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  • Small Cottage On the Lighthouse Grounds
    Small Cottage On the Lighthouse Grounds
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    View of Lighthouse From Lake Superior
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  • View of Lake Superior From Sand Hills Lighthouse
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    Visit the Historic Sand Hills Lighthouse

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Feb 1, 2009

    If you enjoy historic lighthouses, visit the Sand Hills Lighthouse on Five Mile Point Road near Ahmeek. This historic lighthouse is no longer active, and is now a privately owned bed and breakfast, but you are welcome to walk around on the grounds, and they offer a tour of the inside once a day. Last time I checked the public tour was at 3:00 in the afternoon, and the cost was $5.00. You can call the number below to double check this before driving out. The lighthouse is the largest and last manned lighthouse built on the Great Lakes. It was built in 1917 and housed three light keepers along with their families. It was manned until 1939, at which time the Coast Guard automated the station. During World War II the property was used as a train site, and 200 men livered there. It then stood vacant until it was sold in 1985 by a government action.

    Directions Drive Hwy. 41 to Ahmeek, then turn left at the first street. Right after turning, you'll see signs directing you to Five Mile Point Road, where you will then continue for eight miles to the lighthouse.

    The Historic Sand Hills Lighthouse Side Entrance to the Lightghouse Small Cottage On the Lighthouse Grounds View of Lighthouse From Lake Superior View of Lake Superior From Sand Hills Lighthouse
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    A Maritime History Exhibit

    by KimberlyAnn Written Jul 25, 2007

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    Drive along highway 26 for about 32 miles to the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse museum. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse was built in1871, and is one of the most photographed spots in the Keweenaw. This historic museum complex is the Keweenaw area’s maritime history exhibit. 21 light keepers maintained and operated this light station until 1980 when it was automated. In 1999 the United States Congress transferred ownership of the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse to the Keeweenaw County Historical Society. The museums that you will find at this light station include period furnishings, the history of Eagle Harbor, the old fog signal building and watch building, a Keweenaw mining museum, and a Keweenaw commercial fishing museum. The Coast Guard, however, continues to operate the light at the top of the tower. The museum is open from mid-June to early October.

    Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
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    A Self Guided Mine tour

    by KimberlyAnn Written Oct 10, 2006

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    Take a self-guided tour of the Delaware Copper Mine which is located about 18 miles north of Calumet along U.S. highway 41. This is an authentic copper mine dating back to 1847-1887. Eight million pounds of copper were removed from its five shafts that reached a depth of 1400 feet. Your visit will take you down into the first level of shaft number 1 which is at a depth of 110 feet. Good walking shoes are recommended, and due to a temperature of 45 degrees in the mine, you will also need a jacket. The Delaware Mine is open daily mid-May to mid-October.

    Walk into the Deleware Copper Mine, Photo by Scott My daugher-in-law, Keri.  Photo by my son, Scott.
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    Other communities to vist of interest.

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Mar 24, 2006

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    See my Houghton page's "Must See" and "Off the Beaten Path" items where you will learn of some other worthwhile activities to do while in the area. Take special note of the Quincy Mining Company, a cooperating site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. It would be a shame to be in the Calumet area and not visit this wonderful mining museum complete with an underground tour. Also visit my Copper Harbor pages. This small tourist town lies at the very northern tip of the UP and will give you a beautiful view of Lake Superior. If you enjoy museums take special note of the Copper Harbor Lighthouse Tour and Fort Wilkins State Park/Historical Museum Complex, another of the Keweenaw National Historical Park Cooperating Sites.

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