Seldom Thoughts of the Barnes-Hecker
The Mineral Range crosses County Road CL on their way west to the Humbolt Mill. What very few people realize is just under the bridge and to the left is the hidden remains of the Barnes-Hecker mine. The Barnes-Hecker sadly holds the title of Michigans Worst Mining disaster. On November 3rd 1926, all but one of 52 workers in the mine were killed entombed forever here. A routine blast on the 1000' deep shaft sent a shockwave up to the surface through soft rock and sand to a nearby lake which in turn caused the mine to almost instantly fill with mud, sand and water. With in 15 minutes the water line had reached the 150' mark of the shaft. Only 10 men were recovered, Cleveland Cliffs after many futile attempts to recover the victims closed the mine for good on November 20th and permanently sealed it.