Fourth Thursday in History: Calumet's Catholic Churches
Contact: Abby Sue Fisher, (906) 337-3168
Calumet’s numerous historic churches reflect the community’s size, prosperity, and its ethnic and religious diversity during the boom years of the copper mining era. Houses of worship provided immigrants, whether they were Catholic, Jewish, or Protestant, with a sense of community and a bridge between the Old World and the New. Catholic immigrants, including Croatians, Italians, and Slovenians, built six different Catholic churches alone. Each parish was identified with a specific ethnicity, like St. Anne’s French-Canadian congregation or Croatians at St. John the Baptist. These churches allow a look into Calumet’s past.
Did You Know?
Despite ups and downs in copper production and prices, the Quincy Mining Company on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula was able to pay its investors dividends nearly every year from 1862 to 1920, earning it the nickname "Old Reliable." The company closed in 1945, but continued to operate the smelter until 1971.