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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 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 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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Discover the mineral heritage of the Keweenaw Peninsula native copper district & more at the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum. The museum showcases minerals from the Great Lakes region & around
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