Negaunee, Marquette Co., MI
August 4, 2006
The remains of the headframe building
We left our home in northern Indiana on the morning of August 2, pulling our travel trailer. After an overnight stop at the Peshtigo River Campground near Crivitz, Wisconsin we arrived at the Marquette Tourist Park in the early afternoon of August 3. This is a very nice campground operated by the City of Marquette.
On Friday morning I met with the members and guests of the Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club in a mall parking lot in Ishpeming. The leader of the trip suggested that anyone with a passenger car with low clearance should consider riding with someone else. Since I had plenty of room in my van, I offered to take someone. My offer was accepted by a couple who had a rental car. I learned later that they had come all the way from England for collecting.
When all release forms had been signed the motorcade departed for the mine. We took US 41 back toward Marquette, and turned south on Route 28 in Negaunee. We followed 28 about three quarters of a mile and then turned left on East County Road. Another left turn after 0.6 miles took us onto the road to the mine.
This is an old iron mine, abandoned for years, as can be seen from the picture of what’s left of the headframe. For some reason the reading I took on my GPS was quite far off when plotted on a map. The coordinates from the map are 46 deg. 29.453’ N, -87 deg. 35.864’ W. The dumps where we collected are quite overgrown, and reached by following a trail to the right from a spot just before the gate to the old headframe.
The material on the dump appears to be massive goethite (“limonite”), with some hematite. I picked up a couple of pieces of specular hematite, and some goethite that showed some botrioidal form. All in all, I was quite disappointed with this trip.
Before we parted back at the mall, I gave Harry and Christine (the collectors from England) directions to the Champion and Michigamme mines. They reported later that both were much better than this mine.