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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,535
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens19.4%
Employed Population 16+2,877
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married52.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.3%
Median Earnings25+$30,081
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,838
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,973

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,375
% Above Poverty Level82.6%
% Below Poverty Level17.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone29.1%
Median Gross Rent$629
Median House Value$75,100

Ancestry

German20%
Italian18.7%
Swedish11.9%
Irish11%
English9.8%
Polish9%
French Except Basque7.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)7.2%
Finnish7.1%
Norwegian4.6%
Canadian3.8%
Dutch1.9%
Czech1.6%
Belgian0.9%
Austrian0.7%
Arab0.6%
Danishn0.6%
Serbian0.5%
Scottish0.4%
Croatian0.4%
Welsh0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Greek0.1%
Australian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
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Iron Mountain Almanac

CategoryValue
County Dickinson County
Standard Zip Codes49801, 49802, 49831
Phone Area Codes906
Time ZoneAmerica/Menominee
Approximate Latitude45.82
Approximate Longitude-88.06

Iron Mountain Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationIRON MTN-KINGSFORD WWTP
Distance2.7 miles
Jan Temp1 to 24 F
Apr Temp29 to 53 F
Jul Temp55 to 80 F
Oct Temp34 to 56 F
Annual Precip30 inches
StationBRULE ISLAND
Distance11.5 miles
Jan Temp-3 to 20 F
Apr Temp28 to 51 F
Jul Temp53 to 79 F
Oct Temp33 to 53 F
Annual Precip30 inches
StationSTEPHENSON 8 WNW
Distance29.8 miles
Jan Temp1 to 25 F
Apr Temp29 to 54 F
Jul Temp54 to 80 F
Oct Temp34 to 57 F
Annual Precip31.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alpha175$0
Crystal Falls1,618$48,583
Kingsford5,086$51,806
Norway2,809$53,209

Iron Mountain Public Libraries

Dickinson County Library
401 IRON MOUNTAIN STREET
Iron Mountain, Michigan
(906) 774-1218

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Iron Mountain Hospitals

Oscar G. Johnson Va Medical Center
(Government - Federal)
325 E H St
Dickinson County Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
1721 S Stephenson Ave

Iron Mountain Public Schools

Im-k Community Education
301 W Hughitt St
ZIP: 49801
(906) 779-2660
Other
Total Enrollment 123
East Elementary School
800 E E St
ZIP: 49801
(906) 779-2620
Middle
Total Enrollment 174
North Elementary School
900 5th St
ZIP: 49801
(906) 779-2626
Primary
Total Enrollment 204
Central Middle School
300 W B St
ZIP: 49801
(906) 779-2610
Middle
Total Enrollment 131
Iron Mountain High School
300 West B St
ZIP: 49801
(906) 779-2610
High
Total Enrollment 308

Iron Mountain Private Schools

Pine Mountain Christian School
N3770 Pine Mountain Rd
ZIP: 49801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
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Historic Iron Mountain

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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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