Fourth Thursday in History: Exploring the Nonesuch Copper Mine

historic photo: Nonesuch mill
Historic photo of the mill located at the Nonesuch mining community

Image courtesy of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

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News Release Date: September 16, 2008

Contact: Kathleen Harter, (906) 337-1104

Contact: Bob Wild, (906) 885-5275

Described as "the Sphinx of the copper district," the Nonesuch lode challenged miners and metallurgists alike. As rich as the lode was, no one was ever quite able to solve the mystery of how to mine it successfully. Join park interpreter Bob Wild at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park to learn more about this remote mining operation.

This special, two-part event takes place on Thursday, September 25, 2008 in the park, located 15 miles west of Ontonagon, Michigan. The evening will start at 5:00 p.m. with a tour of the mine site. Wild will guide visitors on a mile-long hike to the Nonesuch's town site, mill, and other remnants of the mining operation. Meet at the Nonesuch corner trailhead on South Boundary Road, four miles south of the M-107 intersection; plan to spend about an hour and a half on the tour, and remember to wear appropriate footwear. The second part of the evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the park's visitor center. Wild will present a history of the Nonesuch mine and the community that developed around it. Please feel free to attend either – or both – parts of the evening.

Fourth Thursday in History is a series of public presentations on a variety of aspects of Copper Country and regional history. Presentations are scheduled in venues throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula, often at historic sites associated with specific topics. They are free and open to the public. Additional support for this event is being provided by Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

For more information, including specific directions to the event, please call either Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168, or Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park at (906) 885-5275.


Announcement of Future Fourth Thursday in History Events:

From One Office to Another
October 23rd, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Keweenaw National Historical Park Headquarters
25970 Red Jacket Road, Calumet

There are no Fourth Thursday in History programs in November and December. Happy Holidays! See you in 2009!

For more information on Fourth Thursday in History programs and other upcoming events, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168.

Last updated: March 16, 2018

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Calumet, MI 49913


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