Osceola / Opeechee

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Osceola / Opeechee

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Calumet, MI 49913
United States
Regions: Calumet
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About 1 mile south of Calumet, turn west onto Store Street. Osceola was located in the area between Store and Millionaire Streets. The area across Store Street was known as Tecumseh. Residential l ...
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About 1 mile south of Calumet, turn west onto Store Street. Osceola was located in the area between Store and Millionaire Streets. The area across Store Street was known as Tecumseh. Residential location of the Osceola Mining Company, it had a population of 1,400 in 1877. The photo shows the Osceola/Opeechee shaft #6, circa 1910.

In 1877, the town was known as Osecola.  The name stuck until the 1880's and then in 1887 it was again known as Opeechee.  There was a Methodist church, post office, printer, news agency, meat market, physician, general store, and the Osceola Consolidated Mining Co.  By 1893, the Tecumseh Copper Mining Co. was formed.  In 1905, the population was 1,900 and there had been an addition of a dentist.  By 1910 there was a boarding house and a school there as well.  Within the next few years the name was officially changed back to Osceola and the population dropped to around 1,000.  In 1917, the La Salle Copper Company was added.  In 1927, James McNaughton, the general manager of the Calumet & Hecla Copper Co. moved here.  Only the empty mine shafts remain of what was once a booming mine town here years ago.

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