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Historical Markers in Iron County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Iron County, Michigan and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Iron County, MI (26) Baraga County, MI (1) Dickinson County, MI (8) Gogebic County, MI (14) Houghton County, MI (24) Marquette County, MI (33) Ontonagon County, MI (2) Florence County, WI (0) Forest County, WI (3) Vilas County, WI (14)  IronCounty(26) Iron County (26)  BaragaCounty(1) Baraga County (1)  DickinsonCounty(8) Dickinson County (8)  GogebicCounty(14) Gogebic County (14)  HoughtonCounty(24) Houghton County (24)  MarquetteCounty(33) Marquette County (33)  OntonagonCounty(2) Ontonagon County (2)  FlorenceCountyWisconsin(0) Florence County (0)  ForestCounty(3) Forest County (3)  VilasCounty(14) Vilas County (14)
Crystal Falls is the county seat for Iron County
Adjacent to Iron County, Michigan
      Baraga County (1)  
      Dickinson County (8)  
      Gogebic County (14)  
      Houghton County (24)  
      Marquette County (33)  
      Ontonagon County (2)  
      Florence County, Wisconsin (0)  
      Forest County, Wisconsin (3)  
      Vilas County, Wisconsin (14)  
 
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1 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — Apple Blossom Trail — Explore the History Behind the Beauty —
The Apple Blossom Trail, established in 1994, begins on the south end in Caspian on a spur off the Chicago & Northwestern Main Line. It is located along the Iron River, which joined the three cities of Caspian, Stambaugh, and Iron River . . . Map (db m213376) HM
2 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — Brule Homestead CabinIron County Homestead Complex
The log cabin was built in 1913 by John Fiina Koski for his family of 3 and located on M-189. It was donated to the museum in 1971 and was the museum’s first log building.Map (db m213439) HM
3 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — Caspian HistoryApple Blossom Trail — Explore the History Behind the Beauty —
Alois Dober established the first homestead in 1882. Other early homesteaders were Frank Grieninger, Joseph Brady, Elisha Morgan and Patrick Fogarty. A small business center had sprung up on the section line along the eastern limits of the Fogarty . . . Map (db m213349) HM
4 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — Chicago & Northwestern RailwayThe Caspian Mine
This ore car is dedicated to the Chicago Northwestern Railway and to the railroad men and miners who produced the ore to be hauled. The rails were extended to Iron River and Crystal Falls in 1882. In the first year 29,115 tons of ore were shipped. . . . Map (db m213344) HM
5 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — Diamond Drill
Donor: Odgers Drilling Company, 1922-1968. This is one of two complete diamond drills surviving today and the 2nd one is located in Australia. These drills were used for exploration of mine bodies and brought up tubes of sample ore that were . . . Map (db m213458) HM
6 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — Iron County Homestead Complex — Step into Iron County's Past —
Follow this map and step into Iron County's past. Can you imagine your family living in one of these cabins? Dates of construction and original locations of buildings are listed below: 1. The Soderquist Barn and Sheds, 1890, Bates Township . . . Map (db m213415) HM
7 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — Narrow Gauge Underground Electric TrainThis was used in the mines around 1920.
