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Copper Mining in Calumet The Artist & Mural

Calumet, Michigan, was, and continues to be, the heart of the Copper Country in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. This vicinity was the industrial core of our nation's first metal-mining boom. Most visitors to Calumet are unaware of a beautiful mural that can easily be viewed in the local post office lobby on Sixth Street. The original mural is titled Copper Mining in Calumet and is by Joseph A. Lasker, who did the oil painting in 1941. It is approximately 14 feet wide by 5 feet high and covers the upper section of an end wall in the lobby. The large painting is a composite of miners at their labors; they are shown digging and hauling the copper ore that was so abundant at one time in the Calumet area. The heavily drawn, rounded figures complement the earthy colors used for their clothing.

Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.

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