Introduction to Houghton, Michigan
Douglas Houghton is believed to have discovered copper in Houghton which explains the city's name. However, before the European settlement, the Native Americans had also mined copper. Numerous Cornish and Finnish immigrants came to work in the copper mines, and The Michigan School of Mines was founded in 1885. The earliest European settler was Ransom Sheldon. When the Keweenaw Waterway opened in 1873, it established Houghton as an important port. The post war boom and increased demand for copper wiring led to rapid development of Houghton during the 1860s and 1870s. By 1880, Houghton had become a prosperous city in Michigan.
Houghton and Nearby Attractions
- Coppertown USA Mining Museum Complex
- Fort Wilkins Historic Complex
- F.J. McLain State Park
- Hancock Recreation Area
- Twin Lakes State Park
Things To Do In Houghton
Fort Wilkins Historic Complex and Coppertown USA Mining Museum Complex have historical artifacts on display. The Wilkins Historic State Park, Twin Lakes State Park, and Hancock Recreation Area offers provisions for various recreational activities like hiking, fishing, and mountain biking. Golf can be played at Portage Lake Golf Course.
Air transportation is available from Sawyer International Airport.
Houghton Higher Education
Colleges and universities located near Houghton are Northern Michigan University, North Central Technical College, University of Wisconsin, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.