Mining Heritage Sites of Michigan’s Copper Country
Latest Copper Country Mines summary! Dana Fissure Mine, Keweenaw County, Michigan
Ten billion pounds of refined copper from Michigan’s copper range - this amazing output was recorded at the height of Copper Country production.
From the first mining rush in the mid-1840’s through the historic copper boom days, sliding into a decline until the end of mining activities in 1968, Michigan’s geologically-rich Upper Peninsula mines rode a roller coaster of ups & downs.
During World War I, Calumet & Hecla Consolidated Copper Company employed 66,000 people. In 2010, Keweenaw county was the least populated county in Michigan, at 2,156 residents. Next door, Houghton county’s population was 36,628 that year.
But there is more than numbers in the Copper Country. Hidden beneath the surface, often overgrown with forest & largely forgotten by residents & travelers alike lie hundreds of abandoned mines & ruins. A unique & fascinating heritage that holds lessons for an energy-strapped world today.
We have researched the past, are presently surveying many sites today, and will post a selection of our favorites here so visitors can take their own journey back in time to the days when Copper was King.
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