State & National Parks

Copper Mining history

The Copper Mining history and heritage is documented in many area museums, visitor centers and literature. Quincy Mine Underground Mine Tours, Museum, Tram Ride, Gift Shop In 1843, six years before the California Gold Rush, prospectors came to the Keweenaw not for gold, but for copper. In 1848, the Quincy Mining Company was established  and became the second largest mine in the Lake Superior region by the late 1880’s. Today, visitors can explore a 2,400 foot section of the Quincy Mine at the seventh level to see what life was like for mine workers, and tour the 1918 Hoist house which contains the World’s Largest Steam hoist. The Quincy Mine was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989 and in 1992 became a partner with Keweenaw National Historical Park.

Keweenaw National Historical Park

Established in 1992 to preserve and interpret the story of the rise, domination and decline of the region’s copper mining industry. Keweenaw Heritage Sites were established to help make a unique contribution to the copper mining story. Embodying stories of hardship, ingenuity, struggle and success, each site allows you to explore the role mining played in people’s lives here and afar. Heritage sites operate independently of the National Park Service. Sites stretch along the length of the Keweenaw Peninsula, from Copper Harbor to south of Ontonagon.  The KNHP also offers the Junior Ranger Program for kids 8 years and older.  You can pick up the book at the visitor center or the KCVB office and once completed you can return it to the KNHP visitor center where a ranger will review the book and award a a badge and sticker. Visit our website at http://www.nps.gov/kewe/index.htm or call the Park Headquarters for more information. (906) 483-3176.

Isle Royale National Park

The Keweenaw is the gateway to Isle Royale National Park, located in the northwestern portion of Lake Superior, is a remote island archipelago, consisting of one large island surrounded by over 450 smaller islands. It is primarily a North Woods Wilderness and water based park. Visitors come to hike, backpack, boat, canoe, kayak, scuba dive, and fish. The island offers 165 miles of trails, 36 campgrounds, 51 miles of canoe routes, 10 major shipwrecks, and over 336 miles of scenic Lake Superior shoreline. The primary means of access to the park are via ferry from Houghton or Copper Harbor, or sea plane. For information, visit our website at https://www.nps.gov/isro/index.htm or call 906-482-0984.

 

 

Below you will find information on the sites that are in Houghton and Keweenaw counties.  For a complete list of sites for the Keweenaw National Historical Park go here.

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15223 US Highway 41
Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

Phone: (906) 289-4215
Region: Copper Harbor
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159 grass sites and 2 cabins on Lake Fanny Hooe. Open mid-May to mid-October. Built in 1844 on the rugged shore of Lake Superior, Fort Wilkins is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century arm ...
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25725 Scott Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-2410
E-Mail Address: heritage@pasty.com
Region: Calumet
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Housed in the historic St. Annes Roman Catholic Church, the Heritage Center works to preserve and interpret the culture and heritage of the Copper Country through exhibits, educational programs an ...
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327 Sixth Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-4579
E-Mail Address: coppercountryfirefighters@hotmail.com
Region: Calumet
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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 ...
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340 Sixth Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-2610
(906) 337-2166
E-Mail Address: calumettheatre@calumettheatre.com
Region: Calumet
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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 J ...
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25815 Red Jacket Road
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-4354
E-Mail Address: info@KeweenawHeritageSites.org
Region: Calumet
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The Mining Museum is merely an introduction to the fascinating story of the Copper Country and Americas first real mining boom.
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105 Huron Street
Houghton, MI 49931 US

Phone: (906) 482-7140
E-Mail Address: history@cityofhoughton.com
Region: Houghton
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The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw is open year-round and features changing exhibits and programs about the regions cultural and natural history, including interactive displays to engage all lear ...
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1404 E. Sharon Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931 US

Phone: (906) 487-2721
E-Mail Address: tjb@mtu.edu
Region: Houghton
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The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech showcases amazing minerals from the Great Lakes region and around the world. Experience the beauty and splendor of minerals at one of North America ...
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44 Trimountain Ave
South Range, MI 49963 US

Phone: (906) 482-6125
E-Mail Address: johnandjeanp@chartermi.net
Region: Houghton
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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 ...
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Central, MI 49950 US

Phone: (906) 289-4990
Region: Eagle Harbor
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Located just north of US-41 approximately 4 miles north of Phoenix. The community, now a part of the Keweenaw County Historic Society Museum Complex, was settled around the Central Mining Company ...
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7804 Deleware Mine Rd
Delaware, MI 49950 US

Phone: (906) 289-4688
E-Mail Address: delminetourupmi@aol.com
Region: Eagle Harbor
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A unique combination of entertainment and education, the Delaware is the Keweenaw's oldest attraction!
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Lighthouse Rd.
Eagle Harbor, MI 49950 US

Phone: (906) 289-4990
Region: Eagle Harbor
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Located at the west end of Eagle Harbor, the present brick structure was built in 1871. It is now a part of the Keweenaw County Historical Society's Light Station Museum Complex and is open to the pub
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42373 Hancock Street
Chassell, MI 49916 US

Phone: (906) 523-1155
Region: Chassell
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The Chassell Heritage Center houses the Chassell Township Museum, Friends of Fashion Vintage Clothing Collection and a performance and convocation area. A Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Hi ...
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53150 Hwy M-26
Lake Linden, MI 49945 US

Phone: (906) 296-4121
E-Mail Address: info@houghtonhistory.org
Region: Lake Linden
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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 f ...
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320 Tamarack Street
Laurium, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-2549
Region: Laurium
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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 ...
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435 Quincy Street
Hancock, MI 49930 US

Phone: (906) 487-7437
E-Mail Address: editor@finnishamericanreporter.com
Region: Hancock
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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 His ...
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49750 US-41
Hancock, MI 49930 US

Phone: (906) 482-3101
Region: Hancock
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A National Historic Landmark District, the Quincy Mine Tours feature the worlds largest steam hoist, the #2 shafthouse, scenic cog-rail tram rides and underground mine tours. A Heritage Site of th ...
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98 Fifth Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 483-3176
E-Mail Address: kewe_information@nps.gov
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This national park, in conjunction with 19 Heritage Sites, commemorates the heritage of copper mining on the Keweenaw Peninsula - its mines, its machinery and its people. The Calumet Visitors Cen ...
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Isle Royale, MI 49931 US

Phone: (906) 482-0984
E-Mail Address: ISRO-Ranger3Reserve@nps.gov
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One of Americas few island national parks offers over 165 miles of hiking trails with a variety of options for trip length and difficulty. A unique wilderness experience for visitors accessible on ...
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