Honoring history

Plaques honoring those associated with the iron mining industry are on display in the Negaunee museum.

By Larry Chabot

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum—a first class museum in a first rate facility—has been educating and entertaining visitors for over 30 years. Regional iron mining history started near here in 1844 with the discovery of iron deposits by surveyor William Burt (who is also credited with inventing the typewriter). Evidence of this rich mining heritage is visible everywhere in this museum, where people learn about mining, its impact on range communities, and the huge capital and human investment which made Michigan an early industrial force.

But where is it? Until 10 years ago, the place was hard to find, tucked back in the forest. A typical access from US-41 (only half a mile away) required a drive down M-35 to County Road 492 to the west end of the Negaunee Cemetery, where drivers negotiated a twisting drive through the woods to the site. Now, a much-needed access road from US-41 just west of WLUC-TV and Michigan State Police headquarters, makes for a short hop. But don’t miss the highway signs or you’ll pass it by…

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