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WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA HERITAGE TRAIL NETWORK of MICHIGAN
2 South 6th Street, Suite 14, Crystal Falls, MI 49920 ~ 906-875-0603

Michigan's Upper Peninsula Counties of
Baraga     Gogebic    Houghton    Iron    Keweenaw    Ontonagon

Baraga County

  1. Canyon Falls
  2. Alberta Village Museum
  3. Sturgeon River Falls and Gorge
  4. Little Mountain
  5. L'Anse Waterfront & Township Hall
  6. Arvon Slate Quarry
  7. Mount Arvon
  8. Point Abbaye
  9. Pequaming
  10. Bishop Baraga Shrine
  11. Baraga County Museum
  12. Hanka Finnish Homestead Museum
  13. Assinins

Gogebic County

  1. Depot Museum

  2. Historic Ironwood Theater

  3. Memorial Building

  4. Gogebic County Courthouse

  5. Ramsay "Keystone" Bridge

  6. Plymouth Open Pit Mine

  7. Alligator Eye

  8. Presque Isle Scenic Area

  9. Black River Harbor National Scenic Byway

  10. Copper Peak

  11. Bald Mountain Interpretive Trail

  12. Little Girl's Point

  13. Lake Superior Cliffs Battle Site

Houghton County

  1. Coppertown Mining Museum
  2. Chassell Heritage Center
  3. A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum
  4. Joseph Bosch Building &Lindell Chocolate Shoppe
  5. The Finnish-American Heritage Center
  6. Quincy Mine Historic Site & Tour
  7. Houghton County Historical Museum
  8. Laurium Manor Inn
  9. Historic Calumet
  10. F.J. McLain State Park
  11. Copper Range Historical Museum
  12. Champion #4 Rock Shafthouse
  13. Jacobsville Lighthouse

Iron County

  1. Iron County Museum
  2. Pentoga Park Indian Burial Grounds
  3. Alpha Circle Historic District
  4. Iron County Courthouse
  5. Harbour House
  6. Mansfield Location and Pioneer Church
  7. Amasa Museum
  8. Fortune Pond
  9. Be Wa Bic State Park
  10. Larson Park
  11. Apple Blossom Trail
  12. Lake Ottawa Rec Area and Campground
  13. Mile Post Zero and Treaty Tree
  14. Camp Gibbs Recreation Area

Keweenaw County

  1. Cliff Mine
  2. Phoenix Church and Townsite
  3. Central Mine
  4. Delaware Copper Mine
  5. Keweenaw Mountain Lodge
  6. Estivant Pines
  7. Fort Wilkins State Park
  8. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museum
  9. Rathbone School
  10. Bammert Blacksmith Shop

Ontonagon County

  1. Bond Falls
  2. Agate Falls/ Trout Creek Mill Pond
  3. Military Hill
  4. Adventure Mine Site
  5. Ontonagon County Historical Museum
  6. Rockland Museum
  7. Old Victoria Restoration and Dam
  8. Ottawa National Forest Bergland Heritage Center
  9. Silver City/ Bonanza Falls
  10. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Park

 

 

Iron County

I-1 Iron County Museum

Relive the past as you explore the 10-acre outdoor museum with 25 buildings that reveal the early pioneer, mining and logging days. Plan to spend the entire day to view Iron County’s largest collection of historic objects and information. Over 100 exhibits include the largest miniature logging display in the world, glass dioramas of underground mining, Native American artifacts, the home of composer Carrie Jacobs-Bond, the Wildlife Art Gallery of Lee LeBlanc, the Giovanelli Renaissance Art Gallery and the Bernhardt Contemporary Art Gallery. Open: June 1- Sept. 30 Mon.-Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 1pm-4pm. Also open by appointment.

Location: Drive 2 miles S of Iron River on M-189; turn E on 424 to Caspian, then left to Museum Road. More information:  906-265-2617 or www.ironcountymuseum.com.

