Historical Pictorials
Photos From the A. L . Burgan Family
A historical note, A. L. Burgan, retired as the Superintendent of the Ahmeek Mill, of C&H Consolidated Mining Company. He was a second generation Copper Countryite, having been born of parents (England) that had first come to the Phoenix Mines (then to Torch Lake). He received a Masters Degree in EE from U of M, in 1896, subsequently , in October, 1896, thru May, 1900, he was employed as Assistant Mill Superintendent of the Osceola Mining Co., and, Assistant Mill Superintendent for the Tamarack Mining Co.. At that time, the Osceola Mill was equipped with six heads and had been moved from Ripley, in 1885. (The Mill went out of service on Feb. 17, 1897). Following a short Superintendency of the Isle Royal Mine, he was appointed in April 1901, (after earning his Masters Degree), as Mill Superintendent of the Osceola Mining Co., and the Tamarack Mining Co., succeeding Charles H. Krause, who went to the Mass Mining Co. at Keweenaw Bay. When the Ahmeek Mill (with 4 heads) was built in 1906, and enlarged in 1910, all of the design and equipment was in the hands of A. L. Burgan, who was now Mill Superintendent. He remained as such until shortly before his death, in 1948. He also served on the Houghton County Board of Supervisors for 30 years, from 1911 to 1941, including 7 years as Chairman of the Board (1934-1941).
One of two 150 ton locomotives on first trip to Tamarack and Osceola Mills. (Date unknown). Tamarack & Osceola water pumping building. These pumps supplied 40 million gallons of water every 24 hours, for various operations. Tamarack & Osceola Company office. This early steam driven electric generator unit, supplied electricity for all mines and processing units, and was probably 25 cycles.
Another view of the electric generating room, with controls at the right. A view of one of the T & O's company offices. Children going & coming from area schools, often traveled back and forth by either the Houghton County Transit rail line, or, by various trains. (Mineral Range Depot). A view of the Osceola Mill Round Table Concentrators, a type used in all the copper mine mineral concentration mills in the area
A view of the lower part of the stamping operations. Osceola jig concentrators. Another view of the Osceola Mill, stamping operations. This is a view of the Tamarack Reclamation Plant, built just West of M26, and just West of Tamarack City. A bit later, a railroad access line would be built, that would input into the left end of the building. This recovery unit would input dredging from the new dredge units, being up old stamp sand from Torch Lake, reprocessing it, and returning the tailings to Torch Lake. The Tamarack City new home of T & O, Inc. overall Mill Superintendent, A. L. Burgan. Notice the mill in the background (SW). By WWII, this unit had been not only ended, but had been torn down, leaving only concrete base forms. A very early dam and steam power unit, directly to the West of this home, was abandoned and demolished, in the early 1890's.
During the 1941 Easter weekend, melting snowpack and heavy rainfall above Tamarack, brought water and debris down into the village after a railroad embankment gave way under the pressure due to culverts being blocked. This picture was taken shortly after the runoff subsided. This is M26. This story ran in the Daily Mining Gazette. A side street in Tamarack, following the flood. During the flood, crews and residents on M26, attempt to redirect the flow of water, away from homes and businesses. Note the Stamp Mill on the right.
Another view. On the upper streets, sand bags were used to try to redirect the water, some 40 million gallons. An early 1900's winter scene, of the Torch Lake area. A winter view of a passenger train in the Hubbell / Tamarack area. Primary transportation, including school children, was by either trains, or, the Houghton County Transit Authority (electric trolley cars).
With a stamp mill in the background, some sort of celebration, or gathering, was being held. Note no fence around the yard. This photo, was obviously taken about the same celebration, perhaps the Fourth of July, but later in time, note the fence now in the yard, and a change in the background. Assay Lab, Osceola Mill. Winter at the Tamarack and Osceola Stamp Mill, M26, Tamarack.
[Digital enhancement: Roland Burgan]
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