Article ID: CBB867528422

It’s Not Time to Be Wasted: Identifying, Evaluating, and Appreciating Mine Wastes in Michigan’s Copper Country (2013)


Sean Gohman (Author)

IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Volume: 39
Issue: 1-2
Pages: 5-22

Publication Date: 2013
Language: English

Over a century of mining native copper in Michigan's Copper Country has produced several million tons of workable metal and an even greater amount of waste. The remaining rock, tailings, and slag each represent a separate step in the process of hard rock mining, providing tangible links to industrial landscape narratives at both regional and site-specific scales. Recently, the Keweenaw National Historical Park's Advisory Commission funded a survey of over 350 separate sites of copper mine waste, ranging from multi-acre tailings deposits to slag heaps occupying less than 50 sq. ft. This work resulted in the development of a classification and scoring rubric designed to identify waste sites of greatest historical significance, authenticity, and integrity. These findings offer insight into understanding and appreciating the residues of extractive practice that in this case, due to the benign nature of the unalloyed copper mined there, pose a lesser threat to the environment compared with most hard rock mining activities. [2016 Vogel Prize winner]

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Article Zimring, Carl A. (2013) Foreword: Theme Issue: Industrial Archeology of Industrial Waste. IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology (pp. 3-4). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Eric DeLony
Fredric L. Quivik
David B. Landon
Timothy A. Tumberg
Martin, Patrick E.
Andrew Sewell
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
University of California Press
Michigan State University Press
Industrial archaeology
Industrial Heritage
Mines and mining
Tailings (Metallurgy)
Buildings, Industrial
Copper Mines and Mining
Roebling, John Augustus
United States
Michigan (U.S.)
Butte, Montana
Carp River
Oregon (U.S.)
20th century
19th century
21st century
U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
Anaconda Copper Mining Company
Quincy Mining Company

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