In response to a question from last month's feature photo regarding Copper Range train #3 running out of Ontonagon here is a sample from the late teens and early 20's. The top map is from a soil conservation map of Ontonagon from 1921. The bottom left shows a CM&St.P ticket stub used by a lucky passenger traveling down the Copper Range to Ontonagon in 1917, a joint operation of the CM&St.P and Copper Range. The bottom right photo is the busy town of Ontonagon around the same time. (Kevin Musser Collection).
In support of evidence of through train service over the Copper Range and the CM&St.P I would like to offer this: The Copper Range Railroad Public Timetable of 1913 Notes: Nos. 4 and 5 - Are Through Daily Copper Range Trains between Calumet and Ontonagon. Train #4 left Calumet at 8:20am and arrived in Ontonagon at 12:05pm. The return, Train #5, left Ontonagon at 4:30pm and arrived in Calumet at 7:45pm. Calumet is listed as the connection with the Keweenaw Central RR. Through the entire existence of Copper Range Passenger service, there was a coooperation with the Milwaukee Road, by through service or connections. Timetables only tell part of the story. The logistics of the passenger operations needs to be examined and explained. Example; What equipment and loco's were used at what times? A study of Copper Range Passenger Service would make a fine History. (like every other subject in the Copper Country)