Keweenaw National Historic Park

Keweenaw National Historic Park

Suggested Itineraries     22 Heritage Sites     Junior Ranger Program

From 7,000 years ago to the 1900s people mined Keweenaw copper. Native peoples made copper into tools and trade items. Investors and immigrants arrived in the 1800s in a great mineral rush, developing thriving industries and cosmopolitan communities. Though the mines have since closed, their mark is still visible on the land and people.

The Keweenaw National Historic Park (KNHP), in conjunction with 22 Heritage Sites, commemorates the heritage of copper mining on the Keweenaw Peninsula – its mines, its machinery, and its people. Being your exploration by visiting the KNHP Visitor Center in Calumet.

A group tour of a museum in the Keweenaw

Keweenaw Heritage Sites

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. All 22 sites provide a variety of experiences for visitors to choose from. Whether it’s climbing mountain peaks or strolling along Lake Superior shores; exploring dark, underground mines or walking through quaint historic villages; discovering the past at local museums or biking past beautiful fall foliage; the scenery and history of the Copper Country is both sublime and captivating. Journey here today and step back in time to when copper was king.

Junior Ranger Program

The KNHP also offers the Junior Ranger Program for kids 8 years and older.  Visitors can pick up the book at the Visitor Center, requested by mail or downloaded. Once completed, a ranger will review the book and award a badge and sticker to the park’s newest Junior Ranger! 

 

Ranger leads a group tour at the Keweenaw National Historic Park

Suggested Trip Itineraries

Visitors can spend weeks touring the Keweenaw’s heritage sites. But for those travelers with a bit less time (or just need some suggestions), KNHP staff have developed several itineraries to make the most of your visit. 

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15223 US Highway 41
Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

Phone: (906) 289-4215
Region: Copper Harbor
Website

Built in 1844 on the rugged shore of Lake Superior, Fort Wilkins is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century army life on the northern frontier. 19 buildings survive, 12 of them original structure
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25815 Red Jacket Road
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-4354
E-Mail Address: info@KeweenawHeritageSites.org
Region: Calumet
Website

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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25725 Scott Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-2410
E-Mail Address: heritage@pasty.com
Region: Calumet
Website

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
Website

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
Website

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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105 Huron Street
Houghton, MI 49931 US

Phone: (906) 482-7140
E-Mail Address: history@cityofhoughton.com
Region: Houghton
Website

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) 487-2572
E-Mail Address: tjb@mtu.edu
Region: Houghton
Website

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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44 Trimountain Ave
South Range, MI 49963 US

Phone: (906) 487-9412
E-Mail Address: johnandjeanp@chartermi.net
Region: Houghton
Website

Museum which focuses on the history of the Range towns in southern Houghton County, during the copper mining era of the Copper Range Mining Company.
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7804 Delaware Mine Rd
Delaware, MI 49950 US

Phone: (906) 289-4688
E-Mail Address: delminetourupmi@aol.com
Region: Eagle Harbor
Website

A unique combination of entertainment and education, the Delaware is the Keweenaw's oldest attraction!
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42373 Hancock Street
Chassell, MI 49916 US

Phone: (906) 523-1155
Region: Chassell
Website

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
Website

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
Website

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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M-26
Eagle River, MI 49950 US

Region: Eagle River
Website

Donated to the Society in 1998 by the grandsons of blacksmith Amos Bammert, the shop was built in the 1880s at the Cliff Mine location and moved to Phoenix in about 1906. Amos, born in 1863, opera ...
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435 Quincy Street
Hancock, MI 49930 US

Phone: (906) 487-7437
E-Mail Address: editor@finnishamericanreporter.com
Region: Hancock
Website

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
E-Mail Address: glenda@quincymine.com
Region: Hancock
Website

A National Historic Landmark District, the Quincy Mine Tours feature the worlds largest steam hoist, the #2 shafthouse, and underground mine tours. A Heritage Site of th ...
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200 Adventure Ave
Greenland, MI 49929 US

Phone: (906) 883-3371
Website

As authentic as it gets...
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Gay, MI 49950 US

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The Historic School at Gay is open Wednesday and Saturday June to mid-October. There is no admission fee for this museu
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A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

1404 E. Sharon Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931
United States
Phone: (906) 487-2572
Region: Houghton
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 More

Adventure Mine

200 Adventure Ave
Greenland, MI 49929
United States
Phone: (906) 883-3371
As authentic as it gets... More

Bammert Blacksmith Shop

M-26
Eagle River, MI 49950
United States
Region: Eagle River
Donated to the Society in 1998 by the grandsons of blacksmith Amos Bammert, the shop was built in the 1880s at the Cliff Mine location and moved to Phoenix in about 1906. Amos, born in 1863, opera ... More

Calumet Theatre

340 Sixth Street
Calumet, MI 49913
United States
Phone: (906) 337-2610 (906) 337-2166
Region: Calumet
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 ... More

Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw

105 Huron Street
Houghton, MI 49931
United States
Phone: (906) 482-7140
Region: Houghton
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 ... More

Chassell Heritage Center

42373 Hancock Street
Chassell, MI 49916
United States
Phone: (906) 523-1155
Region: Chassell
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 ... More

Copper Country Firefighter's Memorial Museum

327 Sixth Street
Calumet, MI 49913
United States
Phone: (906) 337-4579
Region: Calumet
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 ... More

Copper Range Historical Museum

44 Trimountain Ave
South Range, MI 49963
United States
Phone: (906) 487-9412
Region: Houghton
Museum which focuses on the history of the Range towns in southern Houghton County, during the copper mining era of the Copper Range Mining Company. More

Coppertown USA Mining Museum & Gift Shop

25815 Red Jacket Road
Calumet, MI 49913
United States
Phone: (906) 337-4354
Region: Calumet
The Mining Museum is merely an introduction to the fascinating story of the Copper Country and Americas first real mining boom. More

Delaware Copper Mine Tours

7804 Delaware Mine Rd
Delaware, MI 49950
United States
Phone: (906) 289-4688
Region: Eagle Harbor
A unique combination of entertainment and education, the Delaware is the Keweenaw's oldest attraction! More

Finnish American Heritage Center

435 Quincy Street
Hancock, MI 49930
United States
Phone: (906) 487-7437
Region: Hancock
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 ... More

Fort Wilkins State Historic Park

15223 US Highway 41
Copper Harbor, MI 49918
United States
Phone: (906) 289-4215
Region: Copper Harbor
Built in 1844 on the rugged shore of Lake Superior, Fort Wilkins is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century army life on the northern frontier. 19 buildings survive, 12 of them original structure More

Historic School at Gay

Gay, MI 49950
United States
The Historic School at Gay is open Wednesday and Saturday June to mid-October. There is no admission fee for this museu More

Houghton County Historical Museum Complex

53150 Hwy M-26
Lake Linden, MI 49945
United States
Phone: (906) 296-4121
Region: Lake Linden
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 ... More

Keweenaw Heritage Center

25725 Scott Street
Calumet, MI 49913
United States
Phone: (906) 337-2410
Region: Calumet
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 ... More

Laurium Manor Inn Mansion Tours

320 Tamarack Street
Laurium, MI 49913
United States
Phone: (906) 337-2549
Region: Laurium
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 ... More

Quincy Steam Hoist, Shafthouse & Underground Mine Tour

49750 US-41
Hancock, MI 49930
United States
Phone: (906) 482-3101
Region: Hancock
A National Historic Landmark District, the Quincy Mine Tours feature the worlds largest steam hoist, the #2 shafthouse, and underground mine tours. A Heritage Site of th ... More

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