Introduction to Iron Mountain, Michigan

Iron Mountain, Michigan, in Dickinson county, is 90 miles N of Green Bay, Wisconsin (center to center) and 192 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Iron Mountain History

In 1879, settlers arrived in Iron Mountain, drawn by the presence of iron in the region. Dr. Nelson Powell Hulst and James John Hagerman, who discovered this area and leased it from Henry Chapin, established the Chapin Mine and the Chapin Mine Pumping Engine. This pumping engine was modeled on the ones used in Cornwall, and is the largest steam engine in the world. It was in operation till 1932, when the mine shut down. In 1987, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers designated the pumping engine as a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Monument.

Iron Mountain and Nearby Attractions

  • Menominee Range Historical Museum
  • Cornish Pump Engine and Mining Museum
  • Bewabic State Park
  • Millie Mine Bat Cave

Things To Do In Iron Mountain

The city of Iron Mountain is home to the Cornish Pump Engine and Mining Museum, and the Menominee Range Historical Museum. These museums have various artifacts of historical importance on display. The Iron Mountain Mine provides guided tours through the underground drifts and stopes. IXL Historical Museum, and Jake Menghini Historical Museum are also close by. Bewabic State Park, which is on the Fortune Lake, has nature trails and offers facilities for fishing, boating, and swimming. The Iron Mountain area, with its waterways, forest lands, and miles of trails, provides a host of recreational opportunities including hunting, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and biking. Golfing and skiing can be enjoyed at the Pine Mountain Golf and Ski Resort. The Millie Mine Bat Cave is another popular place to visit. This abandoned mine shaft houses one of the largest colonies of hibernating bats in North America.

Iron Mountain Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Sawyer International Airport.

Iron Mountain Higher Education

Northern Michigan University, University of Wisconsin, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and Saint Norbert College are close to the city of Iron Mountain.


Total Population 7,571
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 17.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,877
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 50.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.5%
Median Earnings25+ $28,910
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,167
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,774


Median Family Income $48,503
% Above Poverty Level 84.4%
% Below Poverty Level 15.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 32.8%
Median Gross Rent $660
Median House Value $73,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.2%
US/American 0%
English 10.3%
Irish 11.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Iron Mountain Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 90 miles N of Green Bay, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 192 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Dickinson
Standard Zip Codes 49801, 49802, 49831
Phone Area Codes 906
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.82
Longitude -88.065

Iron Mountain Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 24 F
Apr Temp 29 to 53 F
Jul Temp 55 to 80 F
Oct Temp 34 to 56 F
Annual Precip 30 inches
Distance 11.5 miles
Jan Temp -3 to 20 F
Apr Temp 28 to 51 F
Jul Temp 53 to 79 F
Oct Temp 33 to 53 F
Annual Precip 30 inches
Distance 29.8 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 25 F
Apr Temp 29 to 54 F
Jul Temp 54 to 80 F
Oct Temp 34 to 57 F
Annual Precip 31.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Iron Mountain, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Kingsford (49801)

Felch (49831)

Kingsford Retail (49801)

Northland (49831)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alpha 75 $41,250
Crystal Falls 1,683 $46,184
Kingsford 5,104 $51,441
Norway 2,820 $52,243

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Iron Mountain Public Libraries

Dickinson County Library
Iron Mountain, Michigan
(906) 774-1218
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Iron Mountain Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(906) 774-1313
Emergency Service: Yes

Iron Mountain VA Medical Center
325 East H Street
(906) 774-3300 or (800) 215-8262
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Historic Iron Mountain


Sill chain and morticer (Iron Mountain) 1924 Jan. 30.

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Sill chain and morticer (Iron Mountain) 1924 Jan. 30.

Whiks gang 32 bladesaw (Iron Mountain) c1924 Jan. 30.

Saw mill & hot pond (Ford Motor Co) 1924 May 31.

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