From over 7,000 years ago to the 1960s people have quarried or mined the rich copper deposits of the Keweenaw. First, it was Native peoples that fashioned the copper into tools and trade items. Much later came the eastern investors and immigrants in one of the nationís first large mineral rushes.
Copper built thriving industries and cosmopolitan communities in this remote, wild land. Mining companies like Calumet & Hecla and Quincy left a lasting mark on the land, communities and people. When the mines closed, their loss brought hardship and heartache.
Today, Keweenaw National Historical Park preserves the history and heritage of copper mining. The park also preserves the many stories associated with copper: stories of human struggle, ingenuity, vision and conflict.
Most visitor services for Keweenaw National Historical Park are provided through the park's
seventeen cooperating sites. The seventeen cooperating sites offer a wide range of activities including museums, mine tours, theatrical performances or hiking and camping. The cooperating sites are a collection of public and private entities. They are independently operated and should be contacted directly for information and schedules.
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.