"A Mining Town After the Mines Are Shut Down" Calumet by yooperprof

Calumet Travel Guide: 42 reviews and 69 photos

I happened to find myself in Calumet last October on the evening of the annual Homecoming Parade. This quintessential small town ritual seemed inexpressably sad to me: some poignant contrast between the bright young faces and the irreversible decay of their community. Calumet - once proud capital of the copper mining industry in the Keewenaw Peninsula - was home to 25,000 hearty souls in the 1910s and 20s. Now its population is well under 1000, and the only thing mined in this region is its varied and rich ethnic heritage. But for most people who have roots in the copper country, there will be no homecoming.

Calumet, where Copper was King

Calumet was at the epicenter of the great Michigan, which lasted for about 70 years, from around 1860 to around 1930. Copper has left its indelible mark on this region, something which will become evident to even the most casual of visitors!

Birth of concrete pavement in Michigan

I have to admit I did not know that Calumet played such an important role in the development of the concrete paving industry in Michigan.

It says something about this community in its glory days - a century ago - that it was on the cutting edge of technological developments.

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  • Pros:A Historic Town that is become a cultural and historical center
  • Cons:Winters - oh boy, you really wouldn't believe me if I told you
  • Last visit to Calumet: Sep 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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