Studio exhibit 'Vanishing Horizons' reflects mining's history

September 12, 2015  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

The exhibit "Vanishing Horizons" by Christine Flavin of Marquette is on display at Bonifas' Studio Gallery from Sept. 7 to Oct. 18.

The industrial mining of the Michigan’s Upper Peninsula began just prior to the Civil War (1840). Initial sites were based on iron, copper, silver and gold mining explorations made by the Native American peoples living in the region for centuries.

The four major mountain ranges containing rich deposits of iron and copper ore are the Marquette, Menominee, Gogebic, and Porcupine/Huron (Copper Country) ranges. Mining in these ranges peaked during the second decade of the twentieth century with resurgences of mining activity during the first and second world wars. Some iron mining continued through the later part of the 1970s and a few iron mines are still operational.

Christina Flavin began photographing abandoned iron and copper mining sites along with the stamp mills and sterile grounds they have left behind.

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