Iron mining was once one of the Midwest’s most lucrative economic endeavors. During the mid-to-late 19th century, mines were established throughout the region — including several in Michigan. While iron mining is certainly no longer a major source of employment for workers in the Great Lakes State, Michiganders and tourists can still experience remnants of the mining boom with a visit to the Iron Mountain Iron Mine.

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