Keweenaw National Historic Park
25970 Red Jacket Road
PO Box 471
Calumet, Michigan 49913
WELCOME to Keweenaw National Historic Park
Keweenaw's Copper Story
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.
Exploring the Park
The national historical park consists of two separate units -
Quincy and Calumet - 12 miles apart. The two units are located at the
sites of former large-scale mines. The Quincy Mining Company property
illustrates the processes and technologies of copper mining. The
social, ethnic, commercial, and company planned aspects of a mining
community are revealed in the village of Calumet and the Calumet &
Most of the property within the two units is privately owned.
Please respect private property. As the park continues to develop,
more services and facilities will become available. Contact the park
for updated information.
Keweenaw Heritage Sites
Dozens of other cultural sites along the length of the Keweenaw
Peninsula, inside and outside official park boundaries, also
contribute to the park story, including historic districts and
nineteen official Keweenaw Heritage Site partners. Together the
National Park Service and partner sites preserve and interpret the
stories associated with the mining history. Many of these sites
provide tours or exhibits to help you learn more about our heritage.
Want to learn more about Keweenaw National Historical Park? Come
join a ranger for a guided-tour. Regularly-schedule programs are
offered beginning in late June and run through late August.
Union Building Interior Rehabilitation Project
In 2008, the park received funding to begin planning for the
rehabilitation of the interior of Calumet's Union Building and the
design of exhibits to interpret the social story of the community.
Find out more about this project including updates on its status.
History & Culture
Copper has shaped the people and places on the Keweenaw Peninsula
for thousands of years. Early native peoples began mining and using
copper here over 7,000 years ago. After Europeans arrived in the area,
they learned of the copper resources from the Ojibwa people.
English attempts at mining began in the 1700s but at first were
unsuccessful. By the 1840s however, the setting was finally ripe for
"copper fever" to take hold, creating one of the first
mineral mining rushes in the United States.
Though many mining ventures quickly played out, some were
successful at creating an enduring industry in the remote Keweenaw
Peninsula. For over 100 years, the copper mining industry played a
role in shaping the lives and landscapes of people and communities.
Here you can explore their stories.
Did You Know?
Many copper mining companies in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula followed
a management practice known as corporate paternalism. The companies
provided housing, schools, hospitals, libraries, bath houses and other
amenities in order to attract and retain a loyal and productive
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