About Houghton County

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Northern Lights - Photo Credit: Adam Johnson

From the moment you enter the city of Houghton, the gateway to the Keweenaw Peninsula, you see how the future, present and past coexist in Houghton County. Michigan Tech University is a world-class science and engineering college. Hancock’s Finlandia University works with art and design companies in Finland and other countries. The region’s Pine Mountain Music Festival, Vertin Gallery and Copper Country Community Arts Center showcase incredible talent.

Yet within minutes you can go back eons in the internationally acclaimed A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum. Drive up the Copper Country Trail (US-41) to learn about old fishing and lumber towns at the Chassell Heritage Center. Explore the Keweenaw National Historical Park in Calumet to learn more about the copper mining industry. Observe 1800s architecture in Calumet or the gilded elephant leather wall coverings in the Laurium Manor Inn. Immerse yourself in mining history at the Coppertown Mining Museum or the Houghton County Historical Museum. In Lake Linden, you can even taste history at the Lindell Chocolate Shoppe, the Midwest’s first confectionery manufacturer.

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Mine - Photo Credit: Dan Johnson

When you are not browsing at local shops and galleries or enjoying Houghton County’s eclectic restaurants and nightlife, you will be lured to the area’s incredible bike and cross-country ski trails, miles of groomed snowmobile trails or the downhill ski slopes of Mt. Ripley Ski Area and Portage Lake. When the abundant snows melt, the area’s waterfalls thunder in spring. Lake Superior and inland waters provide ceaseless adventure. Or take the ferry from Houghton to Isle Royale for a truly in-the-wild experience.

Learn more: www.keweenaw.info or 800/338-7982.