Loading Copper on a Boat, Houghton, Mich.

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The copper of commerce is handled in bars, called ingots. Here on the freight cars you see tons and tons of these ingots ready to be transshipped by boat. Great piles of them are already loaded on the ship; but the cargo of 1400 tons is not yet completed. From this shipping point, at Houghton, Michigan, shipload after shipload is sent forth. One of the reasons why the Michigan copper field was opened early is its easy approach. The upper peninsula is within reach of the waters of the Great Lakes. Transportation is thus made easy. Railroads connect the mines with lake ports; and lines of steamers call at these ports for their heavy cargoes. The demand for copper is very heavy in all civilized countries. And the needs of civilized peoples have been carried to all lands. Street cars and automobiles run in far-away Java, just as they do about your home. Telephones are in operation in numberless places in Africa. Cables and telegraph lines connect the out-of-the-way corners of the earth. The electricity needed to operate the telephones, automobiles, etc., is carried on copper wires. The United States furnishes by far most of the copper used. Europe depends on our copper mines largely. But in recent years all countries have been carefully inspected to see if there are any deposits of this metal. It has been found in Abyssinia; in northern Afghanistan; in Argentina; in Belgian Congo; in Tasmania; Cuba; Haiti; and many other places. One of the reasons why the Central Powers overran Serbia in the Great European War was to get control of a valuable copper mine. Trace a cargo from Houghton to Buffalo. Keystone ID: 22049 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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