Caretakers of the past, stewards of the future
The Bammert Blacksmith Shop
Please note that Bammert Blacksmith Shop will not be open in 2021 for viewing. There will be extensive repair work taking place. The building will have all of its contents removed and stored until restoration is completed. The Teacher Restoration Corps will be here around the middle of July for approximately 10 days to work on the project and Duane Coponen will complete the work.
Donated to the Society in 1998 by the grandsons of blacksmith Amos Bammert, the shop was built in the 1880s at the Cliff Mine location and moved to Phoenix in about 1906. Amos, born in 1863, operated the shop until his death in 1940. Blacksmiths were much in demand in the early days of Keweenaw copper mining, as horse-drawn carriages and wagons were the principal means of land transportation until the arrival of the Keweenaw railroad in 1907.
(Photo: The Bammert Blacksmith shop is in Phoenix, Michigan, near the Phoenix Church.)
In addition to shoeing horses, blacksmiths could repair and make almost anything made of metal. Amos built buggies, sleighs, and wagon wheels in this shop. Many of the tools of the blacksmith trade, including the forge, were left undisturbed in the building when the business was closed. The Society has restored the building's exterior and interior, exhibiting the shop and equipment as they were at the end of the nineteenth century.
(Photo: Inside the Bammert Blacksmith Shop.)
Visiting the Bammert Blacksmith Shop
Location- The Bammert Blacksmith Shop is located just north of Phoenix, along M26 towards Eagle River. GPS: N 47 23.558 W 88 16.593, Decimal Degrees: 47.392635, -88.27655
KCHS museum sites and the cottage rentals will be opening for the Summer of 2021, except the Bammert Blacksmith Shop which is closed for repairs. Sites expect to open buildings during the week of June 20th. See the museum sites’ webpages for opening dates and hours.
Public events have NOT been scheduled, except for the Woodward Concert in Copper Harbor on September 22nd and Cider Making at Central on September 25th; both events will be held outside. See the Events/Adventures in History webpage for more information.
The Keweenaw County Historical Society’s Board of Directors will follow the COVID-19 Epidemic Orders issued by the State of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services. These public health orders are updated as needed, so KCHS may need to change access to buildings and events. This spring, group events held inside community buildings were not allowed. Therefore, KCHS cancelled the Adventures in History programs for the summer.
Please check back for updates.