The Cliffs Shaft Museum in Ishpeming commemorates an underground iron mine that was in operation on this site for a century, from 1867 to 1967.One of the fascinating features of the old mine is the enormous monumental air shaft,, designed in the form of an Egyptian obelisk! Now, in the 21st century it's a familiar landmark in Ishpeming, and an easy...more
Now some people might be surprised that the premiere American skiing museum should be located in Michigan. And not, say, in Colorado or Idaho. But think "history," people! Ski-ing in North America originated in the late 19th century with local clubs dedicated to ski jumping and cross-country. The members of those clubs were overwhelmingly...more
Have you ever thought about including a tour of an iron mine on your travel agenda? If so, I can strongly recommend the Tilden Mine Tour. The Tilden operates daily tours in the peak travel season, from June 1 to August 15. This is part of American history and life that not too many people get to see. The mines are the largest non-governmental...more
Congress Pizza is a local legend and a place with a historic vibe. The walls are covered with images of Ishpeming's past, including a number from the time - 50 years ago - when Hollywood came to town, for the making of the Otto Preminger film "Anatomy of a Murder" - with Jimmy Stewart, Lee Remick and George C. Scott.Personally, I would not say that...more
Ok, "Supper Club" might sound a little "uppety", as the Venice is actually just a nice little restaurant tucked in the back of a bar, but the food and service is fabulous! Don't let the location or entering the "bar" intimidate you as , once you sit down in the dining room, you're FAMILY. Especially on Saturday night when they serve a buffet and...more
Did you know that there is a sizable Italian-American population in the Upper Peninsula? Many of them came over to work in the mines in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and their descendents are still here. The Venice Supper Club features Italian and American steaks, pastas, and fish at small-town prices. It's a little bit old fashioned -...more
Owned by the same family for over a century. Andriacchi's feature excellent Italian-style cheeses, pastas, cookies, and olive oils, as well as local crafts, and an assortment of clothing and collectibles as well.
Robert Archibald - who is originally from Ishpeming and now is Director of the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis - write memorably about Andriacchi's in his book "A Place to Remember."
Ishpeming has plenty of beautiful old Victorian homes that are quite inexpensive. In recent years, a number of "real estate refugees" have moved to Ishpeming in order to find reasonably priced homes, escaping higher prices and a tighter market down the hill in Marquette. A general rule of thumb is that you can generally get twice as much house for...more
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