Calumet

Calumet

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Take a step back in time as you explore this once-booming copper mining town.

Here, history runs deep. As the epicenter of the historic 1900’s Keweenaw copper boom, Calumet has a rich past. But today, it’s known as the heart of the Keweenaw Peninsula thanks to its central location, easy access to trails, and a myriad of historical attractions. With a quaint downtown offering several gift shops, galleries, coffee houses, saloons, and more, take some time to discover Calumet.

Was Calumet Almost the Capitol of Michigan?

Once known as Red Jacket, you may hear a rumor circulated by locals that Calumet was almost the capitol of Michigan thanks to the vast wealth generated from the mines and the large and diverse population the riches attracted. While the rumor isn’t true, just walk the streets and you can almost feel the energy generated by tens of thousands of immigrants who traveled here to earn a better life. You won’t blame those who believe that rumor to be true.

Top 7 Calumet Attractions

Keweenaw National Historical Park Visitors Center

A trip to the Keweenaw National Historical Park Visitors Center equates to a half-day well spent. Explore the top-shelf museum’s three floors of exhibits detailing the Copper Country’s mining lore and its legacy that still shapes the Keweenaw today. From the geology that makes the area so unique to stories about the lives of the miners (including samples from police logs back in the day), it’s well worth your time. Don’t forget to check in with the local park rangers in the gift shop to learn about walking tours and programs.

Historic Calumet Theatre

This jewel box opera house stands as a living example of fantastic sandstone architecture and is still a great place to catch a show. If an evening of live music or theatre doesn’t fit in your itinerary you can always stop by during the summer months for a guided tour.

The Calumet Theatre is the oldest municipally-built and owned opera house in the country. Since its opening in 1900, at the peak of the copper boom, it has played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment, it became a movie house in the early days of movies then transitioned through years as a community theater and, finally, a venue for professional artistic performances.

Substantially restored, the Calumet Theatre offers guided and self tours of the historic building as well as performances by local, regional, and nationally known artists.

Swedetown Recreation Area

Travelers seeking some outdoor R&R should visit the Swedetown Recreation Area located minutes from downtown Calumet. Featuring 1,900 acres of rolling, wooded trails perfect for winter and summer silent sports. In summer and fall Swedetown more than 25 miles of purpose-built singletrack mountain bike trails. During the snow season, you’ll find over 35 kilometers of cross country ski trails groomed for skate and with tracks set for classic skiing, 10 kilometers perfect for fat-tire biking, and two trails made for backcountry snowshoeing. Be sure to stop by the Chalet for maps before heading out.

Man admires snowfall during a cross country ski outingCouple with dog fat-tire biking at SwedetownWoman snowshoeing with her dog at Swedetown Trails in Calumet

Laurium Manor Inn

While technically outside of Calumet, any history buff will want to take the time to visit this former copper baron’s 14,000 square-foot mansion located in the village of Laurium. Listed as one of the region’s heritage sites, the Laurium Manor Inn is now one of the Keweenaw’s most beloved B&Bs. Built in 1908 by Thomas Hoatson, then owner of Calumet & Arizona Mining Co., no expense was spared building this 45 room mansion. At a time when miners were making 25 cents per hour, this house was built at a cost of $50,000, and $35,000 of furnishings were added.

Large, white mansion in Laurium.

The Laurium Manor Inn was built in 1908 to display the region’s wealth and grandeur generated by the copper mining industry.

Calumet Art District

Located on 5th and 6th St. in Calumet’s historic downtown, the Calumet Arts District is home to a mix of art galleries displaying collections created by local artists and craftspersons. Enjoy an evening stroll the first Friday of each month, as the Calumet Arts District Galleries offer an open house to showcase new installations.

Shute’s Saloon

Some say Shute’s (pronounced Shoo-teez) Saloon is Michigan’s longest continually operated bar. We’re not going to argue with that claim’s accuracy. Located next to the Calumet Theatre for easy access pre/post-performance, you won’t find a more beautiful bar in the Midwest. Originally an Italian saloon called Curto’s, Shute’s still has the magnificent original back bar, booths, and all the trappings of boom-town saloons. Be sure to grab a drink and dream what it was like during the mining heyday of the early 1900s.

Two women at a bar in Calumet.

Shute’s Saloon is a local favorite next to the Calumet Theatre. It’s also Michigan’s oldest bar.

The Colosseum

Built in 1913, the Calumet Colosseum is considered the oldest operating continuous-use ice rink in North America and one of the oldest operating indoor hockey arenas in the world. Hockey afficionados will definitely want to make the pilgrimage to the arena which served as the host to the NHL’s Kraft Hockeyville in 2019 where the Red Wings beat up on the St. Louis Blues 4-1.

