Houghton Co. Mining Inspector Reports
Michigan counties had a county appointed Mine Inspector. Part of their duties
were to tour the mines and report annually the accidents and deaths that
occurred. These were generally published yearly and cover October 1st to
September 30th of the next year. Mining reports exist for the years 1889 - 1971.
The beginning years are online.
There is an index at the beginning of each book to all the deaths that include
the person's name, date of accident, mine, occupation and nationality. There is
also a report of the accidents that happened that include the date, mine, names
of those involved, a description of the accident and rulings from the court
which had a jury involved in the later pages of the books.
Other links of interest about mining in Michigan and records online:
Calumet and Hecla Employment
Records Database - The Ross Collection of the Cornish to Michigan
Mining in Michigan - by the Michigan Historical Center
Records at the Archives of Michigan