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Copper miners’ lives 100 years ago results in bitter labor strike and Christmas Eve tragedy

December 21, 2013
By Donna Searight Simons , Daily Press

CALUMET - A hundred years ago marked a tumultuous time in Michigan's Copper Country. Copper miners were fed up with dangerous working conditions, long hours and low pay, so they joined the Western Federation of Miners and went out on strike in July of 1913. To make matters worse, on Christmas Eve, five months into the strike, an unthinkable tragedy occurred that forever changed the Copper Country. How did Houghton and Keweenaw counties go from mines filled with hard-working men to daily picketing, confrontations, accidents, and even death?

 
 
 

 

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