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This Haunting Road Trip Through Michigan Ghost Towns Is One You Won’t Forget

Much of the Upper Peninsula was home to copper mines, where entire towns were built from the ground up during the 19th century. By the turn of the 20th century, many of these communities fell into disrepair when the mines ceased operation. Others are still going, though they’re now sleepy burgs in comparison.

We know you love taking road trips, especially this time of year, so we put together one such excursion to be take in the Keweenaw Peninsula. The trip only takes a couple of hours and you get to catch a glimpse of many of the remains of these ghost towns along US 41. Along the way, you’ll also experience the vast natural beauty that makes up the UP. For your convenience, we’ve included a link to the trip so you have the itinerary handy. Have a look!

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1. Mandan

This ghost town boasts hardly anyone left. The community was formed in 1864 with the founding of the Mandan Company. Mining proved to be difficult here and the operation fell into disrepair by just after the turn of the 20th century.

Such rich history, wow. Love learning more about our state’s ghost towns? Click here!

Serena Maria Daniels
Serena Maria Daniels is an award-winning freelance journalist in Detroit, by way of Chicago, by way of the West Coast. She writes about Michigan for OIYS. Serena enjoys learning about language and culture and taking road trips with her beagle Ralph.