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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 67, August 15, 1853

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Identifier: DX04091532

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 67, August 15, 1853

Description: Describes his arrival at the mining town of Marquette, Michigan, on the Sam Ward.


15. Monday. Up by 5 1/2. Talks with Lewis & Northberry in the forepart of the boat, where the carven image of Sam Ward, as like him as I to Hercules served as figure-head. Northberry’s story how E.B. Ward commenced Captain. Boat aground at Chicago, (name in Indian for “Skunk”;) Captain about to abandon her, Ward disputed it, and they fought as to who should command. Ward the victor.) 7 o’clock and we are laying at Marquette, a little, ten years back located place, named after the Ancient Missionary. Why hasn’t Rene Mesnard stood godfather to a town yet? Twelve miles back are Iron mines. Disembarking with Northberry, Lewis, [Thompson P.] Mr Elrath and others at the little unfinished pier, the piles of which cast reflections like wiggling worms in the rippling lake water; we gymnastically progressed on beams which an inebriated wooden-legged man would have found difficulty in crossing, to the land. Up a bank, and into a place where Iron, the bones of the Giant Civilization was being wrought into dumpy bass or blooms. A ponderous though primitively hammer worked in simple, primitive manner by steam a man astride a huge roughened bar of metal, turning it round, so that the strokes might descend and sever the f molten heated end. Big furnaces fed by charred wood. Twas a big shed, this edifice, a chimney on the rock behind, with a sort of viaduct leading to’t. Near were masses of ore. We got several specimens, mostly very pure, [unclear word] pure metal. Back into another compartment of shed, where the ore was bruised into powder, by four or five piles, steamworked from above, one being in a rough trough below. Marquette is but a few houses, folks fish a little, but chiefly ply Iron-delving. Aboard, breakfast, an attempt

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-15

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Iron mines and mining
Great Lakes (North America)
Mineral industries
Superior, Lake


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