Below are the sample questions for the High School Local History Smackdown. (Hint: These are often the questions used during the first round of competition).
Question: In 1877, Linus Stannard installed the first telephone exchange in Michigan. What local town was the site of this important event?
What was the purpose of the Portage River Improvement Company in 1859?
To create a canal that would allow ships to enter Portage Lake and reach the developing mines near present-day Houghton and Hancock.
In May of 1929, what mining property was sold at auction on the courthouse steps in Ontonagon?
The White Pine Mine
The Mass Mine of Ontonagon County had its beginning in an interesting way. The original copper deposits were discovered in 1850 by Noel Johnson. What was the most extraordinary thing about Mr. Johnson?
He was a runaway slave. Noel Johnson had escaped from his owner in Missouri and was hiding from the Fugitive Slave laws in the Copper Country.
In the Lake Superior copper mines, machinery accidents were the second biggest killer of the men who worked underground. What accident type was the biggest killer?
Falling rock and other falling material
Name the amusement park which was located between Hancock and Calumet and served by the Houghton county Traction Company's interurban cars.
This Keweenaw copper mine was the first to pay its shareholders a stock dividend.
The Cliff Mine
Chassell, Sidnew, and Bergland were all settlements dominated by what industry?
Logging or lumber companies
The Douglass Houghton Memorial is composed of rock specimens from each of the Michigan copper and iron ranges. It was dedicated in 1914 and placed in which Keweenaw County town?
This important sports figure earned four varsity letters in football at the University of Nortre Dame and was memorialized in a 1940 movie starring Ronald Reagan. A monument to him stands in his hometown of Laurium. Who was he?
Alexander Agassiz was Calumet & Hecla's president from 1871 to 1910. He was also a noted zoologist. At which prestigious university was he a professor?
The mining companies' practice of providing their workers benefits beyond employment, included housing, health care, schools, libraries, etc. This is a business management practice referred to as?
With his creation of dictionaries, grammar and prayer books in native languages, Frederic Baraga helped preserve the language of two North American tribes. Name either of these two Indian languages.
Chippewa/Ojibwe or Ottawa