Historical Sites/Attractions
Cornish Pump and Mining Museum
Cornish Pump and Mining Museum
300 Kent Street, Iron Mountain, MI - 906-774-1086Website | Map

Open 9 am to 5 pm Monday - Saturday
Noon to 4 pm - Sunday

The Cornish Pump is the largest steam-driven pumping engine built in the USA. It is a National and Michigan Historic Site. The Cornish Pump also displays a large collection of underground mining equipment and contains the Museum Gift Shop.

Two blocks west of US-2 on Kent Street. The museum's focal point is a 725 steeple compound condensing engine. Rising 54' from the engine room floor and documented as the Nation's largest engine capable of pumping 4.5 million gallons daily.


Immaculate Conception Church
Immaculate Conception Church
500 Blaine St, Iron Mountain, MIMap

This church reflects the heritage and building techniques of the Italian immigrants who built the church. The church is strikingly reminiscent of Renaissance parish churches in Italy. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1979 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.


Iron Mountain Iron Mine
Iron Mountain Iron Mine
W4852 US Highway 2, Vulcan, MI - (906) 563-8077Website | Map



You will never forget the thrilling experience of visiting the Iron Mountain Iron Mine. Watch expert miners operate modern mining machinery as you ride on the underground trains.

On US-2 in Vulcan, 10 miles east of Iron Mountain. Guided underground mine tours by train, through 2,600 feet of underground shafts to see the reality of iron mining.

Largest rock shop in the Upper Michigan.

Group rates and tours by appointment.


IXL Historical Museum
5551 W River Ave, Hermansville, MI - (906) 498-2498Website | Map

The rich history of Hermansville is truly preserved by one
of its greatest treasures.....the IXL Historical Museum.

The building, once the office of the Wisconsin Land & Lumber Company, stands essentially as it was built in 1881-82.  The Museum is home to countless items from Hermansville's lumbering and hardwood flooring era

IXL is derived from the working "I excel", a mark of the superiority of the Wisconsin Land & Lumber Company products. It was built in 1881, a richly preserved memorial of the great timber era. Enjoy office equipment, furniture, and tools, elegant furnishing, ceiling Fresco, machinery, and flooring samples.

Open: Memorial Day thru Labor Day, 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. CT. Special groups by appointment.


Jake Menghini Historical Museum
105 Odill Road, Norway , MI -  (906) 563-5586Website | Map

Memorial Day thru late September --- Fri, Sat, Sun 1- 4 pm

Just west of Norway, near the train overpass and Norway Spring.

The museum is set up like a little town, with a grocery store, clothing store, dentist office, hardware store, jail, ice cream & creamery, funeral home, school and church. There are special displays set up in the middle of the museum, and there is a great genealogy area. The public is invited to tour the museum and research their family trees.


Menominee Range Historical Museum
Menominee Range Historical Museum
300 E. Ludington Street, Iron Mountain, MI - (906) 774-4276Website | Map

Closed for the Season

Our Ludington St. facility near downtown is the former Carnegie Library, and it is a Michigan Historic Site. It features 101+ exhibits about life in the late 1800s and after. Children can sit in an 1800s classroom. There's a hands-on General Store. Recent special rotating exhibitions have been Family Bibles, School Readers, Ladies Hats, Railroads.

Summer hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Labor Day. One block east of US-2 at 300 East Ludington Street. Over 100 dramatic, turn-of-the-century exhibits of life on the Menominee Iron Range. Thousands of artifacts are displayed in authentic settings.


Millie Mine Bat Viewing Area
Iron Mountain , MI

Iron Mountain Wildlife viewing site area with information on Upper Peninsula bats. A covered mine shaft allows bats to enter and leave the shaft where they hybernate in the winter months. Best viewing times are approximately May and September.

The visible portion of this site is small and inconspicuous—just the mouth of an abandoned iron ore mine that is covered with a special steel grate. But what lies beneath the surface is another story. A steep mine shaft drops 360 feet into the earth, providing a roosting and hibernation chamber for bats. The mine entrance is just a short walk from the site parking area. This abandoned mine is just one of thousands that were created in the upper peninsula throughout its rich mining history. Mine shafts opened in search of iron, gold, copper, and uranium. Many mine shafts have been closed with rock, earth, even old car bodies, to reduce their hazard to humans, but unfortunately, also destroying their value to over-wintering bats. The special grate on the Millie Mine prevents people from falling into its vertical shaft, yet allows bats to come and go as they please. This is one of about 30 sites that have been protected with similar bat entrance grates in the Upper Peninsula. It is the first one to be developed as a bat interpretive site.

Directions

From the intersection of US-141 and US-2, drive west on US-2 for 1.8 miles. Turn right (north) and proceed about one mile to the parking area, which is just over the hill on the left (west) side of the street. The entrance to the cave is a short walk up the hill from the parking area.


