The Keweenaw Peninsula: Quincy Copper Mine and Copper Harbor

Love this story about copper mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This is a bucket list item (along with touring all of the UP)!

Erin Bartels

One of the coolest places my son and I went on our UP road trip back in June was the Keweenaw Peninsula, that bit of land you see jutting out of the Upper Peninsula (peninsulas within peninsulas!) and into Lake Superior on the map.

My son has long been interested in geology and rocks (as long as a child can have been interested in anything) and so I knew that our trip would have to include a visit to a mine up in copper country. The geologic history of the Keweenaw (pronounced KEE-wah-naw, not ke-WEE-naw) is such that rich deposits of copper (and also lots of silver) were pushed up by lava flows some millions of years ago and glaciers from various ice ages scraped away. Thousands of years ago at the end of the last ice age, ancient Native Americans were already mining for copper in the region.

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