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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Calumet Theatre

340 Sixth Street
Calumet, MI 49913
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
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
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
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
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
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

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