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The Montreal Company builds an industrial community

Montreal Company Location Historic District


The Montreal Company Location Historic District is a national example of industrial community planning. It also reflects the employee housing policy of the Montreal Mining Company. Mining activity began in the Lake Superior region in the early 1840s with the discoveries of copper and iron ore. Establishment of this industry spurred settlement in the Gogebic Range. Originally, miners settled around the mining shaft and constructed homes on land leased from the mining company. Streets were placed randomly and houses faced in various directions. Between 1907 and 1917 the company abandoned the informal housing policy and initiated a program of company-owned rental housing. In order to attract and retain laborers, in 1918, 50 pre-cut Aladdin bungalows were built. The Aladdin Company of Bay City, Michigan was one of America's leading distributors of pre-cut houses.

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Related Topics: Mining, Logging, and Agriculture
Mining in Northern Wisconsin
Creator: Various
Pub Data: Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places.
Citation: Montreal Company Location Historic District. Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1425; Visited on: 4/23/2014
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