<ul><li>Presented at the  </li></ul><ul><li>6 th  Annual  </li></ul><ul><li>Conference on Ancient America, Sept 18, 2010 <...
Several Billions of Years Ago, Volcanoes and Terrific Hot Water/Steam from Deep Within the Earth, Created Conditions for f...
Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula was the recipient of the largest, purest deposits of copper in the world.
This sliced chunk from the Seaman Mineral Museum on MTU Campus, shows the brilliant purity of Keweenaw Range copper
Four Glacial Ages scrubbed down the copper rich Keweenaw Mountains, dragging and dropping off  hunks of nearly pure copper...
Ancient miners worked the copper, picked up pieces lying on the surface, worked in small pits,  & broke hunks off from lar...
Some very large pieces are left as evidence of glacial drops: On display in public places such as-  Calumet City Park,  Qu...
This 17 ton piece was removed from the waters of Lake Superior- by the state and donors- & put on display (for Seaman Mine...
Here’s a giant pure float copper found a few years ago on private land south of Houghton, 1.5 tons larger than &quot;ours&...
Oct, 1996 Mr. K & Mr. M found on their own land (prev. Quincy Mine land) this magnificent &quot;float&quot; copper.  What ...
Enter Fred Rydholm. He believed this piece should be saved, and AAPS should do it! We thought he was overly optimistic.  H...
Oct. 2009, some board members & advisors saw the copper for themselves and fell under it's spell.
Carl Lindquist , Friend of AAPS, Executive Dir. of Superior Watershed Partnership wondered: How to broaden interest in sav...
Carl Coordinated! Copper owners, city council, truckers, movers,  permits, architects, builder, sign-maker, crane, press.....
The dozer dragged the copper out through the woods, making a smoothed out road as it went... and polished the copper's bot...
Friday, Sept. 3, 2010  MOVING DAY!  First significant move since the glacier moved it 12,000 years ago! Moyle got it out o...
 
Glenn and Judy went to breakfast, after a few hours in the elements. Back…and the copper was on the trailer and headed out...
The copper was scaled at Moyle Gravel, Houghton, at about 28.5 tons...less than hoped. Then we followed the very speedy tr...
All the way to Presque Isle, and the truck couldn’t make the bend in the road toward the prepared site! It had to drive sl...
The copper remained on the trailer for a few days till the crane could come to put it in it’s place. Meanwhile it enjoyed ...
Fred K Rydholm kneels where his dad posed many years earlier. Hundreds of people felt the thrill of actually standing on t...
Sept 8th, the 100 ton crane came from Lindberg and Sons to lift the copper to it’s berm.
 
Conference 2010: The biggest thrill was when  members & friends of AAPS gathered with the copper! NOW To Raise the Funds  ...
SINCERE THANKS! <ul><li>AAPS Board, Advisors & Friends, </li></ul><ul><li>The City of Marquette </li></ul><ul><li>Superior...
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Since the last glacier moved this copper about 12,000 years ago, and dropped it off N. of Hancock, Michigan, it has not moved. Until now! It moved to Presque Isle Park, Marquette Michigan. Here, thousands of people can see and enjoy it. We (Ancient Artifact Preservation Society) can help educate about Michigan's Ancient Copper Industry. The other main point is to save this largest-in-the-world hunk from industrial destruction.

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Moving the World's Largest Glacial Copper

