Half-Day: Historic Calumet

The Italian Hall Park with a sandstone arch from the former building.
Italian Hall Memorial Park memorializes the Christmas Eve tragedy that took place there in 1913.

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Distance: 1 mile walking, 1.5 miles driving
Drive Time: 3 hours

This half day tour takes you through historic downtown Calumet. Feel free to walk or drive this route. Travel north on 5th Street from the Keweenaw National Historical Park Visitor Center take in the historic shopping district of Calumet, where you can still find unique shops, local foods and stunning architecture. Head to the Italian Hall Memorial Park by turning left on Elm Street and proceeding to 7th Street. Turn right and the park will be on your left. An archway marker was erected to memorialize the Christmas Eve tragedy that took place here in 1913, which took the lives of 73 individuals.

 
The exterior sandstone structure of the Copper Country Firefighters History Museum.
The exterior of the Copper Country Firefighters History Museum on 6th Street in Calumet.

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From here, head back on Elm Street to 6th Street. On the southeast corner your will find the Calumet Theatre. Stop in for a guided or self-guided tour of this beautiful theatre. Be sure to get some pictures! Just south on 6th Street and across the street is the Copper Country Firefighters History Museum. This museum has displays on the history of fire fighting in the Upper Peninsula, including numerous fire trucks from various eras. Continue south to Scott St and turn left. The Keweenaw Heritage Center at St Anne's Church will be on your right. Be sure to stop in and view their exhibits, which often change from year to year. Turn right on 5th Street, passing the Union Building on your left, and proceed 1 block to Coppertown Mining Museum. The museum is located on your right, on the southeast corner of Red Jacket Road and Armory St. Coppertown is housed in the former Calumet &Hecla pattern shop.
 
The above ground remnants of the Osceola #13 mine location at sunset.
The Osceola #13 mine location at sunset.

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The next stop is the Osceola #13 Mine location, one of the final shafts in Calumet to close in 1968. If you've been walking, you will want to get back in your car and make the short drive from downtown Calumet. Proceed east on Red Jacket Road to US-41 (Calumet Ave). Turn right and follow US- 41 south. Bear right onto Church St just before the Holiday Gas Station Turn on E St. Osceola 13 will be on your left. Please use caution at this site.

Last updated: June 29, 2017

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Mailing Address:

25970 Red Jacket Road
Calumet, MI 49913

Phone:

(906) 337-3168

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