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Copper Harbor in Keweenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Isle Royale National Park

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2017
1. Isle Royale National Park Marker
Inscription.  Isle Royale is an archipelago comprising more than 200 islands 45 miles north of Keweenaw County. The main island is the largest in Lake Superior, 45 miles long and 9 miles wide. There are 70 lakes on Isle Royale, the largest, Siskiwit Lake. Rock formations formed millions of years ago consisting of basaltic lava, sandstone, and conglomerate. Isle Royale is the home of the largest herd of moose in the U.S. Many varieties of wild flowers grow there, 28 types of wild orchids, truly a wilderness paradise. The old copper pits of the aborigines, the fur trading posts, and the abandoned mines stimulate a historic lure of mans search for copper. Mining started in 1844. Isle Royale National Park was dedicated August 27, 1946. There are daily round trips by boat from Copper Harbor.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsIndustry & CommerceNative AmericansParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is August 27, 1946.
 
Location. 47° 28.08′ N, 87° 53.363′ W. Marker is in Copper Harbor, Michigan, in Keweenaw County. Marker is at the intersection
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By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2017
2. Isle Royale National Park Marker
(rightmost of three markers at this location)
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of Gratiot Street (U.S. 41) and 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east on Gratiot Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Copper Harbor MI 49918, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Copper Harbor (here, next to this marker); Fort Wilkins State Park and Historic Complex (here, next to this marker); The Estivant Pines (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tracing the Story (approx. 0.4 miles away); "A Rallying Point for Copper Adventurers" (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Copper Harbor Lighthouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); Shipwreck (approx. 1.1 miles away); "The Astor will never leave Copper Harbor." (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Copper Harbor.
 
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1. Isle Royale National Park (Wikipedia). In the mid-1840s, the first modern copper mines were opened on the island. Evidence of the earlier mining efforts was everywhere, in the form of many stone hammers, some copper artifacts, and places where copper had been partially worked out of the rock but left in place. The ancient pits and trenches led to the discovery of many of the copper deposits that were mined in the 19th century. (Submitted on July 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Cultural Resources on Isle Royale National Park: An Historic Context. Study of the cultural resources associated with
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the multiple themes of the history of Isle Royale National Park such as Native American and Euro-American mining, navigation and lighthouses, commercial fishing, and the recreation cabin and resort history of the early twentieth century. (Submitted on July 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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