I-2 Pentoga Park Indian Burial Grounds

Discover the site of a pre-European Native American settlement and permanent area headquarters where Ojibwa Bands congregated. Wooden burial structures have endured time to protect and mark the graves of these ancient bands. When Chief Edwards moved west in 1891, he disposed of these lands with their traditional burial grounds. The county purchased the land in 1924 to develop a park on the beautiful shores of Chicaugon Lake, and to preserve the burial grounds as a tribute to Native Americans. Open 7 days 9am-8pm. Campgrounds closed during winter months.

Location: County Road 424 at S end of Chicaugon Lake. More information: 906-265-3979 or www.pentogapark.net.

I-3 Alpha Circle Historic District

Enjoy shopping, breakfast, or lunch in the Historic Porter School, visit the Alpha Museum or take in the summer farmer’s market all situated on the Alpha Circle.  This wonderful example of early engineering where all the significant public buildings were constructed around a traffic circle is the forefather to the modern roundabout. Established in 1914, the same year as the village, the Alpha Circle contains several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Open to the public all year. 

Location: County Road 424, center of Village of Alpha. More information: 906-875-6328.

I-4 Iron County Courthouse

The wealth and pride of the pioneers are revealed through the architecture and construction of their County Courthouse. Due to the use of regional materials and the numerous and varied tributes to the area’s influential cultures, this building is an accurate reflection of the days when Iron was King.

Located in the Crystal Falls Historic District, it is the most architecturally significant building in the county. Restored and renovated in 2004, the site offers sightseeing tours to the bell tower observation deck.  Enjoy an amazing vista of the surrounding landscape from the 150-foot bell tower while listening to its chimes. Take a self-guided tour through time in the History Room. Donations are accepted. Open Mon.-Fri. 8am-4pm.

 Location: 2 S Sixth Street, at the top of the hill in Crystal Falls. More information: 906-875-3301 or www.iron.org.

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I-5 Harbour House

Explore the feeling of early life as residents in a small rural mining town. Originally built in 1900, this Queen Anne Colonial Revival home has been restored and is now a museum. The first floor furnishings and decorations reflect the craftsmanship and culture available at the turn of the century. Six rooms on the second floor display artifacts of past area influences such as logging and mining, military veterans, and the Ojibwa Indians. Open June 1 to Sept. 1, Tues-Sat, 10am-2pm or by appointment. Guided tours.

Location: 17 N 4th St in Crystal Falls. More information: 906-875-4341, 906-875-6026 or http://www.harbourhousemuseum.org.

I-6 Mansfield Location and Pioneer Church

In 1893, the Michigamme River broke through and flooded the underground mine where 27 miners had descended into the dark earth tunnels never to return. Just west of the Mansfield mine disaster you can visit some of the original buildings from the community, including the Pioneer Church, which was completely restored in 1987 as a landmark and reminder of the small mining settlement. Take a stroll across the Michigamme River on the historic concrete-filled spandrel arch bridge built in 1915.

Location: 7 miles N of M-69 on Mansfield Cutoff Rd, 1 mile N on Stream Rd. Open all year. More information: 906-875-3553.

I-7 Amasa Museum

Located in the Main Street Historical District, the Amasa Museum building, formerly the township hall, is a fine example of late 1800s balloon-style architecture. The main floor has many pictorial displays of the mining and logging industries that helped build Amasa.  Memorabilia include Amasa School and Triangle Ranch. An ongoing renovation of the second floor will result in a replica of “The Streets of Old Amasa.” The importance of Amasa as a major hub for logging and rail transportation can be seen in the old depot that stands sturdy against time. Open Memorial Day through the summer months; winter tours by appointment. Donations welcome.

Location: 12 miles N of US 2, just off Hwy 141 on Pine St in Amasa. More information: 906-822-7714.

