Favorite thing: The statue of "Old Ish," a valiant native American, stands guard at the entrance to Ishpeming's Downtown. As part of the town's recent revivial, he was recently scrubbed up and re-painted. (Notice the oversized blue and white "Finnish" chair next to him.)
Favorite thing: 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 your dollar in Ish as compared to Marquette.
The downside is that, in a typical year, Ish receives about twice as much snow as Marquette: 250 as compared to 125 inches.
This is an attractive old place that my friends Frank and Josh are restoring on the east side of Ishpeming.
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