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  • Copper Country Trail
    The Copper Country Trail is a National Scenic Byway and Michigan Heritage Route that follows the path of our prehistoric ancestors, captures the story of immigration in America, and tells of fabulous riches won and lost. Copper mines, ghost towns, rare flora and historic and cultural icons are readily found in this region of unique geologic history that is home to the Keweenaw National Historic Park. For specific information and driving tours, please visit the website. Trail begins at the Portage Lift Bridge between Houghton & Hancock and travels north approximately 47 miles along US-41 to Copper Harbor. Best time to visit is late summer or early fall (color season), but there is plenty to see and do year-round in the Keweenaw.
  • Calumet Art Center
    Built in 1893 and dedicated in 1894, the First Presbyterian Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church now houses the Calumet Art Center, a non-profit group created to house a safe learning environment where art, culture, and history inspire and challenge people of the Keweenaw. The center offers a full schedule of classes and events. Open year round. 57055 Fifth StreetCalumet, MI 49913Phone: 906-281-3494 Email: info@calumetartcenter.com
  • Calumet Theatre
    When its doors opened in 1900, the Calumet Opera House became one of the finest municipal theatres in America. Many famous traveling drama companies and musicians, from Madame Helena Modjeska to John Phillip Sousa, have performed here. The theatre still presents a variety of theatre, music, opera and dance throughout the year. A Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Open year round Wednesday to Friday, noon to 5 pm. Additional days and hours in summer (Guided tours Monday through Friday summer only). Self-guided tours year round. 340 Sixth StreetCalumet, MI 49913Phone: 906-337-2610, 906-337-2166 Email: calumettheatre@calumettheatre.com
  • Coppertown USA Mining Museum
    The Mining Museum is merely an introduction to the fascinating story of the Copper Country and America's first real mining boom.  Since your museum visit will involve a 13 minute video followed by a self-guided tour, please allow at least 45 minutes. A Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Gift shop on premises. Open early June - late September, Monday to Saturday 11 am to 5 pm. 25815 Red Jacket RoadCalumet, MI 49913Phone: 906-337-4354
  • Italian Hall Memorial Park
    This was the sight of a disaster on Christmas Eve, 1913. Seventy-three people, over half of whom were children, suffocated while attempting to escape from a false-fire alarm during a bitter strike that idled 15,000 workers in the Copper Country. This park is dedicated to the memory of those who perished here.  (NPS photo, KNHP-Dan Johnson) 401 Seventh StreetCalumet, MI 49913
  • Keweenaw Heritage Center
    Housed in the historic St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, the Heritage Center works to preserve and interpret the culture and heritage of the Copper Country through exhibits, educational programs and the rehabilitation of a National Historic Landmark structure. Donations appreciated. A Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Open daily 1 pm to 4:30 pm from July 1 to August 31. Corner of Scott & Fifth StreetsCalumet, MI 49913
  • Keweeenaw National Historical Park Calumet Visitor Center
    Keweenaw National Historical Park operates the Calumet Visitor Center at the Union Building in downtown Calumet, MI.  This visitor center is open year round with a shorter schedule of operation in the winter months.  Here you will find three floors of exhibits, media and photos to explore. 98 Fifth StreetCalumet, MI 49913(906) 483-3176 
  • Norwegian Lutheran Church
    Currently under restoration, the church was constructed in 1898 to serve an immigrant population that had come to work in the region's copper mines. Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm from June to early October. Corner of Elm & 7th StreetsCalumet, MI 49913
  • St. Paul the Apostle Church
    Built in 1902, this impressive twin-spire structure features the original beautiful windows, paintings and altar work.Tour guides available from noon - 3 pm July thru September. Open late June to early October from noon to 3 pm Monday through Friday. 301 Eighth StreetCalumet, MI 49913
  • Copper Country Firefighter's Memorial Museum