Festivals & Events

Calumet is host to several iconic Keweenaw events and festivals. If you need an excuse to visit, these events should do the trick:

  • CopperDog 150: It doesn’t get more “Keweenaw” than a sled dog race in March. This event features dog-powered teams and their mushers in a multi-day dash through the Keweenaw’s wilderness with downtown Calumet as their start- and endpoint. Participants race to Eagle Harbor, Copper Harbor and return to Calumet over the course of three days. Event details.
  • Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon: The Keweenaw’s premier cross country ski event, the Great Bear Chase attracts races from across the Midwest as they compete in meets ranging from 10 km to 50 km. Some come for the pasties…others for the top-notch trails when the rest of the Midwest is losing snow. Either way, it’s a must for anyone who loves the sport. Event details.
  • Pasty Fest: A celebration of the Keweenaw’s food staple. This summertime event has it all: parades, pasties, old-timey cars, street vendors, live music, and practically no mosquitos. What more can ask for?  Event details.
  • Great Dear Chase Mountain Bike Race: Copper Harbor isn’t the only place that’s serious about mountain-biking. Held during the peak of summer, the Great Deer Chase offers 10, 15, and 30-mile racecourses with the race start at the Swedetown Chalet. Event details.

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57055 Fifth Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 934-2228
E-Mail Address: info@calumetartcenter.com
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Our sales gallery features local and regional artists' work for sale. We offer adult and students classes in a variety of art forms year round. Studio and performance space available. Located in an
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107 Fifth St
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-0903
E-Mail Address: bausano@sbcglobal.net
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The Copper Countrys largest candy and fudge store! Located in downtown historical Calumet, we offer candies, foods and gifts in an old fashioned setting. Come by to browse and sample our coffee an ...
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340 Sixth Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-2610
(906) 337-2166
E-Mail Address: calumettheatre@calumettheatre.com
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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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26950 No. 4 Road
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-4730
E-Mail Address: info@centennialcottages.net
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Come and stay with us.....we are your home away from home. 10 new individual cottages in a wooded setting that each sleep up to 4 people. Each has a living room with satellite TV, kitchen with mic ...
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25880 Red Jacket Rd
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-2410
E-Mail Address: calumettownship@pasty.net
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We are proud of our community and heritage. Our friendly and caring community makes our quality of life second to none.
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56901 S. Sixth Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-0113
E-Mail Address: conspasties@yahoo.com
Region: Calumet

Try our award winning pasty!
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101 Fifth Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-4016
E-Mail Address: admin@calumetcopper.com
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Voted over 10 years in a row as one of Michigan's Premier Gift stores. Featuring Gifts of the Keweenaw in handcrafted copper, birdseye maple wood work, local jewelry, pottery and more. We also feature
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25815 Red Jacket Road
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-4354
E-Mail Address: info@KeweenawHeritageSites.org
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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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507 Oak Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-4520
E-Mail Address: info@crosscountrysports.com
Region: Calumet
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Cross Country Sports is a family-owned and operated cycling and ski shop in Michigans Keweenaw Peninsula. We are your experts for outdoor fun!
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57900 US-41
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-9905
E-Mail Address: info@thetrailsidelodge.com
Region: Calumet
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ATV/UTV and snowmobile rental facility located just north of Calumet.
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104 Fifth Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-5500
E-Mail Address: caferosetta@gmail.com
Region: Calumet
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Downtown Calumet's small batch bakery and coffee shop. Breakfast; crepes, breakfast bowl, french toast, housemade breads, skinny's Pete's sourdough. Lunch special:
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Off Five Mile Point Road
Allouez, MI 49805 US

Region: Calumet
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Conglomerate Falls, a Keweenaw Natural Areas site, has been expanded from the original 40 acres to 275 acres with 1.3 miles of the Gratiot River, including Conglomerate Falls (more of a mill-race
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318 Fifth Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-2188
E-Mail Address: calumetpizzaworks@yahoo.com
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Fresh, homemade pizza in the heart of historic downtown Calumet. Traditional hand tossed pizza, flavored crusts, and fresh dough made daily. Eat in, carry out or delivery. Open 7 days a week from ...
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618 Oak Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-4025
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We are a comfortable, relaxing southwestern grille located in historic Calumet, Michigan, that offers a unique dining experience. Whether you choose to dine inside or in our beautiful outdoor dini ...
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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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North End of Waterworks Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

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The park has a nature trail with pets welcome, is handicap accessible, and offers horseshoe pits, grills and picnic tables. Located at the north end of Waterworks Street off M-203 (Pine Street)in ...
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Lakeshore Drive
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Region: Calumet

This rocky coastline is a great place to look for Agates or take a short hike on Gardners Creek Trail. Basketball courts, playground, picnic areas, and a pavilion are all available.
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110 Red Jacket Road
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-2507
Region: Calumet

The Calumet Colosseum is the oldest still-in-use indoor ice arena in the world. Thats a claim were proud of, and when our opponents and their fans step foot in the building, theyll be reminded of ...
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North End of Waterworks Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

E-Mail Address: gplassila@gmail.com
Region: Calumet

A new 18-hole disc golf course located at Calumet Lions Park. Calumet Lions Park is located at the north end of Waterworks Street in Calumet Township, just outside of Calumet, MI.
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6th Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-6246
E-Mail Address: marketmanager@mainstreetcalumet.com
Region: Calumet
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Local farmers market that takes place on 6th Street in Downtown Calumet next to the historic Calumet Theatre every Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm, June through October. Check the event calendar fo ...
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5th & 6th Street Downtown
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (715) 600-2515
E-Mail Address: calumetartdistrict@gmail.com
Region: Calumet

Located on 5th and 6th st. in Calumets historic downtown, the Calumet Arts District is home to a wonderful mix of fine art galleries. On the first Friday of each month, Calumet Arts District Galle ...
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