  1. 1. <ul><li>Presented at the </li></ul><ul><li>6 th Annual </li></ul><ul><li>Conference on Ancient America, Sept 18, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Holiday Inn, Marquette </li></ul><ul><li>(c) 2010 Ancient Artifact Preservation Society www.aapsCopper.com </li></ul>Moving the Copper September 3, 2010
  2. 2. Several Billions of Years Ago, Volcanoes and Terrific Hot Water/Steam from Deep Within the Earth, Created Conditions for forming Nearly Pure Copper In the Keweenaw Range. Plate Tectonics Pushed up the Mountain Range, now Beautifully Filled with Copper! Many miles of copper still lie beneath Lake Superior.
  3. 3. Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula was the recipient of the largest, purest deposits of copper in the world.
  4. 4. This sliced chunk from the Seaman Mineral Museum on MTU Campus, shows the brilliant purity of Keweenaw Range copper
  5. 5. Four Glacial Ages scrubbed down the copper rich Keweenaw Mountains, dragging and dropping off hunks of nearly pure copper. Note varying lake levels.
  6. 6. Ancient miners worked the copper, picked up pieces lying on the surface, worked in small pits, & broke hunks off from larger pieces. <ul><li>5720 pound piece of pure copper found in ancient mine pit at McCargo Cove, Isle Royale, raised on oak cribbing. </li></ul><ul><li>Copper solutions kept the wood from deteriorating over the centures. </li></ul><ul><li>Note how the piece may have been heated and hammered to break off smaller ingots. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Some very large pieces are left as evidence of glacial drops: On display in public places such as- Calumet City Park, Quincy Mine (17 tons)
  8. 8. This 17 ton piece was removed from the waters of Lake Superior- by the state and donors- & put on display (for Seaman Mineral Museum) at Quincy Mine
  9. 9. Here’s a giant pure float copper found a few years ago on private land south of Houghton, 1.5 tons larger than &quot;ours&quot; but it was sold as scrap metal, now it’s gone forever!
  10. 10. Oct, 1996 Mr. K & Mr. M found on their own land (prev. Quincy Mine land) this magnificent &quot;float&quot; copper. What a thrilling day that was !
  11. 11. Enter Fred Rydholm. He believed this piece should be saved, and AAPS should do it! We thought he was overly optimistic. He said his new book would “change everything.” It helped but not as fast as he’d hoped. <ul><li>Fred fell in love with the copper & convinced AAPS officers and Friends that it would be the perfect centerpiece for a future museum…but FIRST it had to be saved from industrial melt. </li></ul><ul><li>We said good-bye to Fred, April 2009, and vowed to keep his dream alive. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Oct. 2009, some board members & advisors saw the copper for themselves and fell under it's spell.
  13. 13. Carl Lindquist , Friend of AAPS, Executive Dir. of Superior Watershed Partnership wondered: How to broaden interest in saving the copper? Carl's office moved to Presque Isle Park Spring 2010. Carl was inspired. Maybe the City of Marquette would host the copper? YES they would! How wonderful! Now THOUSANDS could see it! Carl on the copper in the woods, Oct ‘09 New Offices @ Presque Isle
  14. 14. Carl Coordinated! Copper owners, city council, truckers, movers, permits, architects, builder, sign-maker, crane, press... 3 months work, & off we go! First, it had to get out of the woods! Trees , scrub brush and dirt were knocked out of the way, and plowed on top of the copper as it was dragged along, making a road behind the big dozer.
  15. 15. The dozer dragged the copper out through the woods, making a smoothed out road as it went... and polished the copper's bottom! Which we saw on the 8 th when the crane moved it onto it’s display @ Presque Isle Park
  16. 16. Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 MOVING DAY! First significant move since the glacier moved it 12,000 years ago! Moyle got it out of the woods, onto Oberstar's flatbed trailer. It was not an easy operation! Gravel was dumped to create a ramp to “slide” the copper on up to the flatbed trailer. There were a few snags. It rained….a lot! The wind blew, it got cold, it got really muddy. TV-6 Ashley Palumbo, and Ford Movie folks; Bob Kreipke and Janine McFadden were soaked along with the rest!
  17. 18. Glenn and Judy went to breakfast, after a few hours in the elements. Back…and the copper was on the trailer and headed out of the woods toward the road!! YAY! (We’d had some doubts.)
  18. 19. The copper was scaled at Moyle Gravel, Houghton, at about 28.5 tons...less than hoped. Then we followed the very speedy truck to Marquette. He had a highway permit deadline to meet! Here it passes Da Yoopers Tourist Trap where the largest copper in the world briefly meets the largest rifle and largest chain saw in the world .
  19. 20. All the way to Presque Isle, and the truck couldn’t make the bend in the road toward the prepared site! It had to drive slowly all around the island.
  20. 21. The copper remained on the trailer for a few days till the crane could come to put it in it’s place. Meanwhile it enjoyed being out of the woods, and hosting many visitors, photographs, and TV and news media attention. Everyone Loves it!
  21. 22. Fred K Rydholm kneels where his dad posed many years earlier. Hundreds of people felt the thrill of actually standing on top of such a large specimen. Some children were heard to say they could feel “something” moving beneath their touch.
  22. 23. Sept 8th, the 100 ton crane came from Lindberg and Sons to lift the copper to it’s berm.
  23. 25. Conference 2010: The biggest thrill was when members & friends of AAPS gathered with the copper! NOW To Raise the Funds to SAVE IT!
  24. 26. SINCERE THANKS! <ul><li>AAPS Board, Advisors & Friends, </li></ul><ul><li>The City of Marquette </li></ul><ul><li>Superior Watershed Partnership & Carl Lindquist </li></ul><ul><li>Superior Film Productions, </li></ul><ul><li>Ford Motor Company Film/Historian </li></ul><ul><li>Lindberg and Sons </li></ul><ul><li>TV-6 Marquette Mining Journal, </li></ul><ul><li>Oberstar Excavating, Tri-Star Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Gary Moyle Contracting, Pride Printing, </li></ul><ul><li>Nagelkirk Landscaping, Cook Signs </li></ul><ul><li>© 2010, AAPS/Ancient Artifact Preservation Society May be used and presented for educational purposes at no charge </li></ul><ul><li>with approval of AAPS. Ph 906-942-7865 </li></ul>

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