Okay, so you're probably wondering how in the world did the International Frisbee Hall of Fame and Museum end up in snow-belt isolated small town Calumet Michigan.Well, the answer is that the first organized and internationally recognized Frisbee competition took place near here, at Eagle Harbor, a little bit further up the Keweenaw...more
During the winter you can catch one heck of a ride on the Swedetown sledding hill. Groomed for extra speed and sterability, this hill can provide plenty of fun and EXCERCISE!Beware of days when the hill is full of little children. I've heard many a story of head-on collisions.more
St. Anne's Church is being developed into the Keweenaw Heritage Center Museum. This church is one of the great ethnic churches in the Copper County. I love this beautiful structure, with its gothic arched entrance that marches back in steps. As the copper mining industry developed immigrants flocked to the area to work in the mines. First the...more
The Calumet Theatre offers 45 minute tours June through color season Tuesday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Due to performance schedules there may be some exceptions to these tour times. This theatre is very ornate inside, and the murals that originally graced the proscenium arch were recreated in 1999. Early in the 1900's during the copper boom the...more
Coppertown U.S.A. Mining Museum in Calumet is a cooperating site of the Keweenaw National Historic Park. This museum will give you a wonderful introduction to America's first real mining boom. For this reason you may wish to make this one of the early things that you visit in the area. The museum is housed in the former Calumet and Hecla mine...more
Cute little Tex/Mex and Southwestern Restaurant in Calumet, located in the burgeoning arts district downtown. Nice to have this option here! All the traditional favorites, and drink specials that include the very unique "Thimbleberry Margarita"!Open seven days a week, for both lunch and dinner.more
Originally this building was part of a chain of bars and taverns operated by the Bosch Brewery, dominant local beer craftsmen. In the early twentieth century, they employed the finest European-style craftsmen (no doubt immigrants from Germany) to design and decorate their establishments. Fortunately, a number of these bars have survived - and in...more
Shute's Saloon is one of the most lovely bars in northern Michigan, IMHO. It retains much of its early 20th century atmosphere, with a beautifully restored pressed tin ceiling and delightful stained glass canopy above the wooden bar. Worth taking a peak just for the history of the place - said to be in continuous operation since 1895.more
Check out the schedule at the Calumet Theatre. Everything from the National Shakespeare Company and the Duluth Symphony to Doo-wop, Richie Havens, country western shows, folk festivals, community theater events, the Nutcracker, and local dance and school plays are performed here. The theater also has a "Club Indigo" series which includes a dinner...more
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Northwest Air Link provides daily flights to the Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX) located outside of Hancock. From their website you can also find information on taking a seaplane flight to Isle Royal Naional park.
Travelers arriving at the airport must have their own vehical to explore the Copper Country and visit the historical sites. Car rentals are available at the airport.
The Yard Sale has an outstanding inventory of records, books, antiques, collectibles and local history artifacts/items. One great thing about it is it has something for young and old. Kids can buy video games, books, CDs, toys, etc. while parents can browse the items more typical of an antique store in an historically significant...more
The Wood’n Spoon features handmade jams, jellies, berry syrups, and baked goods. Some of these are made from wild berries, which are picked in the Keweenaw. Others are grown on their own 20-acre pesticide free farm. One of their most popular items is Wild Thimbleberry Jam (see photo 2). Thimbleberries only grow in a few places in the U.S., and you...more
People who live in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula of MIchigan) are fondly called Yoopers. The U.P. has a diverse cultural mix originating from the copper mining boom. Experienced Cornish miner first arrived to work the mines, followed by the Finnish, Italians, Swedes, Croatians, Norwegians, Poles, Slovenians, Germans, and Hungarians. The Cornish miners called Cousin Jacks brought along their traditional pasties (meat pies in a crust) when they immigrated to the United States. The Finns soon adopted these as they made a good, warm, hardy meal in the mines. Pasties are still a traditional food found in many grocery stores and bakeries in the U.P. today. Nisu is another traditional food you can purchase in the U.P. Nisu was brought to the the area by Finnish people, and is a slightly sweet bread in the shape of a large braid.
Today Michigan Technological University has added it's own cultural mix with many professors and students from Asia, and other countries. So as we would say in the Upper Peninsula, Say ya to da U.P, eh?
YOOPERS! The picture should do most of the explaining! The plaid shirt and winter hat usually are a dead give-away! Yoopers are natives to the UP and usually drive pick-up trucks laden with mud in the summer or a dear strapped to the roof in the winter. Caution: beware of the yooper accent.more
There are black bears in the woods, so be aware of their presence, and if camping do not leave food or garbage lying around your campsite. Mosquitoes and black flies can be numerous in the U.P. Although they vary in numbers from year to year, I would recommend that you always come prepared with insect repellent.more
This is the same as my Houghton and Copper Harbor pages. The copper products that you see in local gift shops are not created from native copper. All our copper is deep under ground, and modern day open pit mining is less expensive than the deep mining techniques of the U.P. The copper bust of the ?Copper Country? is now only part of our rich history. I am not saying that you shouldn?t purchase these items, but I just do not want you to do so believing you are buying products made from local copper.
Bring a raincoat and a medium to warm jacket a swell as your summer clothing, you never can tell what might be needed. If you are coming in the winter, bring boots and warm clothing. Insect repellent is highly recommended for all seasons except winter. This is the same as on my Houghton page---This depends on where you go, and what your purpose...more
I'd plan for hiking... there are lots of opportunities. Prepare for wind, cold during season. Nothing unusual. Definately bring binoculars & camera! Lots of uses for both close-up and long-range photos. Bug repellant and skin protection, sun glasses, hiking boots, water bottle/canteen. List of books and collectibles you want to buy.more
Bring warm clothing no matter what time of year you go!Temps can range from the 90's (Farenheit) in the summer to -15 in the winter!Winter:ice skatessnow bootsmittensa warm hatSummer:swimsuitfly-swattera sweater for the cooler nights If you plan on doing some back-packing:bug sprayPoison Ivy-repellent The water here is definately much colder...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Swiss-born copper mining pioneer, executive of the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company from 1871 to 1910. The base of the sculpture carries the inscription "A man of science who developed a great mine and wrought the welfare of its people." The seated bronze was made by Paul Wayland Bartlett (1865-1925), a student of the great Rodin. It's located at...more
Pick up information about the Keweenaw National Historical Park at the visitor center on U.S. 41, as well as a brochure for a walking tour of the areas historic commercial buildings. Check out my Houghton, Michigan Off the Beaten Path pages for other things to do around the Copper Country area.Below is the official web address for the Keweenaw...more