- History of Copper Mining
- Early Days of the Lake Superior Copper Country by Orrin W. Robinson
Early Days of the Lake Superior Copper Country by Orrin W. Robinson
Published by his children in 1938, this small book relates stories from Orrin Robinson, who recounts early copper mining efforts in Northern Michigan off Lake Superior, including tribulations like famine, cold and adverse geographical conditions. First arriving in the Copper Country in 1854 at the age of 20, Orrin Robinson spent many years in Michigan. Here he worked first in mining, then lumbering and eventually as a politician serving as a state legislator and for two terms as Lieutenant Governor of Michigan. He died in 1907. From the preface: "The matter here published was set down at various times in response to requests for anecdotes and recollections of the early days of the mining and lumber interests in the Upper Peninsula. Some of the articles were written for newspaper publication, others to be read at meetings. Without attempting a complete historical record, Mr. Robinson has nevertheless preserved, in these articles, many of the most interesting facts about the region where he spent most of his busy life. "