Quartz Mountain Inn
791 U.S. 41 East, Negaunee, Michigan, 49866, United States
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The Negaunee National Bank
Long since closed as a bank, it's currently the local headquarters for the United Steelworkers of America, who represent many of the employees at the Empire and Tilden mines. Working at the mines is considered a "good job" locally - well-paid, good benefits, marred by occasional (unpredictable) lay-offs and the medium or long-term reality that the mines will eventually close permanently.
Those are leaves of the Acanthus bush, a universal feature of the Corinthian Order of Architecture.
In the summer of 2005, Louie, one of my colleagues in the History Department thought seriously about buying the Negaunee Bank Building and converting it into his residence. Wouldn't it be neat to have your own private bankvaults! I was able to tour the building with Louie - nice to see that the lobby is still in pretty good shape, even though it would take a lot of renovation to make the place habitable.
A Mining Town Down On Its Luck
"The Vista Theatre: Dreamland"
Negaunee is a mining town of about 3000 people, ten miles "up the hill" from Marquette on US 41. It's been down on its luck for the last 50 years, plagued by declining employment at the mines, as well as by a series of unfortunate "cave-ins" caused by poorly designed underground mines. The downtown area is full of boarded up shops and empty lots. The Vista Theatre is both a beacon of hope and a source of pride for the community. I know that small-town community-theatre is potentially risible: "Waiting for Guffman" is not a fantasy. But a living theatre is a place of dreams, a home for dreamers - and Negaunee needs dreams very badly right now. (I'm a bit of an amateur actor, and theatres are sacred places to me.) Al Kiefer keeps this place going with lots of duct tape, his amazing energy, and the support of a whole horde of volunteers, contributors, and gifted performers.
"Mid-Town Bakery and Antiques"
Home of "almost world famous cheesecake" and Marybeth's amazing hazlenut torte. Corey and Marybeth opened this bakery/antique shop in downtown Negaunee a few years ago - a good place to stop in for a cup of coffee and some local gossip. It's a fact: antique shops have helped save many small towns from desolation. It's an interesting reflection upon the changing economy of northern michigan: a shift from the blue-collar world of factories and mines toward one based upon tourism and shopping.
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