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

Gogebic Iron Range

 
 
Gogebic Iron Range Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, September 2, 2009
1. Gogebic Iron Range Marker
Inscription. The Gogebic Iron Range, which may be seen to the south of here, extends 80 miles from Lake Namekagon, Wisconsin to Lake Gogebic (Chippewa for “place of diving”) in Michigan. Prior to the discovery of iron ore the area was relatively uninhabited as the land was ill-suited to agriculture. Nathaniel D. Moore uncovered ore deposited in the Penokee Gap near Bessemer in 1872, but it was not until 1884 that the first mine shipment was made. The news spread rapidly, attracting speculators, investors and settlers. By 1886 there were 54 mines on the range and the area was boomed as having “inexhaustible deposits of uniformly high-grade Bessemer ores.” For a brief period stocks rose 1200 percent. The crash of 1887 ended the extravagant prosperity.
 
Erected 1962 by State Historical Society of Wisconsin. (Marker Number 113.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 46° 29.676′ N, 90° 22.673′ W. Marker is in Hurley, Wisconsin, in Iron County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 2, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in rest area approximately 10 miles west of Hurley, WI. Marker is in this post office area: Hurley WI 54534, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Gogebic Iron Range Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, August 9, 2009
2. Gogebic Iron Range Marker
Marker in rest area.
At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Flambeau Trail – Gateway to the Flambeau Trail (approx. 5.5 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail - Plummer Mine (approx. 7.2 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail - Plummer Location (approx. 7.2 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail - Plummer Mine Geologic Layer Cake (approx. 7.2 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Flambeau Trail Crossing (approx. 7.4 miles away); Flambeau Trail - Little Finland (approx. 7.7 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail – A Company Town (approx. 8.1 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail – Montreal Location (approx. 8.1 miles away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another Gogebic Iron Range marker, near Bessemer.
 
Also see . . .  Gogebic Iron Range. Production commenced in 1884 at the Colby mine and reached a peak during the 1890's, with from 3 to 4 Mt of ore being shipped per year from the range. Mining ended during the 1960's when the remaining ore became uneconomic. During the period from 1884 to when operations ceased, 300 Mt of ore are estimated to have been mined. (Submitted on May 22, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural Resources
 
Gogebic Iron Range image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, September 2, 2009
3. Gogebic Iron Range
Penokee Mtns / Gogebic Iron Range looking SSE from marker.
Gogebic Iron Range image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, September 2, 2009
4. Gogebic Iron Range
Penokee Mtns / Gogebic Iron Range looking SSW from marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 809 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on July 27, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 18, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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