Michigan's Copper Country


The Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan, often referred to as "Copper Country". It was here that in 1841 reports of copper set off America's first frantic mineral rush, and where immigrants from many lands flocked to in search of jobs and opportunity. Unfortunately, the often inhospitable climate of this cold, northern land was often matched by chilling tragedies that accompanied a miner's daily life.
As copper mining declined after the early decades of this century, the Keweenaw's population dwindled to a fraction of what it was in boom times. To tell the story of the Copper Country's deep shaft mines, machinery and people and to celebrate the region's rich heritage, the U.S. Congress in 1992 created the Keweenaw National Historical Park.
Nominated for the prestigious I.C.E. award, this video travels to the 10 cooperating sites in the Keweenaw National Historical Park: Quincy Mine Hoist and Underground Mine, Fort Wilkins State Park, Keweenaw County Historical Museum, Houghton County Historical Museum, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Old Victoria, Hanka Homestead, Seaman Mineralogical Museum, Delaware Copper Mine, and Historic Calumet.
Running time approximately 55 minutes

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