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Station: Calumet, MI (Formerly Red Jacket)

Calumet MI Depot Calumet MI Depot Calumet MI Depot Calumet MI Depot Calumet MI Depot Calumet MI Interlocker MapCalumet is located in northern Houghton County and at one time was the center of the largest copper mining operations in Michigan. The town was originally settled in 1866 arond the Calumet Mining Company, which fairly rapidly merged with the Hecla Mining company to become the C&H.

The town was originally called "Red Jacket". The name was formally changed in 1929 to Calumet. [MPN]

Note: Nearby Laurium, MI was also known as Calumet until it was changed to Laurium in 1895.

At the turn of the century, the Calumet area was the third most populated region in Michigan, behind Detroit and Grand Rapids. Today, Calumet has about 1,000 people.

Photo Info/Credit: Top, a postcard view of the Mineral Range depot in Calumet. 2nd, a winter scene of the MR depot. 3rd, a photo of the same depot with the interurban train nearby. [Alan Loftis collection], 4th, a 2003 photo of the depot. [Dale Berry], 5th photo, a photo of the town saying goodbye to the Light Guard which is heading out by train to Cuba on June 25, 1898 at the old depot in Calumet. 5th photo, a map of the Mineral Range crossing of the Hecla & Torch Lake railroad crossing in Calumet, as drawn from a blue print in the State of Michigan Archives. [Dale Berry]

The DSS&A station in Calumet was built about 1910 on Oak Street. It was a rectangular brick passenger sgtation 33' wide and 110' long with hipped roofs and overhanging eaves supported by wooden brackets. The center of the tation, 45' long, is two stories while the rest is one story. [UPM]