We traveled today up the Keweenaw Peninsula to Michigan’s northernmost shores. The Keweenaw Peninsula contains one of the world’s largest deposits of copper. Little, if any mining is done there today, but there are reminders everywhere of the days when mining was widespread. There are tours available through the mines, but that didn’t appeal to us.
At the very top of the peninsula sits Copper Harbor. In 1843, the discovery of the copper brought a need for law and order among the rapidly growing population of prospectors. In 1844, Fort Wilkins was built. It was abandoned just two years later (with a brief regarrison in the late 1860’s).
The fort has been well preserved, and we enjoyed the glimpse into 19th century army life on the northern frontier. Visiting with the three “residents” present today made us feel for a while that we had really stepped back in time. The living history role players are from the nearby college, and fulfill their role very well.
For a look at our pictures from the Fort, CLICK HERE.
Upon leaving Copper Harbor, we drove up nearby Brockway Mountain. The 8 mile scenic drive takes you more than 700 feet above Lake Superior. The views were fantastic.
Half way up, looking down on Copper Harbor
We spotted a freighter on Lake Superior
When we reached the summit, the freighter was still in view
Great view in every direction
A s we headed back down the peninsula, we spotted the sign for Silver River Falls, and stopped long enough to walk the short trail along the falls. I finally had the chance to photograph the ferns we have been admiring throughout northern Michigan.
For more information on the above locations, here are some interesting links: