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Penokee Iron Range Trail – Montreal Location

Iron County Heritage Area

 
 
Penokee Iron Range Trail – Montreal Location Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 21, 2011
1. Penokee Iron Range Trail – Montreal Location Marker
Inscription. You are standing in the architectural complex that supported iron mining at the Montreal Mine #5 Shaft – the heart of the mining community known as “Montreal Location.”

The huge native field stone building served as the companyís machine shop. Here mining equipment could be repaired by an army of electricians, carpenters, and welders. The remnants of the hoist house, located south of the machine shop, housed engines that could raise a ten ton carload of ore every two minutes.

Life at Montreal Location wasnít all hard work. The Hamilton Club was built in 1918 as a recreational center by the Oglebay-Norton Mining Company for the Montreal Company miners and the families.

No expense was spared to appoint the Hamilton with the finest recreational facilities. With its hardwood stage, pool tables, two bowling alleys, a barber shop, and soda fountain the Hamilton was the center of community life. It burned down on the day of its 50th anniversary. All that remains of the once handsome structure is a red brick ruin.

The most imposing of all, the headframe of Montreal #5 Shaft towered almost 100 feet above these buildings and Montreal Location. The massive steel structure was located next to the chimney visible still behind the machine shop.

Unable to compete against cheaper sources of iron ore the

Penokee Iron Range Trail – Montreal Location Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 21, 2011
2. Penokee Iron Range Trail – Montreal Location Marker
photo from lower right of marker
Montreal Mine, the “grande dame” Penokee Iron Range, closed in 1962. Buildings and machinery were auctioned off. The great steel headframe that stood for Montrealís iron mining prosperity was torn down for scrap.
 
Location. 46° 25.708′ N, 90° 14.226′ W. Marker is in Montreal, Wisconsin, in Iron County. Marker is at the intersection of Montreal Street and Wisconsin Ave (Wisconsin Highway 77) when traveling south on Montreal Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montreal WI 54550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Penokee Iron Range Trail – A Company Town (here, next to this marker); Montreal Trails – The Montreal Mine (approx. 0.3 miles away); George W. Sullivan (approx. 0.3 miles away); The City of Montreal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail – Gile Falls (approx. 0.6 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Flambeau Trail Crossing (approx. 0.9 miles away); This 5 ½ Foot Diameter Drill Core (approx. 2.9 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail – Historic Iron County Courthouse (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Montreal.
 
Additional keywords. Mining
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Montreal Location Machine Shop image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 21, 2011
3. Montreal Location Machine Shop
Montreal Location Machine Shop - Rear of Building image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 21, 2011
4. Montreal Location Machine Shop - Rear of Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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