"Iron Range Town with Many Bars" Hurley by yooperprof

Hurley Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 10 photos

Hurley is the seat of Iron County, very appropriate for a place that was a mining boom town 100 years ago. It developed the reputation of a wide-open city, the kind of fun "wild west" town where "anything goes" and the bars stayed open 24-7.

The mines have been closed now for almost 40 years, and people have been leaving to find greater opportunities elsewhere. Iron County's population is only a little over 6000, Hurley has about 1800 people, many of them living in nursing homes. Geriatric care is the only bright spot in the local economy now.

Silver Street, the main avenue through Hurley, is still lined with bars and taverns. You wouldn't think it was possible for a town this size to support so many drinking establishments, but apparently it's good business here.

On the corner is the "Bank Club Bar & Grill" - formerly the Hurley National Bank. Somebody could write a socio-economic treatise about Silver Street!

Legal boundaries

Hurley Wisconsin is separated from Ironwood Michigan by the Montreal River. It's not exactly the Mississippi, but it's as good a place to have a "state line" as any other.

  • Last visit to Hurley: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Sep 6, 2004
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2006 at 12:15 PM

    Another fun page, Chet. The coffee House looks grand, and the Italian Restaurant via Swiss architecture intrigues me. Thanks.


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