July 2004 Photo (To Ontonagon via the CM&St.P on the Copper Range)

The CopperRange.org Discussion Board: Featured Photo of the Month: July 2004 Photo (To Ontonagon via the CM&St.P on the Copper Range)
By Kevin E. Musser (Admin) ( on Monday, July 05, 2004 - 8:04 am:

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).

By Tim Lab ( on Monday, July 05, 2004 - 11:42 am:

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)

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