Near Hurley in Iron County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Flambeau Trail - Little Finland
Iron County Heritage Area
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 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
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. Touch for map. Marker located on the Little Finland Festival grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Hurley WI 54534, United States of America.
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); 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); The City of Montreal (approx. 3.2 miles away); George W. Sullivan (approx. 3.2 miles away); Montreal Trails – The Montreal Mine (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurley.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 460 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.