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

Copper Peak Chippewa Hill

 
 
Copper Peak Chippewa Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 18, 2011
1. Copper Peak Chippewa Hill Marker
Inscription. At an altitude of more than 1500 feet, 300 feet above the surrounding terrain, this location was the southernmost area in Michigan to offer a prospect of producing copper in commercial amounts. The Chippewa Copper Mining Company began work here in 1845, sinking a still-visible tunnel into the granite rock. No copper was ever produced, although around 1900 the Old Peak Company made further explorations. In 1970 a 280-foot ski slide, the highest in the world, was completed on the peak in time for the western hemisphere’s first international ski flying tournament here. Skiers record flights of nearly 500 feet from this slide.
 
Erected 1974 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number 292.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 46° 35.921′ N, 90° 5.304′ W. Marker is near Bessemer, Michigan, in Gogebic County. Marker is on Copper Peak Road half a mile north of Black River Parkway (County Route 513), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bessemer MI 49911, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gogebic Iron Range (approx.
Looking up hill with lift and jump image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 18, 2011
2. Looking up hill with lift and jump
8.7 miles away); Memory Lane Highway (approx. 8.7 miles away); The Truth Behind the Legend of Stormy Kromer (approx. 9.7 miles away); Newport Hill (approx. 9.9 miles away); Pabst Mine "H" Shaft (approx. 10.1 miles away); Flambeau Trail - Little Finland (approx. 10.4 miles away in Wisconsin); Curry House (approx. 10.5 miles away); Iron Mining in Wisconsin (approx. 10.7 miles away in Wisconsin). Click for a list of all markers in Bessemer.
 
Also see . . .  Copper Peak website. (Submitted on July 28, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.)
 
Categories. Sports
 
Copper Peak Chippewa Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 18, 2011
3. Copper Peak Chippewa Hill Marker
Back side of ski jump from Black River Parkway. image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 18, 2011
4. Back side of ski jump from Black River Parkway.
Copper Peak Ski Flying Hill image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 18, 2011
5. Copper Peak Ski Flying Hill
Base of the hill and lift. image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 18, 2011
6. Base of the hill and lift.
From base of hill looking up to ski jump. image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 18, 2011
7. From base of hill looking up to ski jump.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 532 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. 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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