Introduction to Iron Mountain, Michigan
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.