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Near Hurley in Iron County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Flambeau Trail - Little Finland

Iron County Heritage Area

 
 
Flambeau Trail - Little Finland Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, August 23, 2011
1. Flambeau Trail - Little Finland Marker
Inscription.  Jobs in the iron mines of the Penokee Range! Ample land to homestead!

News of the good life on the Penokee Iron Range brought Finnish immigrants here as early as 1887. By 1900, native born Finns were the largest ethnic group seeking a new life on the Range.

The Finns did not settle around the mining “locations” or in populated communities. They preferred rural areas reminiscent of their old country homeland. Here they could own land, maintain their language and traditions, and create their “new” Finland.

In 1970 this log building was built as a cultural center to preserve the area’s Finnish heritage by the National Finnish American Festival, Inc., descendants of those hardy settlers. The spirit is kept alive by the Festival’s traditional dancers and choral group who perform on traditional Finnish celebration days.

This building features unique Finnish “fish tail” log construction. The timbers were once part of the huge Ashland ore docks. From those docks, the very iron ore the Finnish immigrants toiled to mine from the Penokee Range was loaded into
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ore boats for eastern steel mills.

Inset: “Bolstered by love, faith, hope, and a general amount of “sisu” (the Finnish character of strength and perseverance), the Finns brought into the waste land their first a one room dwelling, then a sauna, a barn, and a small clearing for hay and potatoes.”
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
 
Location. 46° 28.633′ N, 90° 13.041′ W. Marker is near Hurley, Wisconsin, in Iron County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 2, ¼ mile west of County Route D. Marker located on the Little Finland Festival grounds. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hurley WI 54534, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Iron Mining in Wisconsin (approx. 1.4 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail – Historic Iron County Courthouse (approx. 2.6 miles away); Ironwood City Hall (approx. 2.7 miles away in Michigan); Italians on the Gogebic Iron Range (approx. 2.7 miles away in Michigan); This 5 ½ Foot Diameter Drill Core (approx. 2.7 miles away); Curry House (approx. 3.1 miles away in Michigan); Penokee Iron Range Trail – Gile Falls (approx. 3.2 miles away); Miners Memorial Heritage Park (approx. 3.2 miles away in Michigan). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurley.
 
Flambeau Trail - Little Finland Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, August 23, 2011
2. Flambeau Trail - Little Finland Marker
Inset from lower right corner
Flambeau Trail - Little Finland Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, August 23, 2011
3. Flambeau Trail - Little Finland Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 647 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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