"Calumet, Michigan Near My Second Home" Calumet by KimberlyAnn

Calumet Travel Guide: 42 reviews and 69 photos

A place I visit every summer.

Calumet is located northwest of Houghton along Highway 26, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula region. The word "calumet" is an Indian name for the clay stone bowl of the peace pipe. Under the direction of Alexander Agassiz, Swiss-born, Harvard-educated scientist and son of the world-famous geologist, Louis Agassiz, the Calumet and Hecla copper mining companies merged in 1871 into the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company. These companies began in the mid-1800s to work one of the richest copper deposits in the world. With his managerial skills and technical knowledge, along with financial backing of Boston investors, Agassiz made C&H the dominant mining company in the Copper Range. In the 1870s the Calumet/Hecla Company mined 50 percent of the nation's copper. Calumet became the most civilized community in the Copper Country with a population of over 50,000. I have been told that Calumet was even a candidate as the state capital of Michigan. Today, with the copper mining era over, Calumet with its present population of about 800 is a pretty little town with many church steeples, whose entire five-block downtown area is a designated Historical District.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:If you enjoy learning about the history of an area, you will love Calumet.
  • Cons:Watch out for biting flies and mosquitoes.
  • Intro Updated Oct 5, 2011
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Great page of former copper mining town. Enjoying reading your adventure here. Cheers, SL :)

  • Apr 7, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    You obviously don't understand the use of flannel - it is harder for deer to see it. And too spell "deer" it's not "dear" dear. yeah there are all kinds of people and they are everywhere but, those who live in glass houses.... Have a good day eh!

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2005 at 6:35 PM

    Hi Anne. I enjoyed my virtual tour through Calumet. We have a church in Augusta that is similiar in fate as St. Anne's. I remember those biting flies. Marcia

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2004 at 10:31 AM

    What a delightful read and look-see. I love this area in Michigan and sincerely enjoyed reading about Calumet . Laurium Manor is so picturesque. Loved seeing Calumet Theatre, and St. Anne's and St. Paul's. Wonderful travelogue, too.

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2003 at 7:13 PM

    I was raised in a small town and can appreciate the charm of the live style. Very interesting page.

  • Mandy23's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2003 at 11:43 AM

    Good information and photos!

  • jorgblaser's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2003 at 2:17 PM

    looks very nice!!! joerg

  • o00o's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2002 at 3:19 PM

    Seems like an interesting page to visit.

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