Rockland, Ontonagon Co., MI
August 11, 2006.
The Rockland dump.
After leaving the Minesota Mine, I proceeded to the Rockland Mine. The directions given to us said to proceed 0.6 miles further on M-26, turn right, go 0.2 miles, then turn right on Victoria St., and go 0.6 miles. Victoria St. is described as a one lane gravel road, but I’d call it a snowmobile trail. The 0.6 miles seemed like much, much more. My van, which has good ground clearance, still dragged the trailer hitch in a number of places. When I reached the mine, I had to make a hairpin turn to the right, then go up a fairly steep trail to the parking area. It was then a few hundred yards up to the mine site. The coordinates (at the parking area) are 46 deg. 44.083’N, -89 deg. 09.792’W.
This mine exploited the same orebody as the Minesota, so, as one would expect, the mineralogy is much the same. I didn’t get very much material, but Kyle Smith, a junior collector from Flint, MI, found a beautiful piece of crystallized copper about 3” long!
On leaving the mine, I was told to continue in the direction I had come, thus eliminating the hairpin turn. This road took me right out onto M-26, and was much easier to travel.