This month's featured photo takes up where last month's left off. Another fine photo, taken in the 1920's, and a very rare view, from Sara Rice who provided us with another rare view from within the Copper Range South Range depot a few months ago. In this view we are looking north from the backside of the South Range depot (a side not normally photographed). The Kaleva Temple is to the left just out of view, and the building in the distance is shown as an Ice house in a 1920's Sanborn map I have. Last month we had a few comments about the interesting equipment used on the Copper Range, here is another good example. The car at the station track platform in the distance appears to be a refer of some sort, most likely not a Copper Range car, but the car in the foreground is COPR #180 a half insulated box car used for L.C.L. frieght. Can't make out any hatches on the roof but it is still the first photo I have found of #180. From the Sara Rice Collection.
In this day and age it is hard to imagine how important the rails were to a place like South Range. This illustrates the day to day LCL business. There are stories of 18-20 reefers arriving at Calumet on the COPR. All car loads to local merchants.