Exclusively at the end of this week, explore the iron industry’s role during the Civil War.
Michigan’s Iron Industry Museum, part of the Michigan History Museum System, is showcasing demonstrations and presentations about life during the civil war. Michigan’s iron industry and it’s role in the survival of the Union is explored. The event features cooking and cannon demonstrations, speakers, performances and activities.
- Saturday October 1, 2016
- 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Michigan Iron Industry Museum: 73 Forge Rd. Negaunee, MI 49866
History 101: Michigan’s Iron Industry of the Upper Peninsula.
Iron ore was first discovered in 1844 near what is now Negaunee, MI. There are 3 major Upper Peninsula iron ranges: Marquette, Eastern and Western Menominee and Gogebic. Many mines were constructed throughout these regions. Iron ore was shipped from Sault Ste. Marie when the Soo Locks were built. (Transportation became a heck of a lot easier!) To this day, the functioning ore dock in Marquette fills ships with iron ore pellets. For ten years, Michigan produced the most iron ore than any other U.S. state.
The mined iron ore was used to construct buildings, railroads, farm equipment and bridges. The auto industry also used iron ore when constructing cars, tanks, trucks and jeeps. Iron ore is still used today in the production of steel, which is used to make many of the things mentioned above as well as anything made with steel. During the mid-nineteenth century, the Cornish, Irish, Swedish and Finnish migrated to the Upper Peninsula specifically to mine. Much of the Upper Peninsula’s heritage was built on mining culture.