Arcadian mine

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Coordinates: 47°09′07″N 88°31′30″W / 47.1519°N 88.525°W / 47.1519; -88.525

Arcadian mine was a copper mine developed in 1898 near Paavola, (then called Arcadia[1]) in Franklin Township, a short distance northeast of Hancock, in Houghton County, Michigan. The initial public offering was managed by Boston financier Thomas W. Lawson. The mine was owned and managed by Arcadian Copper Company in which some Standard Oil directors had a significant interest.[2]

Although there was a significant amount of investment in the mine, it was not rich in copper.[3] By 1908, the mine was thought to be one of the most spectacular failures in the region.[4]

The mine was operated as a tourist destination from the 1950s to the 1970s.[5]

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  1. ^ Romig, Walter. "Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and Naming of More than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities" Google books Page 27.
  2. ^ New York Times, "Arcadian Copper Company" June 24, 1898.
  3. ^ Stevens, Horace, "The Copper handbook" 1900 Google books. Pages 207--213.
  4. ^ Mining and engineering world: Volume 28. 1908. Page 169. Google books
  5. ^ Michigan Tech University, Copper Country Archives, Arcadian mine Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.

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