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Copper Range Railroad


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The Copper Range Railroad (CR) was a small railroad company that operated from 1899 to 1972 in the western Upper Peninsula of the state of Michigan, United States. Its main line ran from Gay, on the Keweenaw Peninsula at Lake Superior, through Calumet and Houghton to McKeever, 74 miles. It had branches to Greenland, Freda, Redridge, Senter and Laurium, on the Peninsula; a total track miles of 89. The railroad served several copper mines in the Keweenaw Peninsula, known collectively as the Copper Range. The railroad enjoyed connections with the DSS&A/Mineral Ridge (later Soo Line) in Houghton, and with the Milwaukee Road in McKeever, providing passenger, freight and school train service. During its life span, the Copper Range Railroad rostered 24 steam and 3 diesel locomotives.
A Few key dates of the Copper Range Railroad
1899 - The Copper Range Railroad was formed in 1899 in Houghton, Michigan by the Copper Range Company, a copper-mining concern with extensive holdings south of Portage Lake in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan..
1931 - The CR serviced their passenger customers with mixed trains on all portions of the main line with trains terminating at Houghton, where they interchanged with the Mineral Ridge Railway. These mixed trains often were not run daily, but service was provided on most branches.
1940's - Mixed train service continues.
1950 - CR is freight only.
1972 - The Copper Range Railroad was dissolved in 1972, although the Copper Range Company continued to operate the White Pine copper mine at White Pine, Michigan until 1995.
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Copper Range Railroad - 1931
CR map 1931

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