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    Keweenaw

    National Historical Park Michigan

Industrial Calumet

Calumet & Hecla Mining Operations from Swedetown Hill circa 1900
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The Calumet and Hecla (C&H) Mining Company grew from humble beginnings into the largest and most successful copper mining company in the Lake Superior region. C&H's success and fortune was due mainly to it's location on the copper-rich Calumet Conglomerate Lode. C&H's mine shafts and surface operations were constructed to effectively extract the copper-bearing ore.

Though quiet today, numerous structures remain in this former industrial landscape that allow visitors to connect with the stories of the people who once worked here. The former C&H General Office Building now serves as the Keweenaw National Historical Park Headquarters. The National Park Service also owns the former C&H Public Library and the former C&H Warehouse Number 1.

Did You Know?

This exposed vein of copper bearing rock leading into Lake Superior at Fort Wilkins State Park provided evidence of the area's copper wealth

Early native peoples began the first metal mining in North America over 7,000 years ago with copper mining on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Copper was fashioned into tools and items that were traded throughout North America.