Craig J. Hansen

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Single Release: Saginaw Mine

Photo of Tholeiitic Basalts by James St. John, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I like writing songs about historical events and places, particularly around where I live in Minnesota. Way out in Lake Superior stands Isle Royale, now a national park. Native people mined copper there since 3000 BCE. Much more recently, white settlers created mines, one of them being the Saginaw mine. It did not last long, as conditions were hard, and so was the basaltic rock. So many people have tried their hand at mining for so many things in so many places. Almost none of them find the wealth they sought. Anyway, I set out to write a bluegrass song, but it sort of came out as a more traditional folk song, with a bit of swing.

The song is available on all streaming services, and if you do not have a music service, you can access the song on YouTube:
If you would like to check out the lyrics: