“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Gogebic County Michigan Historical Markers

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By Paul Fehrenbach, July 18, 2011
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Michigan (Gogebic County), Bessemer — 292 — Copper Peak Chippewa Hill
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 . . . — Map (db m45043) HM
Michigan (Gogebic County), Bessemer — 89 — Gogebic Iron Range
The Gogebic was the last of the three great iron ore fields opened in the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. Beginning in 1848 with Dr. A. Randall, federal and state geologists had mapped the ore formations almost perfectly long before any ore . . . — Map (db m45035) HM
Michigan (Gogebic County), Bessemer — Memory Lane Highway
Honoring the men and women from this community who served their country. Sponsored jointly by the Bessemer Woman’s Club and the Michigan State Highway Department Dedicated May 30, 1949 — Map (db m45037) HM
Michigan (Gogebic County), Erwin Township — 2237 — Erwin Central School
In 1909 the newly formed Erwin Township School District built this one-room schoolhouse. The school served the area’s Finnish-born mining, logging, and farming families. The township bought the school in 1928 and altered it for use as the Town Hall . . . — Map (db m103460) HM
Michigan (Gogebic County), Ironwood — 560 — Curry House
Here lived Solomon S. Curry, pioneer in the mining industry of the Ironwood area. Curry, a progressive, broad-minded man, was also instrumental in the building of the city of Ironwood, which through his efforts, grew from a wilderness to one of the . . . — Map (db m45047) HM
Michigan (Gogebic County), Ironwood — 523 — Newport Hill
On this site, on October 8, 1871, geologist Raphael Pumpelly of Harvard University discovered one of the iron ore formations that created Gogebic County’s “boom era”. The Newport Mine, named for Pumpelly’s home in Rhode Island, began . . . — Map (db m45048) HM
Michigan (Gogebic County), Ironwood — 12 — Norrie Park
This recreational area was named in honor of A. Lanfear Norrie, who in 1882 began to explore for iron ore on the Gogebic Range. His discovery resulted in the opening of the Norrie Mine in Ironwood. Soon other mines, such as the Ashland, Aurora, . . . — Map (db m45038) HM
Michigan (Gogebic County), Ironwood — Pabst Mine "H" Shaft
On Friday, September 24th, 1926, a disaster occurred at the Pabst Mine. "G" Shaft, located approximately 300 yards southwest of this spot, collapsed. 3 men riding in the cage freefell 2,600 feet. 43 men were trapped on the 8th level, 727 feet below . . . — Map (db m45051) HM
Michigan (Gogebic County), Ironwood — The Truth Behind the Legend of Stormy Kromer
When they say "cold as heck," they're talking about this place, Kaukauna, Wisconsin. The birthplace of the Stormy Kromer Cap. It was here, in 1903, that George "Stormy" Kromer finally lost his cool. And his hat He was an engineer on the . . . — Map (db m77345) HM

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