GOLD MINING IN MICHIGAN UPPER PENINSULA

    04 Oct

    Gold mining uses very little of the land is contained in the Michigan Upper Peninsula. But the population though, is only three percent. Their economy has mostly depended on mining. In 1854 gold was initially discovered in the Upper Peninsula. There are three ways that gold can be found in Michigan; firstly in bedrock, second in sediments and thirdly in streams. Most claims have been found in the north.

    In Michigan there is a 344-mile border which it shares with Wisconsin. This goes along the range of Lake Michigan’s north side, Lake Superior’s south, and to the east of Lake Huron. Initially, copper came to be discovered before the Civil War in the Upper Peninsula in the region of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Till the year 1900, nearly 75 percent of the copper used by America came from here. The population is about 300,000 people which is scattered with the exception of Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie cities which are located on the North Coast.

    Gold which is subjected to weather and other natural ramifications are deposited in a placer concentration. This occurs in stream bed, sediment or residual deposit. Gold accumulates due to its weight in a placer deposit. Since it is shiny and yellow in color it is recognizable even when the quantities are very small.

    Many counties such as Marquette, Antrim, Oakland and Oceania have found placer gold. With the advancement of technology explorers and prospectors will have better opportunities to find gold mines as desired. Miners use a gold pan to wash gravel which is sometimes attached to the material. This is a frequently used method in mining. It is also an inexpensive method.

    Michigan has a history rich in gold mining. Unfortunately most of them are considered lost treasure. Many ships sank with their gold treasure in Michigan and since of late have reappeared after many years. Marquette County has gold mining prospects and its famous mine was known as Ropes Gold mine. There is a touch of romance in gold mining in Michigan. It is said that some folks still make their living from mine locations which remain to be a secret to others. Placer mining was done regularly in all counties in Michigan. Many mines still exist but remain forgotten.

    There are four mining ranges in Michigan; The Copper County, Houghton, District of Keweenaw and Ontonagon. In Michigan’s mining history, it is known to have developed more than 800 mines underground with the aid of shafts. The shafts were placed vertically and sunk into the ground at different angles. Some mines were developed horizontally. In 1840 the Marquette Mineral Range was first developed. Only two gold ventures were commercially successful out of all the gold ventures existing. The mine on Marquette Range has successfully operated for over 160 years.

    There is a story of the lost gold of Michigan. This story initially began where three young men traveled to find the lost gold. They spent a long duration of time and traveled many miles in search of their fortune which in the end they found simply through their perseverance.

    In the north of Ishpeming gold had been discovered. There were traces of gold, silver and copper on mount Mesnard which is south of the Marquette Range. Many discoveries were made in this range. Many explorers found their fortune at this location and many more hopeful prospectors journeyed to this range to amass their fortune in gold.