Keweenaw Heritage Sites

This group of small log houses once provided lodging for miners of the Victoria Mining Company.
This group of small log houses once provided lodging for miners of the Victoria Mining Company.  Today, a group of volunteers is working to preserve this early copper mining site. Guided tours interpret the rigors and solitude of miners and their families in the 1890s.

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This logo identifies the Keweenaw Heritage Sites.
Look for this logo which identifies  Keweenaw Heritage Sites.

Keweenaw National Historical Park was established to preserve and interpret the story of the rise, domination and decline of the region’s copper mining industry. Unlike many parks, however, the U.S. Congress legislated that the National Park Service and the park's advisory commission partner with sites owned and operated by state and local governments, private businesses and nonprofit organizations to achieve this goal. The Keweenaw Heritage Sites program, administered by the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission, is one aspect of this partnership.

Keweenaw Heritage Sites contain significant cultural and/or natural resources and make a unique contribution to the copper mining story. Embodying stories of hardship, ingenuity, struggle and success, each site allows you to explore the role mining played in people’s lives here and afar.



Heritage sites operate independently of the National Park Service. Admissions and hours may vary. Sites stretch along the length of the Keweenaw Peninsula, from Copper Harbor to south of Ontonagon.

Check out our interactive Story Map of the Heritage Sites

Download a map of the Keweenaw Heritage Sites. Map is an Adobe pdf file.

Visit the Keweenaw Heritage Sites expanded website for a calendar of events, hours and fees.



Interested in volunteering at one of the Keweenaw Heritage Sites? Download this
list of volunteer needs.
(Adobe pdf)



 
A native copper specimen on display at the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum
Visit the Mineral Museum of Michigan. Explore mineral collections from the Keweenaw Copper District, the Lake Superior Iron District, throughout Michigan and beyond.
Location: Michigan Technological University, 1404 E. Sharon Avenue, Houghton
Phone: (906) 487-2572

 
A guide points out some of the remaining copper ore on an Adventure Mine tour. Click here to visit their website.
Adventure Mining Company
This site offers a variety of guided tours of a historic mine that operated from 1850 to 1920. Tours range from 45-minute walks to a 3-hour excursion plus a new 6-hour tour requiring advance reservations.
Location: 200 Adventure Avenue, Greenland
Phone: (906) 883-3371
 
The Calumet Theatre has welcomed patrons to shows and plays since 1900.
Calumet Theatre
Opened in 1900, this historic opera house offers a variety of theatrical, musical and community events year-round. Guided and self-guided tours available.
Location: 340 Sixth Street, Calumet
Phone: (906) 337-2610 or (906) 337-2166
 
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Carnegie Museum
The Cargnegie Museum of Keweenaw shows rotating exhibits about the area's culture and natural history. Founded in 2006, the museum is housed in the former Houghton public library building which was built in 1910.
Location: 105 Huron Street - on the corner of Montezuma Avenue, Houghton
Phone: (906) 482-7140

 
The former Chassell Elementary School built in 1917 is now home to the Chassell Heritage Center. Click here to visit their website.
Chassell Heritage Center
Exhibits follow Chassell's history from a logging camp to today. A collection of vintage clothing provides a glimpse into people's lives.
Location: 42373 Hancock Street, Chassell
Phone: (906) 523-1155
 
The former Red Jacket Fire Station is now home to the Upper Peninsula Firefighter's Memorial Museum.
Copper Country Firefighters History Museum
Built in 1898, the historic Red Jacket Fire Station features displays dedicated to the history of fire fighting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The historic fire trucks appeal to people of all ages.
Location: 327 Sixth Street, Calumet
Phone: (906) 337-4579
 
The Copper Range Historical Museum occupies a former bank building in the town of South Range
Copper Range Historical Museum
Artifact-rich displays depict people's lives and work experiences in the range towns of southern Houghton County during the copper mining era.
Location: 44 Trimountain Ave., South Range
Phone: (906) 482-6125
 
The former Calumet & Hecla Mining Company pattern shop is now home to the Coppertown Mining Museum.
Coppertown Mining Museum
Housed in the former Calumet and Hecla pattern shop, this museum features exhibits on the former copper mining giant's underground and surface operations.
Location: 25815 Red Jacket Road, Calumet
Phone: (906) 337-4354
 
A tour guide demonstrates the use of a drill on a tour of the Delaware Mine.
Delaware Copper Mine
At Delaware Mine, visitors can take a self-guided tour of one of the oldest underground copper mines on the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Location: Off U.S. Highway 41, 12 miles south of Copper Harbor
Phone: (906) 289-4688
 
Click here to visit the Finnish American Heritage Center website
Finnish American Heritage Center & Historical Archive
Located on the campus of Finlandia University, the Finnish American Heritage Center houses the Finnish American Historical Archive and Museum, a theater, an art gallery, and the offices of The Finnish American Reporter. Regular performances and art exhibits highlight Finnish culture.
Location: 435 Quincy Street, Hancock
Phone: (906) 487–7302
 
