Mining:  Deer Lake Furnace, Ishpeming, MI

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  • Begun in 1867, it first operated in 1868.  It originally had no rail access and was supplied by wagons from a wagon road which went from the New York location road (just north of the Peninsula Railroad tracks).  It produced 25 tons a day in 1880.  In 1880, the C&NW surveyed a rail line from the Nelson Mine (which was on Teal Lake's south side) to Deer Lake.  The rail never came from that direction.  In 1884, the C&NW built a line from the Ishpeming Cliffs Shafts along the Carp River to the Deer Lake Furnace and Lumber Mill.  The furnace was short lived and ended in 1891.  [EHMT]


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