The Keweenaw County Historical Society is a group of volunteers who work hard to preserve and share 11 historic sites in one of the most historically rich counties of Northern Michigan.
History in a uniquely pure Michigan settingKeweenaw County is Michigan's northernmost county (and its smallest in population). It comprises the upper half of the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, a beckoning finger of land that stands out on any map of Lake Superior.
It is a region rich in history as well as natural beauty. Copper mining is a major historical theme, but commercial fishing, lumbering, maritime and life-saving history, and various ethnic stories are notable, too.
Out of the way?
We are not on the way to anywhere. We are isolated by our geography, always have been. This is what makes us unique.
Eagle River, the county seat of Keweenaw County is:
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All sites are closed for the season
100 years ago-
The ship was repaired and served a long life on The Great Lakes. When it was finally scrapped, its mast was acquired by Captain Richard Metz and donated to KCHS where it is now displayed.
You can find a bounty of stories about Keweenaw shipwrecks in our triannual newsletter The Superior Signal by becoming a member.