Car #1: A 1920 electric locomotive with 4 motors and weighs 10 tons with a speed of 6.6 MPH. The wooden boom connected this car to the overhead power line for direct current. The driver stood on the rear of the car. Car #2: Mucking machine . . . Map (db m213457) HM
8 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — Powder House
A great deal of dynamite was used to open veins of iron ore underground in the mine. The dynamite for the Caspian Mine was stored here, in this underground bunker.Map (db m213460) HM
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9 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — Sharrard Logging CampVisit This Reconstructed Early Logging Camp — Step into Iron County's Past —
Look at the buildings, equipment, and other artifacts on display. Dates of construction and original locations are listed below. 1. The Johnson Cabin (Office), ca. 1900, Paint Lake, Iron River Township 2. The Cookhouse/Bunkhouse, ca. 1920, Paint . . . Map (db m213386) HM
10 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — Snow Rollers 1900's
Pulled by a team of horses to “pank” snow on roads for travel by sled & carMap (db m213470) HM
11 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — The Beechwood CabinIron County Homestead Complex
The Beechwood Cabin was built in 1890, donated by Art Ranta and moved to the museum in 1972. Art Lindahl donated the lumber for the floor and roof boards. The Oberg family donated some of the furniture and the cradle.Map (db m213437) HM
12 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — The Big SplashExplore the History of Iron County Mines
At 3:25 pm on June 17, 1937, the Caspian Mine's 60-foot-tall steel No. 2 shafthouse, one of four standing at the time, dropped out of sight beneath the muddy waters of a pit that suddenly opened next to it. The wooden No. 3 shaft also fell into the . . . Map (db m213315) HM
13 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — The Cooling Pond
This "garden" area was originally the Cooling Pond for the operation of the Caspian Mine. The engines that ran the equipment in the mine were cooled with water. The water was pumped to this open pond and cooled and sent back to cool the equipment. . . . Map (db m213459) HM
14 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — The Finnish SaunaIron County Homestead Complex
This sauna from 1900 was originally located on the Alto farm in Beechwood, Michigan, donated by William and Senia Maki and moved to the museum in 1986. This is a traditional Finnish bath house.Map (db m213440) HM
15 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — The Johnson Homestead CabinSharrard Logging Camp
The Johnson Homestead Cabin was acquired in 1973. It was built in 1906 by pioneer Martin Johnson and was located in the Paint Lake Area. In 1920 it became the office of the Sharrard Logging Camp.Map (db m213388) HM
16 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — The Log JammerSharrard Logging Camp
These jams were used to lift logs onto sleighs in the woods that took the logs to the railroad. Also, used to lift logs off sleighs and on to railway cars that transported the logs to the mills.Map (db m213412) HM
17 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — The Puotinen BarnIron County Homestead Complex
This barn was built by settler, Kaleva Puotinen in about 1900 using special Finnish construction of door frames. Donated to the museum by Dr. Arthur Puotinen.Map (db m213433) HM
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18 Michigan, Iron County, Caspian — The Sunset Lake HomeIron County Homestead Complex
The Kinkner/Kline log home, built around 1890 in Bates Township, Sunset Lake area. The donor was Major John Huska, U.S.A.F. The house was converted into a storage barn.Map (db m213441) HM
19 Michigan, Iron County, Crystal Falls — Finnish Pioneers
In Memoriam to the Finnish Pioneers who adopted this land as their own, settled here in 1850 and after, and became a constructive force in the economic and social life of our country, in its lumbering, mining, and farming. Finnish . . . Map (db m143001) HM
20 Michigan, Iron County, Crystal Falls — L0179 — Iron CountyRegistered Michigan Historic Site
This county was set off in 1885 from Marquette and Menominee counties. Iron ore deposits which gave the new county its name were the first on the Menominee Iron Range to be discovered. Shipping of ores began in 1882 when the railroad came in. Iron . . . Map (db m106026) HM
21 Michigan, Iron County, Crystal Falls — Iron County Courthouse
The site of the Iron County Courthouse was finally settled following a series of mischievous manipulation and political intrigue back in 1888. The temporary county seat, Iron River, had been established in 1885 when Iron County was severed off from . . . Map (db m106027) HM
22 Michigan, Iron County, Crystal Falls — July 4th 1661
July 4th 1661 As a matter of conjecture Father Menard somewhere along this river either died or was murdered while on his way southward from L’Anse to visit the Menominee IndiansMap (db m125036) HM
23 Michigan, Iron County, Crystal Falls, Stambaugh Township — L0342 — Indian Village
Here, in 1851, U.S. surveyor Guy H. Carleton discovered an Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian village, cemetery and camp ground. Chief Edwards, last ruler at Chicaugon Lake, received a patent for this land in 1884. Selling it in 1891, he and his wife Pentoga, . . . Map (db m103462) HM
24 Michigan, Iron County, Crystal Falls, Stambaugh Township — Pentoga Park
Discover the site of a pre-European Native American settlement and permanent area headquarters where Ojibwe bands congregated. Wooden burial structures protect and mark graves of these ancient bands. When Chief Edwards moved towards Lac Vieux Desert . . . Map (db m103463) HM
25 Michigan, Iron County, Iron River — 213 — First Roadside Park
In 1918 the Iron County Board of Supervisors approved the recommendation of the road commission, through its engineer-manager, Herbert F. Larson, to purchase this 320-acre tract of roadside virgin timber and to dedicate it as a forest preserve. The . . . Map (db m125084) HM
26 Michigan, Iron County, Iron River — Larson Park
Mining Bates Township had three mines: The Bates, Chicagon, and Rogers. Together they shipped a total of 8,196,380 tons of ore from 1909-1947. Forestry Larson Park sits in a tract of 320 acres of old growth forest. There are two . . . Map (db m103472) HM
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