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Historic Sites

 

Historic Sites

The Bammert Blacksmith Shop Museum, M 26, Phoenix, MI 49950, Phone: (906) 289-4990.  Blacksmith shop active in the early 1900's. In addition to shoeing horses, blacksmiths could repair and make almost anything made of metal. Buggies, sleighs and wagon wheels were built in this shop. Many of the tools of the blacksmith trade, including the forge, were left undisturbed in the building when the business was closed. Open mid-June to early October.

Bishop Baraga Shrine, Gift & Pasty Shops, HCR 2 Box 891, L’Anse, Michigan 49946, Phone:  (906) 524-7021

Calumet Theatre, 340 Sixth Street, PO Box 167, Calumet, MI 49913, Phone: (906) 337-2610.  We have been in continuous operation since 1900 and have hosted many artists including: Sarah Bernhardt, John Phillip Sousa, Maude Adams, Edwin Booth, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Lillian Russell, among others. The theatre hosts 70 to 80 shows a year and is open to guided tours from June to October. Step backstage and see Sarah Bernhardt's dressing room.

Central Mine Historic District, US 41,  Central, MI 49950, Phone: (906) 289-4990. Take a self guided walking tour of the historic mining town of Central, sponsored by the Keweenaw County Historic Society. Maps are available at the visitor's center.

Church of the Assumption, US 41, Phoenix, MI 49950, Phone: (906) 289-4990. Built in 1858 to serve the Catholic residents in the mining community of Cliff. The church was dismantled and reassembled in Phoenix in 1899. Masses were held until 1957. In 1985 the Keweenaw County Historical Society took over the property and began extensive repair and restoration work. The Church now appears much as it did when folks from another century knelt in prayer. Still used for weddings and memorial services. Open mid-May to late October.

Deleware Copper Mine, US-41, Copper Harbor, MI 49918, Phone: (906) 289-4688 - Located 12 miles south of Copper Harbor, the Delaware Copper Mine dates from 1847-1887. Eight million pounds of copper were removed from the five shafts that reached a depth of 1400 feet with 10 levels. The tour takes you down shaft No. 1 to the first level. You'll see pure veins of copper exposed in the walls of the mine. Model train, rock & mineral and mining displays, antique engines, petting zoo, walking trails. Museum and gift shop at the mine site. Open daily June thru October.

Eagle Harbor Schoolhouse, Third and Center Streets, Eagle Harbor, MI 49950.  Extensively restored one-room school within view of Lake Superior. Site where Justus H. Rathbone wrote the ritual for the international organization, Knight of Pythias. Nearby granite monument in honor of Mr. Rathbone. Open mid-June to early October.

Father Marquette National Memorial - Outdoor memorial honors explorer and Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette, one of the first Europeans to map the Mississippi River

Fayette Historic Townsite, 13700 13.25 Lane, Located in Fayette Historic State Park, Garden, MI 49835, Phone: (906) 644-2603.  Features a restored iron smelting company town (1867-1891). Once a bustling industrial community, Fayette offers visitors the unmatched serenity of a Lake Michigan harbor, white cliffs and verdant forests. This well-preserved museum village recalls another time when it was a noisy, dirty company town with an immigrant population that shared daily hardships, joys and sorrows. Three miles of shoreline on Big Bay De Noc. Park amenities include: sixty-one semi-modern campsites, boat camping, fully furnished, cottage that sleeps up to 10 people, picnicking, beach, playground, fishing, and boat launch. Five miles of hiking trails overlooking town from limestone cliffs. Groomed for cross-country skiing, perfect for the beginner.

Finlandia University, 601 Quincy St., Hancock, MI 49930, Phone: (906) 487-7348. Hello and welcome to the Copper Country! Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan, is a baccalaureate degree-granting, co-educational learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth and service. Founded in 1896 as Suomi College, Finlandia is one of 28 U.S. colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the only private, not-for-profit institution of higher education in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is the only university in North America founded by Finnish immigrants.

Fort Wilkins - Built in 1844 to protect newly established copper mining industry from Indian raids.  Costumed guides interpret daily routine of military men and families.  Exhibits explore early history of copper mining

Fort Mackinac, Huron Road & Fort Street, PO Box 370, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, Phone: (906) 436-4100.  Shoulder your rifle, grab a bite, fire the cannon, hear the pipes when you spend the afternoon at Fort Mackinac. Come stroll through Michigan's oldest buildings, the 1780 Officer's Stone Quarters, playing dress up in the discovery room, the 200 year old fortress has something for everyone. May through October.

Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, US-41 East PO Box 71, Copper Harbor, MI 49918, Phone: (906) 289-4215.  Fort Wilkins, a restored mid nineteenth century military outpost and lighthouse museum on the rugged shores of Lake Superior. A mini-cabin and two modern campgrounds located on Lake Fanny Hooe with 160 sites. A picnic shelter and playground are in the picnic area and there is a boat launch on Lake Fanny Hooe. Two miles of hiking/biking trails. One mile of groomed cross-country ski trail. Snowshoeing.

Holy Redeemer Church, 5th & South Streets, Eagle Harbor, MI 49950, Phone: (906) 337-4579.  The oldest Catholic church in the U.P. Built in 1852, it is still in use today as a memorial to Frederic Baraga and his labors.

Iron Mountain Iron Mine,  9 miles east of Iron Mountain on Hwy U.S. 2, Vulcan, MI 49892,
Phone: (906) 563-8077. Guided tour of underground tunnels to view geological formations and mining demonstrations.  Exhibits include working machinery.

Keweenaw National Historical Park, 200 Fifth Street, 2nd floor, PO Box 471, Calumet, MI 49913, Phone: (906) 337-3168.  This park commemorates the heritage of Copper Mining on the Keweenaw Peninsula and it's mines. Its machinery and its people, using existing cooperating sites located throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Norwegian Lutheran Church, 338 7th Street, Calumet, MI 49913, Phone: (906) 337-3731.  Currently under restoration, the Norwegian Lutheran Church of Calumet was established as a congregation in 1871 and constructed in 1898. It served an immigrant population from Norway, as well as other European countries, that had come to work in the region's copper mines. The church is open to the public daily from 9 am to 6 pm from June to early October.

Pelkie Historical School House, 15009 Pelkie Road, Pelkie, MI 49958, Phone: (906) 353-7353.  Features a one room school house and an antique horse drawn school bus. Sponsored by the Sturgeon Valley Historical Society.

Quincy Mine Hoist, 49750 US Hwy 41, Hancock, MI 49930, Phone: (906) 482-3101,  The Quincy Mine is located in the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Mining operations have been closed for many years, but the site is preserved as a cooperating site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. We offer two options for touring the Quincy Mine Site. On both our Surface Tour and our Full Tour, you will tour the Museum(located in the 1894 No. 2 Hoist Building), the inside of the No. 2 Shaft House (which was built in 1908 to streamline processing of material brought up from the deep mine shaft), the Norderg Steam Hoist building (built in 1918, it houses the Nordberg Steam Hoist, the world's largest steam-powered hoist engine which made it possible to extend the No. 2 Mine Shaft 92 levels underground!), and you'll ride the Cog Rail Tram, which takes you down the steep hill that overlooks the Portage Lake Lift Bridge to the East Adit (mine entrance). On our full tour, you'll get off the tram car and ride by tractor-pulled wagon seven levels underground into the mine. You can wrap up your Quincy Mine Tour by stopping by our Gift Shop where you'll find items such as mining-related books, videos, copper gift items & jewelry, clothing, artwork by local artisans, plus many other mine-related souvenirs! We sometimes have limited hours in the winter holiday season, so call ahead for exact times.

Saint Paul The Apostle Church, 301 Eight Street, Calumet, MI 49913, Phone: (906)  377-2044.  Large stone church with two spires, dedicated in 1908, quality mural apse, large stained-glass windows, statues and windows appropriate to miners and Slovenians. Catholic religious services held there since dedication. Tour guides available late June through September

Shute's Bar, 322 Sixth Street, Calumet, MI 49913, Phone: (906) 337-1998.  Built in 1895 during the Copper Mining boom years, Shute's Bar features elaborate classical derived platter ceilings,a Handsome wooden bar and back of bar from which is suspended the original stained glass canopy. Shute's is Michigan's oldest known original Tavern.

Siphon Bridge - Bridge partially supported by water atmospherically forced underneath.  Roadway four foot below water level.  Built in 1919.

Soo Locks - Built in 1855 to bypass rapids blocking entrance to Lake Superior.  Busiest locking system in the world.  Visitor Center and observation platform

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