Introduction to Ironwood, Michigan
The first settlers arrived in Ironwood in 1885 and it was officially incorporated as a village in 1887. In 1889, Ironwood became a city and the northern township area was incorporated as Ironwood Township. Originally, the region was an iron mining town, and extensive exploration of the vast iron ore deposits led to the establishment of numerous mines. It also resulted in rapidly infiltration by immigrants. Fredrick Rhinelander named the place in honor of his mining captain, James (Iron) Wood.
Ironwood and Nearby Attractions
- Ironwood Historical Depot Museum
- Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
- Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest
- Northwoods Children's Museum
- Amnicon Falls State Park
Things To Do In Ironwood
Exhibits on regional history can be viewed at the Vilas County Historical Museum, the Madeline Island Historical Museum, and the Ashland Historical Society Museum. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, which has 12 miles of lakeshore and 21 islands, is suitable for sailing, boating, camping, swimming, scuba diving, hiking, and picnicking. Bald eagles and black bears can also be seen in this area. Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, which covers 225,000 acres, is another popular place to visit. Parks in the area include the Big Bay State Park, Lake Gogebic State Park, Porcupine Mountains State Park, and Copper Falls State Park. The community also celebrates the Gogebic County Fair, Festival Ironwood, and Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade every year.
Air transportation is available from the Duluth International Airport.
Ironwood Higher Education
The city of Ironwood is home to the Gogebic Community College. The University of Minnesota, Michigan Technological University, and North Central Technical College are also located close by.