    Housed in the historic Red Jacket Fire Station, this museum features memorabilia and exhibits spanning almost a century of firefighting history.  A Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park.  (National Park Photo/KNHP Dan Johnson) Open mid-June through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday noon to 4 pm. 327 Sixth StreetCalumet, MI 49913
  • Central Mine Residential Site
    Now a part of the Keweenaw County Historical Society, Central was a mining village of over 1200 people from 1854 to 1898.  Many of the residence exteriors have been restored and a visitors center provides interpretive exhibits about Central. Self-guided walking tour maps are available at the Visitor Center. The site is open year round. Please respect the privacy of dwelling occupants. The Visitor Center is open early June to mid-October from 10 am to 5 pm. US-41, CentralMohawk, MI 49950Phone: 906-289-4990
  • Chassell Heritage Center
    The Chassell Heritage Center houses the Chassell Township Museum, Friends of Fashion Vintage Clothing Collection and a performace and convocation area. A Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Special presentations every summer Thursday from 7 - 8 pm. Open Tuesdays from 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursdays from 4 pm to 9 pm in July & August. 42373 Hancock StreetP. O. Box 331Chassell, MI 49916Phone: 906-523-1155
  • Astor House Museum
    A very large collection of antique dolls, toys and Indian artifacts. Other local collections include rock & mineral specimens, mining memorabilia, shipwreck items, bottles & insulators, tools & lanterns. Antique & gift shop on premises. Open daily June through mid-October from 9 am to 6 pm. 562 Gratiot Streetat the Minnetonka ResortCopper Harbor, MI 49918Phone: 906-289-4449 Email: minnetonk@aol.com
  • Ft. Wilkins Historic Site
    Built in 1844 on the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior, Ft Wilkins is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century army life on the northern frontier. Today, through exhibits, audio-visual programs and living history interpretation, visitors may explore the daily routine of military service & experience with soldiers' families the hardships of frontier isolation. A Michigan Recreation Passport is required for entrance. A Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Living History Program runs daily 9:30 am to 5 pm in July & August. Weekly Evening Programs. Civil War Encampment in August. The fort is open from 8 am to dusk daily, mid-May to mid-October. US-41Copper Harbor, MI 49918Phone: 906-289-4219
  • Lore of the Lakes Maritime Museum
    The story of the Great Lakes with interactive displays. Open June - September. 783 Gratiot StreetCopper Harbor, MI 49918Phone: 906-289-4564
  • Our Lady of the Pines Church
     A unique, secluded church made entirely of pine logs. The candlesticks & baptismal font are handcreafted from local pine.  Services in summer. Open daily from mid-June through September. First StreetCopper Harbor, MI 49918
  • Delaware Copper Mine
    Operating from 1847 until 1887, this authentic, historic mine offers a walking tour that takes you 100 feet below ground to explore one of the earliest mines to operate during the country's first major mining boom. You'll see pure veins of copper exposed in the walls of the mine, along with other geological interests. A Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Antique engine display, indoor & outdoor train displays, mining equipment displays, walking trails & picnic facilities, including an underground picnic area. Gift shop. Open mid-May to mid-October. Self-guided tours daily 10 am to 5 pm in May, June, September & October; 10 am to 6 pm in July & August. 7804 Delaware Mine RoadDelaware, MI 49950Phone: 906-289-4688, Fax 906-289-4688 Email: info@delawarecopperminetours.com
  • Eagle Harbor Life-Saving Station Museum
    Historic rescue boats and life-saving equipment and exhibits on personnel and shipwrecks.  Part of the Keweenaw County Historic Society Museum Complex. Open daily early June through mid October. 9282 Marina RoadEagle Harbor, MI 49950Phone: 906-289-4990
  • Eagle Harbor Light Station Museum Complex
    Besides the lighthouse, the complex includes a Maritime Museum in the old fog signal building, a Keweenaw History Museum located in the old U. S. Coast Guard Station garage, and the Commercial Fishing Museum located in one of the assistant keepers buildings.  Open daily noon - 5 pm in June & September, 10 am - 5 pm July & August. 670 Lighthouse RoadEagle Harbor, MI 49950Phone: 906-289-4990
  • Holy Redeemer Church
    This is the oldest Catholic church in the Upper Peninsula. It was built in 1852 under the direction of Father Frederic Baraga and is still in use today as a memorial to him. Services are held in summer. Open daily mid-June through September. Fifth StreetEagle Harbor, MI 49950
