Mill: Champion Mill, Freda, MI


Began → Champion  Mill → Became

From: 1899.

Owned by: Champion Mining Co.

Produced: Refined Copper Ore

Method: Stamp mill.

Railroad connection: COPR

Stamp Mill/Smelter:

Until: 1967

Lifetime Production: 


Refined copper from this mill was transported to the Michigan Smelter located at Cole's Creek west of Houghton (near the old Atlantic Mill).


Mining Railway Being Removed. The rails of the Copper Range branch line between Mill Mine Junction and Freda, a milling town are being removed.  Freda once was the location of the Champion Copper Mill, which crushed all Champion Mine rock for more than half a century. The Copper Range Railroad is a subsidiary of the Copper Range Co., which owns the White Pine Mines in Ontonagon County. [Escanaba Daily News, September 4, 1971]

The Champion Mill was constructed on Lake Superior in Freda in 1902. It processed copper ore from the Champion Mine.