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    Keweenaw

    National Historical Park Michigan

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There is properly no history; only biography.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (History, 1841)

Copper is only one of many hues that color the Keweenaw Peninsula. Each fall, trees turn remarkable shades of red, yellow, and even purple — welcome blasts of color before snow turns the world white. Pink wild roses and orange wood lilies brighten the summer, offsetting Lake Superior's blues.

The Keweenaw Peninsula's history is just as colorful. From larger-than-life figures to the individuals who lived quieter lives, the people who lived the Copper Country's history and created its culture have stories to tell.

Below are links to people profiles. As more research is completed, additional pages will be developed on a variety of individuals and added to this section. Check back often!

 

Did You Know?

Autumn leaves provide a backdrop for the Quincy Smelting Works located along Portage Lake across from Houghton, Michigan.

The Quincy Smelting Works is the only copper smelter in the Great Lakes region still standing in substantial condition. It reflects the technology of the time, the industrial processes critical to the industry and the workplace of the people who produced copper for industrial and domestic uses. More...