  • Rathbone Schoolhouse
    Part of the Keweenaw County Historic Society Museum complex, this one room school served the community of Eagle Harbor from 1853 to 1972.  It was in this building that Justus H. Rathbone conceived the idea for the ritual of the Knights of Pythias, a secret fraternal society which he founded.  Its interior is furnished as it was in its time as a school and includes Knights of Pythias exhibits. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm early June through mid-October. 5th & Centre StreetsEagle Harbor, MI 49950
  • Eagle River Museum
    The Keweenaw County Historic Society's Eagle River Museum showcases artifacts and pictures of the Cliff Mine, which operated from 1844-1870, Clifton, Eagle River, Phoenix and Crestview. All the copper from the Cliff was shipped from Eagle River. M-26at the Houghton Township HallEagle River, MI 49950
  • Finnish American Heritage Center
    The Finnish-American Heritage Center & Historical Archive, on the campus of Finlandia University, houses the Finnish-American historical archive, a museum, a theater, an art gallery, the Family History Center and the "Finnish American Reporter" newspaper. A Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Building and gallery open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. 435 Quincy StreetHancock, MI 49930Phone: 906-487-7437
  • Quincy Smelter
    Built in 1898, the Quincy Smelter is the only existing early 20th century copper smelter in the country.  Go through the massive buildings on the Portage Canal in the heart of Hancock and Houghton.  Our tours will show you through the smelter, seeing the machinery and furnaces that turned ore into copper ingots.  Rescued from oblivion in 2007, we are open from June through the fall color season.  Check the Keweenaw Visitor Bureau calendar for tour dates.  Located at 48991 Maple Street, Hancock Fore more information visit http://quincysmelterassociation.blogspot.com/
  • Quincy Steam Hoist, Shafthouse & Underground Mine Tour
    A National Historic Landmark District, the Quincy Mine Tours feature the world's largest steam hoist, the #2 shafthouse, scenic cog-rail tram rides and underground mine tours. A Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park.  Gift shop on premises. Open late April thru late October with seasonal hours.49750 US Highway 41Quincy HillHancock, MI 49930Phone: 906-482-3101
  • A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum
    The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is one of North America's finest mineral museums and the Official Mineral Museum of Michigan. Explore extensive mineral collections from the Keweenaw Copper District, the Lake Superior Iron District and minerals from all over the world. Large gift shop on site. Open July thru December, Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5pm; January thru April, Wednesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Michigan Tech University1404 E. Sharon AvenueHoughton, MI 49931Phone: 906-487-2572, Fax 487-3027Email: tjb@mtu.edu
  • Carnegie Cultural Museum
    Located in the former Carnegie Library in Houghton, this museum highlights the long, and rich, history of the Copper Country with historic photos and artifacts. Open year round Tuesday from noon to 7 pm, Thursday from noon to 5 pm and Saturdays from noon to 4 pm. Phone: 906-482-7140  
  • Kenner Ruohonen Memorial History Room
    Photographic historical displays of Houghton/Hancock history are displayed along with history of the birthplace of professional hockey in North America. Open year round Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm or by appointment. 700 E. Lakeshoe Driveat Dee StadiumHoughton, MI 49931Phone: 906-482-7760
  • Houghton County Historical Museum Complex
    This 15 acre campus on the old Calumet & Hecla millsite along the shore of Torch Lake houses the Houghton County Historical Museum and the Copper Country Railroad Heritage Center. The campus also features the Traprock Valley One-room Schoolhouse, the Mineral Range Depot, a historic WPA-constructed log cabin and rides behind Old #3, a Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad steam locomotive.  Admission fee.  A Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Gift shop on premises. Off season tours and field trips can be arranged.  Open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 4 pm, mid-June thru September.  Train rides on weekends only. 53150 Highway M-26Lake Linden, MI 49945Phone: 906-296-4121
  • George Gipp Memorial
