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Near Bessemer in Gogebic County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Gogebic Iron Range

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, July 18, 2011
1. Gogebic Iron Range Marker
Inscription. The Gogebic was the last of the three great iron ore fields opened in the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. Beginning in 1848 with Dr. A. Randall, federal and state geologists had mapped the ore formations almost perfectly long before any ore was mined. One geologist, Raphael Pumpelly, on the basis of his studies in 1871, picked out lands for purchase which years later became the sites of the wealthy Newport and Geneva mines. The first mine to go into production was the Colby. In 1884 it shipped 1,022 tons of iron ore in railroad flat cars to Milwaukee. By 1890 more than thirty mines had shipped ore from this range. Many quickly ran out of good ore and had to close. Others took their places as richer ore bodies were found. Virtually all mining here has been underground, as attested by many shafts and “cave-ins”. The soft hematite ores common on this range usually have been sent in ore cars to Ashland and Escanaba, there to be loaded in ore boats and taken to America’s steel mills.
 
Erected 1958 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 89.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 46° 28.837′ N, 90° 1.59′ 
Gogebic Iron Range Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 18, 2011
2. Gogebic Iron Range Marker
W. Marker is near Bessemer, Michigan, in Gogebic County. Marker is on U.S. 2, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in a rest area on the north side of U.S. Hwy 2, 2 miles east of Bessemer. Marker is in this post office area: Bessemer MI 49911, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Memory Lane Highway (a few steps from this marker); Newport Hill (approx. 5.1 miles away); Pabst Mine "H" Shaft (approx. 5.5 miles away); The Truth Behind the Legend of Stormy Kromer (approx. 5.7 miles away); Curry House (approx. 6.6 miles away); Norrie Park (approx. 7.3 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail – Historic Iron County Courthouse (approx. 7.8 miles away in Wisconsin); This 5 ½ Foot Diameter Drill Core (approx. 7.8 miles away in Wisconsin).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Additional keywords. Mining
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural Resources
 
Gogebic Iron Range Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 18, 2011
3. Gogebic Iron Range Marker
Close up of map on marker.
Gogebic Iron Range Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 18, 2011
4. Gogebic Iron Range Marker
Looking east along US 2.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 597 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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