Keweenaw National Historical Park

Overview

From 7,000 years ago to the 1900s people mined Keweenaw copper. Native peoples made copper into tools and trade items. Investors and immigrants arrived in the 1800s in a great mineral rush, developing thriving industries and cosmopolitan communities. Though the mines have since closed, their mark is still visible on the land and people. Keweenaw National Historical Park is made up of partner sites and two federally designated units - Quincy and Calumet - located at the sites of former large-scale copper mines. The Calumet Unit of the park focuses on the preservation and interpretation of buildings and sites associated with the former Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company (C&H) and the Village of Calumet. Within the Quincy Unit are former Quincy Mining Company properties, including mine shafts, hoist houses and the copper smelting complex on the shore of Portage Lake. Most property within the units is privately owned. As the park continues to develop, additional services will become available.

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Seasonality / Weather

Lake Superior controls the Keweenaw Peninsula's climate. Spring is brief, damp and cool. Summer is sunny and mild with daytime highs in the 70s F near the lake and warmer inland. Fall arrives early in September. Through October the days are often mild, but nights are crisp. Winter arrives with the first accumulating snow, often in mid-November. Snow blankets the ground from Thanksgiving to late April. Average annual snowfall ranges from 180 to 250 inches. Besides creating abundant snowfall, Lake Superior moderates temperatures, making winters milder than in surrounding areas.

Directions

Driving: 

From the Mackinaw Bridge/I-75 take US-2 to M-77 N to M-28 W. Take M-28/US-41 west from Marquette. Follow US-41 into Houghton and across the lift bridge into Hancock. From Ironwood,MI/Hurley, WI take US-2 E to M-28 E to M-26 N into Houghton and across the lift bridge. From Green Bay, WI take US-141 N through Iron Mountain and Crystal Falls to M-28 E to US-41 N into Houghton and across the lift bridge. The Quincy Unit of the park is located just north of Hancock, MI, along US-41. The Calumet Unit is located in and around the Village of Calumet, MI, about eight miles north of the Quincy Unit on US-41.

Flying: 

Daily scheduled air service is provided to the Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX) by Northwest Airlink (800) 225-2525. Rental cars are available at the airport and from auto dealers.

Public Transport: 

Charter bus service is available through Superior Coaches and Delivery of Houghton, (906) 487-6511. Inter-city bus service is provided by Greyhound Bus Lines.