Talk:Copper Country

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"Copper Country" counties[edit]

Why does it say "most" of the counties? What part is excluded? --Daniel C. Boyer 18:49, 9 May 2007 (UTC)

I removed "most" and then it was quickly reverted. I don't know why someone would say that some of Houghton county (for example) is not part of the Copper Country, but since someone appears to care I'll mention it here. I think that all of the counties mentioned should be fully included. Actual sources would be nice to have. Any thoughts? -- dcclark (talk) 22:34, 9 May 2007 (UTC)

Why would Baraga County be considered part of the Copper Country?Plazak 17:58, 4 August 2007 (UTC)

Baraga County is often included nowadays for the tourist trade, making the entire northwest block of counties into one "region". Could you perhaps expand on your (rather uninformative) comment? -- dcclark (talk) 18:31, 4 August 2007 (UTC)
As far as I know, no copper has ever been mined in Baraga County, as opposed to Keweenaw, Houghton, and Ontanagon. I was under the (perhaps mistaken) assumption that the "Copper Country" related to the copper mining region.Plazak 23:34, 8 August 2007 (UTC)
I just remembered this discussion while reading a convenient history of the Copper Country, "Strangers and Sojurners" by Arthur W. Thurner. This book repeatedly refers to the "Copper Country" as Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, and Baraga counties. While it's true that mining didn't happen in Baraga county, the county is so strongly linked to the rest of the copper country that it seems to be considered part of it. -- dcclark (talk) 01:58, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
You might also want take a peek at the sources in Copper Island. 7&6=thirteen (talk) 12:47, 24 October 2008 (UTC) Stan

There exists native copper, and that is what was primarily mined by the Indians, but when the mining companies came in, they were after the copper ore, not the native copper, which was much rarer and more difficult to deal with on a large scale. That's what I recall anyhow. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.47.236.5 (talk) 05:05, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Actually no -- all copper mined in the Copper Country (except that from the White Pine Mine) was native copper. It showed up in various forms, i.e. large masses, small masses, and tiny bits embedded in rock, but it was all pure -- no compounds. -- dcclark (talk) 17:04, 12 January 2009 (UTC)