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Historical Markers in Copper Harbor, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Keweenaw 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 Keweenaw County, MI (38) Alger County, MI (7) Houghton County, MI (23) Marquette County, MI (23) Ontonagon County, MI (2) Cook County, MN (23)  KeweenawCounty(38) Keweenaw County (38)  AlgerCounty(7) Alger County (7)  HoughtonCounty(23) Houghton County (23)  MarquetteCounty(23) Marquette County (23)  OntonagonCounty(2) Ontonagon County (2)  CookCountyMinnesota(23) Cook County (23)
Eagle River is the county seat for Keweenaw County
Copper Harbor is in Keweenaw County
      Keweenaw County (38)  
ADJACENT TO KEWEENAW COUNTY
      Alger County (7)  
      Houghton County (23)  
      Marquette County (23)  
      Ontonagon County (2)  
      Cook County, Minnesota (23)  
 
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1Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — "A Rallying Point for Copper Adventurers"
”We embarked on the… schooner Swallow… [and] at the end of the seven days from the Sault sighted Copper Harbor, the most important and best known point on Lake Superior.” A Pioneer, 1846 By the mid-1840s Copper . . . Map (db m153811) HM
2Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — "The Astor will never leave Copper Harbor."
It is my painful duty to inform you of the loss of the Brig Astor… Her keel is badly broken [and] her rudder broke in two. Captain Benjamin Stannard September 27, 1844 On Friday, September 20, 1844, the John Jacob . . . Map (db m153600) HM
3Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — "You will call her the John Jacob Astor."
"The finest vessel afloat" In 1835, two years before the Territory of Michigan becomes a state, the American Fur Company builds a small schooner at Sault Ste. Marie and launches it on Lake Superior. The boat is called “the finest vessel . . . Map (db m153599) HM
4Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — Connecting with WildernessThree kinds of corridors make Brockway Mountain a natural high
A Favorite Drive Brockway Mountain Drive is one of the Copper Country's most popular driving attractions. In winter, it is also a favorite destination for snowmobilers and skiers. Built during the Great Depression, this road reflected a larger . . . Map (db m153989) HM
5Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — Copper Harbor
Early in 1843 the U.S. War Department built the “Government House” and established a Federal Land Agency on Porter’s Island – the small narrow island lying just off shore. Prospectors found small deposits of copper ore and native . . . Map (db m152893) HM
6Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — Corridor to the WorldWild, cold, and untamable, Lake Superior is also a working waterway
Lake Superior is famous for its wild beauty and extreme weather, but it's also a busy maritime corridor. There are many types of boats that frequent the waters around the Keweenaw Peninsula. Chances are you can see a ship right now. What's on . . . Map (db m153998) HM
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7Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — Fort Wilkins State Park and Historic Complex
The influx of miners and speculators caused concern about the lack of law and order in the region. So in March 1844, Secretary of War, William Wilkins, dispatched two companies of infantry to build and occupy a fort, that bears his name, one mile . . . Map (db m152892) HM
8Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — Isle Royale National Park
Isle Royale is an archipelago comprising more than 200 islands 45 miles north of Keweenaw County. The main island is the largest in Lake Superior, 45 miles long and 9 miles wide. There are 70 lakes on Isle Royale, the largest, Siskiwit Lake. Rock . . . Map (db m152894) HM
9Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — Life on the Astor
Market demand drives the cost of Lake passage. In 1844, cabin passengers aboard the Astor pay $10 to travel from Sault Ste. Marie to Copper Harbor (about $210 today). Conditions are cramped, dirty and made worse by rough seas. ”Too . . . Map (db m153778) HM
10Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — Shipwreck
Near this site in September 1844, the John Jacob Astor was driven upon the rocks by gale-swept seas. Every assistance was rendered by the officers and men of Fort Wilkins. They kept up fires as nigh the Shore as they could… and watched . . . Map (db m153810) HM
11Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — The Beginning of U.S. 41Byron Muljo Memorial Sign
Early Indian footpaths became the trails for explorers, missionaries and fur traders, who came to carve out homes in Michigan’s wilderness. The early settlers began to widen and improve these trails, which became the majority of Michigan’s primary . . . Map (db m152799) HM
12Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — The Copper Country
An ancient vanished race mined native copper hundreds of years ago in countless pits and trenches scattered among the hills from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon and on Isle Royale. The explorer, Jacques Cartier, reported in 1536 that Indians on the St. . . . Map (db m154000) HM
13Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — The Copper Harbor Lighthouse
The discovery of copper and dangers of navigation created a demand for lighthouses on Lake Superior. Built in 1848 and replaced by the present structure in the 1860s, the Copper Harbor lighthouse was among the first beacons on Lake Superior. Now . . . Map (db m153808) HM
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14Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — The Estivant PinesMichigan’s Largest Virgin White Pine Forest
When white settlers arrived in Michigan, vast stands of old growth white pine covered the land. Much of the state's initial prosperity relied on processing these trees into useful lumber. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk among . . . Map (db m153788) HM
15Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — Tracing the StoryAmerica's Industrial Copper story begins here
For thousands of years, the view from here was of a densely forested landscape. American Indians hunted, fished, and collected copper for centuries. But in 1843, the Keweenaw mining rush was on, and everything changed. Sheltered by Porters . . . Map (db m153991) HM
16Michigan (Keweenaw County), Copper Harbor — Wired for Light & SoundKeweenaw copper transformed American industry and lifestyles
Take one rift valley enriched by the largest deposit of native copper on Earth. Add a handful of 19th-century American ingenuity and industry. Watch America light up as copper wire from Keweenaw mines powers the "electrical revolution" across . . . Map (db m153997) HM
 
 
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Sep. 29, 2022