four, she could carry passengers and cargo. The ship was a frequent visitor to the Portage Canal which runs between Houghton and Hancock, Michigan and would pick up loads of copper and people. If you rode on the Tionesta, you were treated to the best life had to offer. She was launched in 1903 and plied the waves until 1937 sailing through the tumult of a world war, the roaring 20’s and prohibition.  A link below goes to a video of historical images of the S.S. Tionesta.

An excellent video on the Tionesta: SS Tionesta ~~ The Revolutionary Steamer – YouTube

Called the Scott Hotel in recent years, this old landmark still stands a Michigan Historical Site.

The Hotel Scott was one of the premier places to stay in the City of Hancock.

Named after  Archibald Scott, the Hotel Scott opened in 1906. The five story building was made of Lake Superior Sandstone and was one of Hancock’s outstanding places to stay. Currently it is on the National Register of Historical Places. Still standing today at 101 East Quincy Street, it houses apartments instead of the 100 rooms that was previously for guests.

If you enjoyed these historical pictures, check out my book, Faces, Places & Days Gone By.