Michigan June 03, 2017
The Historic Small Town That Every Michigander Should Visit At Least Once
Michigan is overflowing with fun and famous small towns. From beachside communities like South Haven and Frankfort to unique spots like Mackinaw City and Ferndale, there’s a quaint community in the Great Lakes State to impress every Michigander. But there’s one historic spot in our state that is sometimes forgotten — and it’s well worth checking out.
The village of Calumet is located in Houghton County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
This small community houses just under 750 residents — but don’t let its size fool you. Calumet has played a massive role in Michigan’s history.
At its founding in 1864, Calumet was known as "Red Jacket," a name chosen in homage to an honorable Seneca Native American chief. In its heyday, Calumet was the epicenter of Michigan’s mining industry. Its earliest days boomed due to the presence of multiple copper mines in the area.
By the beginning of the 20th century, the town had gathered a population of nearly 5,000 people — the mining world drew in residents from across the region.
By the 1940s, though, Calumet had lost its prowess as a mining community due to the lasting impacts of war and the lack of demand for copper. Today, though visitors can still appreciate the town’s contribution to Michigan’s growth.
When you set foot in Calumet today, you’ll find a charming community with friendly residents and a rich legacy to explore. Begin your visit with a stop at the Coppertown USA Mining Museum, where you’ll brush up on your history.
Explore the area’s quaint downtown, which boasts everything from hometown bars to a small shopping district. This is Michigan at its very best and brightest.
Catch a show at the Calumet Theatre, spend an hour or two at the Keweenaw National Historical Park, or grab a few copper-themed items at the local gift shop — aptly named "Copper World."
Of course, the natural beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula that envelops Calumet is nothing short of stunning. Take a dip in the cool waters of Lake Superior or enjoy a beachfront picnic as you round out your day in the area.
You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the story of Calumet and its undeniable impact on the Great Lakes State. Visitors of all ages will absolutely love exploring this unique village.
Have you ever spent time in Calumet? What were you first impressions? We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below.