Nov 20-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: November: Nov 20-05
Freda Stamp Mill    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo from 'Copper Country Postcards'

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 07:42 am:

This week's Shoebox Memory is relevant in a number of ways to current events here at Pasty Central. First of all, this scan of the old Freda Stamp Mill is from Nancy Sanderson's new book, "Copper Country Post Cards - A View of the Past From The Keweenaw Peninsula", which is available in this year's holiday shipping schedule, featuring free postage when ordered with pasties. Next week we'll have more to say about this wonderful new book, published by Keweenaw Country Historical Society.

But a second connection of the Freda Mill with Pasty Central, has to do with the trestle timbers, like those seen by the shafthouse above. Perhaps you have heard that Pasty.NET has purchased The Hut Inn in Kearsarge, where we are constructing a new network center, building a bigger pasty kitchen, and (next spring) plan to re-open the restaurant. Around 1950 Paul Hendrickson began collecting mining rocks and timbers for use in the original construction of the Hut Inn. It just so happens that many of the big beams came from that trestle at the Freda Mill. You can see some of those beams in this painting by Ellen Torola, which was adapted as a placemat:

The Hut
This past week, the day before the snow started falling, we got a head start on the construction in Kearsarge, removing the old ramp between the restaurant and adjacent motel. You may recall walking this ramp if you ever went to the restrooms at The Hut a few years ago. Again, here you can see some of the Freda Mill timbers, which will continue to be a part of this historic landmark:
Stay tuned to the Pasty Cam for updates on our progress in bringing back The Hut, as the new headquarters of Pasty Central. Have a good week :o)
Walter M Sands (Wsands) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 08:09 am:

hope you enjoy continued sucess with,look forward to having blueberry pie at the hut naxt year.

By Grace M Wetton (Gmw) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 08:10 am:

Good Morning! Don't know much about mines but the pictures are interresting to look at. Again,
congratulations on purchasing the Hut-Inn.

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 08:16 am:

Wonderful that the building will be preserved for all of us who remember the Hut. (not the "Hut-Inn") There was nothing like the original Hut!

By Brian R. Juntikka (Polkatime) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 08:51 am:

Photo appears to be Champion Number 2 shaft in Painesdale - looking north.

By JARMO ITÄNIEMI (Japei) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 09:26 am:

Very good Sunday from here HÄRMÄ:

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 10:07 am:

Cool idea, great shots.

By Paul H. Meier (Paul) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 10:56 am:


As Brian says, the photo is of one of the Champion Mine shafts at Painesdale, and not of the Champion Mill at Freda.


By Gary W. Long (Gary_in_co) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 12:09 pm:

Here's vote number three for definately not Freda. It does look a lot more like Painesdale.

By Joe Dase (Up_miner) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 12:40 pm:

It's Champion #2 Shaft...

By Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 01:40 pm:

Brian, Paul, Gary, Joe,

You are correct, this apparently is NOT the Freda Mill, as I first thought. In the Postcard Book the caption says:

"The Copper Range Company was founded in 1899. The cars would carry the ore to the stamp mill in Freda. Shaft #4 is still standing."
The question then, is today's picture Shaft #2 or Shaft #4?

Edie and I were talking about maybe taking a ride down to Freda this afternoon to see what we can see.
allen philley (Allen) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 05:58 pm:

I believe up miner is coorect . Its shaft #2 inthe postcard.

By Joe Dase (Up_miner) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 06:48 pm:

It is #2 Shaft for sure, I know the property well, I worked there while in school (In the #1 Shaft area).

By Capt. Paul & Dr. Nat in Texas (Eclogite) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 10:28 pm:

Yup, that's #2 Champion for sure!!

Chalk another one up to Joe ;-)

By nancy sanderson (Naerkkila) on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 08:22 pm:

I do not know which shaft is shown in the photo. The statements were of a general nature. I did not know anyone who could identify it properly. It is a great postcard.

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