Soldiers garrisoned at Fort Wilkins provided order during the early days of the copper mining rush. Click here to visit their website.
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park
The U.S. Army built Fort Wilkins in 1844 to keep peace in Michigan's Copper Country. It now serves as an example of mid-19th century army life on the northern frontier. The park also includes the Copper Harbor Lighthouse along with the 1848 light keeper's house and interpretive trails. The lighthouse is reached by boat through the summer season.
Location: 15223 U.S. Highway. 41, Copper Harbor
Phone: (906) 289-4215
 
The main house at Hanka Homestead lets visitors see what life was like for Finnish immigrant farmers in the early 1900s.
Hanka Homestead Museum
Herman Hanka settled here with his family after he was disabled by a copper mining accident. Volunteers provide guided tours of this 1920's-era Finnish farm. A self-guided brochure is also available.
Location: Six miles west of U.S. Highway 41, off Tower Road Pelkie
Phone: (906) 334-2601
 
Visitors enjoy rides behind the C&H Porter 0-4-0 Steam Engine at the Houghton County Historical Society Museum. Click here to visit their website.
Houghton County Historical Museum
Explore this seven-building complex, which includes a museum containing artifacts and photographs spanning 100 years, a one-room schoolhouse, a log cabin, a railroad depot, a research center, and an operating 1915 C&H 0-4-0 steam train.
Location: 53150 Michigan State Highway 26, Lake Linden
Phone: (906) 296-4121
 
Visitors can tour the keeper's quarters at the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, now part of the Keweenaw County Historical Society. Click here to visit their website.
Keweenaw County Historical Society
The society administers five sites throughout Keweenaw County including the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, Central Mine & Village, Phoenix Church, Rathbone School and the Bammert Blacksmith Shop. Visitor Centers are located at the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Central Mine.
Location: throughout Keweenaw County, Lighthouse is in Eagle Harbor
Phone: (906) 296-2561
 
The former St Anne's Catholic Curch now serves as the Keweenaw Heritage Center. Click here to visit their website.
Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's
This majestic sandstone structure with intricate stained glass windows marks the entrance to downtown Calumet. Organists will again provide visitors with enjoyable music selections some afternoons on the newly restored 1899 Barkhoff Tracker organ.
Location: 25880 Red Jacket Road, Calumet
Phone: (906) 337-4579
 
The Hoatson House, now known as the Larium Manor Inn offers tours to see how a wealthy mine captain and his family lived in the early 1900s. Click here to visit their website.
Laurium Manor Mansion Tours
Thomas Hoatson Jr., owner of the Calumet & Arizona Mining Company, built this 45-room, 13,000 sq.ft. home in 1908 using the finest and rarest building materials available. Self-guided tours. Lodging available year round.
Location: 320 Tamarack Street, Laurium
Phone: (906) 337-2549
 
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Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections
The Michigan Tech Archives house a wide variety of print, graphic and manuscript resources. The department's holdings include collections from the Quincy Mining Company and Calumet & Hecla Mining company.

Location: Garden level of the Opie and Van Pelt Library, MTU, Houghton
Phone: (906) 487-2505


 
A costumed interpreter at Old Victoria awaits visitors before giving a guided tour of the cabins.

Old Victoria
Four log cabins, restored at their original remote mining location, give visitors a true feeling of the life faced by copper miners and their families. Guided tours will take you back in time for an hour.
Location: 25401 Victoria Dam Road, Rockland
Phone: (906) 886-2617

 
The Ontonagon County Historical Museum features displays on copper mining. Click here to visit their website.
Ontonagon County Historical Society
The museum features exhibits on area mining, logging, farming, marine, and social memorabilia. Tours are provided of the nearby lighthouse.
Location: 422 River Street, Ontonagon
Phone: (906) 884-6165
 
Lake of the Clouds is one of the scenic areas located in Michigan's Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Click here to visit their website.
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
In addition to wild forests and lakeshore, Michigan's largest state park has numerous historical copper mining sites. The 59,020-acre park offers an array of summer and winter recreational pursuits and interpretive programs.
Location: 15 miles West of Ontonagon on Michigan State Route 107
Phone: (906) 885-5275
 
The #2 Shaft-rockhouse at the Quincy mine towers over the former industrial site. Click here to visit their website.
Quincy Mine Tours
On a two-hour tour of the Quincy Mine, visitors take a guided walk through the hoist house, ride a cog-rail tram, and enter the mine to learn about mining life. Shorter, surface-only tours are also available.
Location: 49750 U.S. Highway 41, Hancock
Phone: (906) 482-3101

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

25970 Red Jacket Road
Calumet, MI 49913

Phone:

(906) 337-3168

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