The Keweenaw Peninsula, also known as Copper Country, has pulled people here for thousands of years. First the native people found copper and mined it. In the 1700's Europeans tried mining here and in the 1840's the first American's stated mines on the peninsula. The first mine rush in US history started here in 1844 and by 1900 this area was booming. Laurium went from 1500 people in 1890 to 10000 in 1910. Houses, mansions and businesses were popping all over the Keweenaw. The Calumet area had almost 50,000 people by 1910 but the good times were not to last for long. Labor strikes and new lower cost mines out West casued the mining to decline and the population stated to leave the area. Today the Calumet area's population is around 5000 people but most of the buildings still remain to serve as a reminder of the boomtown era 100 years ago.
Keweenaw National Historical Park
Laurium Manor Mansion Tour is a Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. It was one of the original Cooperating Sites of the park when the program was created in 1993.
The Park was established in 1992 to commemorate the rich history of copper mining on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan - the only place in the world where commercially abundant quantities of elemental copper occurred. It has the oldest metal mining heritage in the western hemisphere -- one which dates back 7,000 years. Click on "more" for more information about this National Park.