 

I-8 Fortune Pond

This site is a wonderful example of the many mines that have been reclaimed by nature as she heals the scars of the miner’s pick. Imagine the pumps that worked 24 hours a day to keep the open pits and tunnels dry. This mine produced 1,316,905 tons of iron ore from 1953 to 1958. It had one shaft with two drifts used to drain the 210-foot deep pit. The pit is 1,930 feet long by 750 feet wide. What was once a major mining operation now lends itself to a scuba diver’s and fisherman’s paradise.

Location: 3/4 mile N of US 2 on New Bristol Rd, 2 miles W of Crystal Falls. More information: 906-265-3822.

I-9 Be Wa Bic State Park

A leisurely drive around the 315-acre state park provides an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of the region. Interpretive signs on the upper level near the campgrounds afford visitors a chance to see how the early settlers cleared the land for lumbering, mining, agriculture, and tourism. The park has wonderful public log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and includes fascinating stonework along the beach and parking lots. Open seasonally.

Location: 4 miles W of Crystal Falls on US 2. More information: 906-875-3324.

I-10 Larson Park

Imagine the trip in1919, road engineer Herbert Larson made as he toured the area. Noting the lack of public rest areas, he became determined to provide a stop for travelers where they could relax, rest, and share information before proceeding on their journey. While not the original site, which was on Stager Lake, the State Register sign commemorates Larson’s efforts here as the first roadside picnic site in Michigan and perhaps in the entire US. Explore the giant trees in the old growth birch-maple forest surrounding the site. Open May 15 to November 1.

Location: On US 2 four miles E of Iron River. More information: Iron County Parks Commission at 906-875-3301.

I-11 Apple Blossom Trail

This non-motorized pathway along the banks of the Iron River was originally the major corridor for the rail lines that hauled thousands of tons of iron ore from local mines to the steel mills of Chicago and Indiana. See the site of Harvey Mellon’s discovery of iron ore along this route in 1851, when only one settler lived here.

 Location: Trail Head located at the Iron County Chamber of Commerce; Access points in downtown Iron River or Caspian. More information: 906-265-3822.

 

I-12 Lake Ottawa Recreation Area & Campground

A 30-minute hike to “Orville’s Bench” on the Ge-Che trail (primitive) in the Ottawa National Forest will introduce you to one of the most breathtaking natural views in the county. When you return, walk along the shore of this pristine lake, which archeologists affirm contains the remnants of some of the area’s earliest residents, prehistoric Indians dating back at least 2000 years.   Open May 15 to Oct. 15.

 Location: 1 mile S of US 2 on M-73 to Ottawa Lake Rd, 4 miles. More information: 906-265-5139.

 

I-13 Mile Post Zero & Treaty Tree

Visit the site on the Ottawa National Forest where Captain Thomas Cram placed the first marker at the survey point establishing the Wisconsin-Michigan state boundary in 1840. As part of the settlement of the “Toledo War” between Michigan and Ohio, most of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was granted to Michigan for the “Toledo Strip” that was granted to Ohio. Cram made a treaty for passage with Chief Ca-Sha-O-Sha and his band of Ojibwa (Chippewa) near a large tamarack tree at the headwaters of the Brule River. Open May 15-Oct. 15.

Location: From M-73 continue on Ottawa Lake Rd to West Brule Lake Rd to Stateline Picnic Grounds, total 7 miles. More information: 906-265-5139.

  I-14 Camp Gibbs Recreation Area

This property, purchased by the US from the Michigan Mineral Land Company, was established in 1935 as Camp Gibbs, a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. Nineteen buildings were constructed, consisting of barracks, kitchen, shower room, bakery, garages, and storage for the CCC workers. It is a unique example of vernacular American architecture of the period. The materials and methods of construction represent a time when frugality was critical to the survival of society. In the 1940s, the State of Michigan Social Welfare Commission used the camp to house indigent people from all over the state. Open all year under a permit from the Ottawa National Forest.

Location: 10 miles N of US 2, about 2 miles W of Iron River.

   

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