Pine Mountain Ski Jump
Pine Mountain Ski Jump
Iron Mountain, MI

The "King of Hills", this 123.5 meter ski slide is one of the highest artificial ski jumps. The scaffold is 186 ft high, and the lenght of the slide is 381 feet. An information kiosk is located at the bottom of the jump with history and information.  


Rainbow's End Alpaca's
W6139 US 2, Norway, MI - 906-563-7034Website | Map

We are nestled on the western edge of Upper Michigan, right along the Wisconsin border in Norway MI.  My husband Dave and I (Mary Lynn) began our alpaca journey 10 years ago and have loved the changes it's brought to our lives.  Alpacas are truly a unique and awesome animal.  Visitors enjoy watching them peacefully grazing, then come into our 1700 sq. foot store and continue to enjoy a serine atmosphere where they can shop for luxurious alpaca apparel or find many quality yarns and supplies.  Among our yarns they will find many skeins of Rainbow's Gold Yarn, created from our very own animals' fiber.  


The Norway Spring
The Norway Spring
US 2, Norway, MIMap

In 1878 a sawmill was erected here as the first industry in the Norway - Vulcan area. John O'Callaghan was owner of this mill which supplied early mining number needs until 1902. This spring was caused by a 1094 foot hole which was drilled in 1903 by the Oliver Mining Company in search of iron ore. The hole cuts several steeply dipping porous strata that trap water at the higher elevations to the north. The difference in elevation causes pressure: this pressure is released by the drilled hole demonstrating the principle of the artesian well. On the slope to the north are the obscure workings of the Few and Munro mines, operated in 1903-1922, now owned by the Ford Motor Company.

This roadside stop now offers free water to all. Fresh, clean and cold, this is a great spot to stop on fill your water bottles and stretch your legs. There is a small picnic area as well. It is located just on the west city limits of Norway, right on US-2. 


Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame
N3332 Pine Mountain Rd, Iron Mountain, MIMap

A sports hall of fame to honor men and women from Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 


Upper Peninsula Veterans Memorial
Iron Mountain, MIWebsite

The Upper Peninsula Veterans Memorial is dedicated to pay tribute to the members of the armed services and to their memory. The Memorial is located next to the Pine Mountain Ski Jump.


Mission
Come to the U.P. Veterans Memorial, bring your family and friends. You will find it to be a place to rest, reflect, and reminisce upon the past - to remember comrades at arms, past, present, and future - a place to heal and find closure, a place to say welcome home, thank you for a job well done. The ultimate tribute to their lasting sacrifice.
Company Overview
A place to inspire future generations and define what one means by

"For love of Country."

"You will never be forgotten."
General Information
A tribute to those that served from the jungles of Vietnam to frigid Korea, from the battlefields of WW I and WW II, Europe and Japan to the Islands of the South Pacific, sands of the Middle East, and to all who have answered the call to arms, the call to defend our freedom and way of life.

The Upper Peninsula Veterans Memorial represents all 15 counties of the U.P. as well as recognizing in granite the eras of Vietnam, Lebanon-Granada, the Gulf Wars, Korea and WW I &WW II. At the base of each granite marker are pavers containing the names of those whose memory is honored and shared by others. These pavers are available for sale to honor your loved ones. Space has been allocated at the U. P. Veterans Memorial to honor our service men and women engaged in the war in the Middle East.


World War II Glider and Military History Museum
World War II Glider and Military History Museum
300 Kent St, Iron Mountain, MI - 906-774-1086Website | Map

Open 9 am to 5 pm Monday - Saturday
Noon to 4 pm - Sunday

During World War II, the Ford Motor Co., in Kingsford, built more of the engineless gliders than any other company. The World War II Glider and Military Museum features the 8th totally restored CG 4A Glider in the World!! This impressive museum holds unique collections of military uniforms from the Civil War through Iraq-Afghanistan. Other memorabilia includes fantastic displays of WWII photographs, German artifacts, 1930’s rare Model AA Ford Dump Truck, Model A Ford Tudor and the “Heiserman”, ¾ size Piper Cub replica used extensively in WWII, exciting WWII footage and personal stories of glider riders, Wall of Military and General Plaques honoring those who served along with the names of donors and more.

Restoration of the glider, and the idea for a Glider Museum , began when the Historical Foundation received a deteriorated fuselage frame. The glider was originally owned by Olaf and Beatrice Blomquist of Iron Mountain who purchased it for $75 sometime after the war ended from the Ford Plant in Kingsford when surplus gliders were offered for sale. The Blomquist’s, in turn, sold it to their nephew, Vernon (Janie) Anderson of Metropolitan where it was used as a play house and hunting camp. The prized artifact was much later donated in 2005 by the Anderson ’s to the Historical Foundation. Interest generated enough funds to make the restoration possible and a suitable museum was then built to house the plane. The WWII Glider and Military Museum opened in July, 2011.

Open Monday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm. Sunday 12-4. Call ahead for more information and pricing.