Upper Peninsula Copper Mines, Mining, Ghost Towns,
and some History

* This boulder of float copper, one of the largest on display at 9,392 pounds, can be seen by Highway US-41, in Calumet at the Keweenaw National Historic Park.

Caledonia Native Copper Mine Rock and Mineral Collecting near Ontonagon, Michigan for the rock collector or geologist. Collect samples of copper, silver, datolite, calcite, epodote, quartz, as well as a range of micro-minerals. Our knowledgeable staff will help with techniques and identification of finds in your private ore pile. Advanced reservation only  Evergreen Explorations. Phone: 517-518-4742

Copper Country Road Trips: Enjoy Keweenaw History From The Comfort Of Your Car, by Lawrence J. Molloy. Guide book for tours of mainly mining locations, sites and ruins plus other historical sites. Includes maps, pictures, historical information and precise directions. Published and printed by Great Lakes GeoScience, Hubbell, Michigan. Available at Gitche Gumee Landing, 202 Ontonagon St, Ontonagon, MI 59953. or by mail order. Phone 906-884-6618

Copper Mining History.

Fort Wilkins, Copper Harbor, Michigan Historic Michigan State Park. A 19th century military post with 19 restored buildings, slide programs, living history programs. Park Store. Book Store. Camping by Lake Fanny Hooe.

Ghost Towns of the Copper Mining Age

Ontonagon Boulder, Smithsonian. Originally found on the Ontonagon River near the Victoria Mine.

Old Victoria Restoration. Take a guided tour through the restored hand hewn log cabins that were built about 1899 to house the miners at the Victoria Copper Mine. Learn about the hardships of the early mining days in the Copper Country. Open Memorial Day through October 10th from 10:30 to 5:30 daily. Admission: Adults, $5.00, Children 5 - 12 years $2.00. Turn west at Rockland (Highway US-45, 14 miles south of Ontonagon) and go 4 miles on the Victoria Dam Road to Old Victoria.

Painesdale Champion Mine #4 Shaft House,

Painesdale Mine & Shaft, Inc., P.O. Box 332, Painesdale, MI 49955. One of the few remaining shaft houses left in the Upper Peninsula.

Efforts are being made to preserve and restore this unique structure and eventually open a museum.

The site of the old Champion Mine is located south of Houghton on Highway M-26 in Painesdale, MI and just south of the Painesdale - Chassell Road.

Prehistoric Copper Miners, 5,000 bc to 1200 bc.

Quincy Mine Guided Underground and Surface Tours of the Historic Quincy Copper Mine, part of the Keweenaw National Historic Park. Tours of the Quincy Mine Site include a Surface Only Tour, Surface Tour with Tram Ride, and the Full tour that includes a trip into the 7th level of the mine. Our knowledgeable guides will take you back to the time when Copper was King. The Gift Shop is filled with books, rocks & minerals, shirts, and a wide variety of interesting items. The grounds are open to the public free of charge so stop by and visit this historic mine site. Quincy Mine Hoist Association, 49750 US Highway 41, Hancock MI 49930. Phone: 906-482-3101

Red Metal Minerals, located at Gitche Gumee Landing, carries a large variety of copper, datolite, and local specimens, as well as minerals from around the world. Included are many unusual gift items such as agate slabs and bookends of all sorts. Spectacular mineral specimens for the serious collector and anyone who enjoys the beauty of Mother Nature. Variety of books written on the history and geology of copper mining in the Keweenaw Peninsula. 202 Ontonagon Street, Ontonagon, MI 49934. Phone 906-884-6618.

 

 

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