National Historical Park
1992: National Historical Park
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteCopper has been mined here on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan for over 7,000 years. It was first the Native Americans who discovered the rich copper ore, and fashioned it into jewelry and tools and trade items. When Europeans arrived, they quickly realized the importance of the area, and copper mining boomed. From the 1840's to 1968, more than 11 billion pounds of copper was shipped from the Peninsula. This Copper Country accounts for about 80% of all the copper found in the world today. Whoa! I didn't know that!
What You're Going to SeeThe three areas Congress was most concerned with are the Village of Calumet, the former Calumet & Hecla (C & H) Mining Company's properties, and the former Quincy Mining Company properties. Cooperating sites stretch along a 100-mile run of the Peninsula. They include: the A.E. Seamen Mineral Museum, the Calumet Theatre, the Copper Range Historical Museum, the Coppertown USA Museum, the Delaware Mine, the Fort Wilkins State Park, the Hanka Homestead, the Houghton County Historical Museum, the Keweenaw County Historical Society, the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's, the Laurium Manor Inn, McLain State Park, Old Victoria, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Quincy Mine Hoist and Underground Mine, and the Upper Peninsula Fire Fighters Memorial Museum.
Personal ObservationsNot yet, but someday ...
Getting ThereVisitor Information Desk in Hancock, Michigan -- From Grand Rapids, take US 131 north for 66 miles to Reed City and the US 10 junction. Take US 10 east for 40 miles to the junction with US 127. Take US 127 north for 49 miles until it merges with I-75. Continue north on I-75 for 90 miles to the toll bridge. After the 5-mile bridge, go west on US 2 for 66 miles to Blaney Park. Take highway 77 north for 17 miles to Seney. Take highway 28 west for 80 miles to Marquette. Take US 41 west for 53 miles to the merger with US 141, and continue north on US 41 for 57 miles to Houghton. Go through Houghton, and keep on US 41 across the bridge. It'll take you right into Hancock. Continue on for about three miles, and the Quincy Mine Hoist Visitor Information Center is between Sing-Sing Rd. and First Av., at 49750 U.S. Highway 41.
Nearby AttractionsTo the east is Isle Royale National Park, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and Grand Portage National Monument.