    George Gipp, Notre Dame's first All-American football player, was born in Laurium in 1895.  He died at the age of 25 after a 4-year, 32 game collegiate career in which he scored 83 touchdowns.  His deathbed "Win one for the Gipper" speech was made famous by Ronald Reagan in "The Knute Rockne Story".  George's home is featured in the Laurium Historic District Tour. The George Gipp Memorial Park was dedicated on August 3, 1935 and rebuilt in the late 1990's.  George is buried in the local Lakeview Cemetery on M-203 west of Calumet in Section 20, Lot 70. Lake Linden Avenue & Tamarack StreetLaurium, MI 49913
  • Laurium Manor Inn Mansion Tours
    This 13,000 square foot, 45 room ante-bellum mansion was built in 1908 for a wealthy copper mine owner at a cost of $50,000. $35,000 in decorations and furnishings were then added. On the tour you will see silver leaf covered ceilings, embossed and gilded elephant leather wall coverings, stained glass, the grand triple staircase, the wall size built-in icebox made of marble, oak and tile, a panoramic landscape mural and more. The Laurium Manor will leave you with an unforgettable glimpse of the wealth that was common in the Copper Country in the early 1900's. A Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Self-guided tours are available daily from 11 am to 5 pm May through October. Call ahead during the off season. 320 Tamarack StreetLaurium, MI 49913906-337-2549info@Laurium.info 
  • Laurium National Register Historic District
    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 31, 2005, the Laurium district encompasses roughly 2872 acres of industrial, social and architectural history. Founded in 1887, the Village of Laurium grew to satisfy the demand for housing that neither the nearby Village of Red Jacket or the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company could adequately supply. The village was a part of the development of the Calumet conglomerate lode, the most important development in U.S. copper mining in the mid-nineteenth century. It was home to mine workers and mine owners, but also doctors, shopkeepers, barbers, bakers and laundresses and all the others needed to sustain a community. Self-guided tour maps are available on the website or at the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau on US-41 in Calumet, the Laurium Village Hall at 310 Hecla Street and the Laurium Manor Inn at 320 Tamarack Street in Laurium.
  • Bammert Blacksmith
    This shop was built in the 1880's at the Cliff Mine location and moved to Phoenix in about 1906 where it operated until 1940.  Owner and blacksmith Amos Bammert built buggies, sleighs and wagon wheels here.  Many of his tools of the trade, including the forge, were left undisturbed when the building was closed.  The shop and equipment are exhibited as they were at the end of the nineteenth century. Open daily 10 am to 5 pm from early May to mid-October. M-26Phoenix, MI 49950Phone: 906-289-4990
  • Copper Range Historical Society Museum
    Housed in the former South Range State Bank Building, built in 1900, the museum preserves the historical heritage of the mines and surrounding communities. Open from noon to 3 pm Tuesday through Saturday in June, September & October and Monday through Saturday in July and August. 44 Trimountain AvenueMain StreetSouth Range, MI 49965Phone: 906-482-6125
  • Phoenix Church
    St. Mary's Church was built in 1858 in the mining community of Cliff.  In 1899 the church was dismantled and reassembled in Phoenix where it was renamed The Church of the Assumption.  Masses were held here until 1957.  The church now appears much as it did when folks from another century knelt in prayer, a fitting memorial to one chapter of Keweenaw's proud heritage. Although now deconsecrated, the church is still used for weddings and memorial services.  Open daily from 10 am to 8 pm early May to mid-October. US-41Phoenix, MI 49950Phone: 906-289-4990
  • Eagle River Museum
    The Keweenaw County Historical Society, The Keweenaw National Historical Park, and the community of Eagle River have worked together to develop The Eagle River Museum. The museum focuses on four major themes: The Cliff Mine; the town of Eagle River, the neighboring town and mine of Phoenix; and the amusement area known as Crestview which was located between Phoenix and Eagle River. The Eagle River Museum is housed in the old Eagle River School House building which now serves as the Houghton Township Community building, along M-26 near the historic waterfall and dam in town.  Open Mid May through Mid October

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