Iron Mountain, Michigan, takes its name from the iron producing industry that ruled this region of the state until recent times. While the mines have now closed there still remains important historical sites and plenty of outdoor recreation in this area of northern Michigan. The town of about 8000 residents now live in a great area for outdoor recreation including skiing, biking, hunting, and fishing. Iron Mountain has produced two important sports figures: Steve Mariucci (former NFL coach) and Tom Izzo (Michigan State Basketball Coach). Downtown Iron Mountain, MI, is filled with unique shops, restaurants, cafes, interesting architecture, theatre, and more. Strolling around through downtown Iron Mountain, visitors will find plenty of interesting things to do.
The Menominee Range Historical Museum is a great place to begin your tout of the Iron Mountain, MI, area. The Menominee Range Historical Museum holds exhibits that give a visitor a look into the lives of the people from the area in the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s. Items range from firearms, to Native American pieces, toys to musical instruments and everything in between. However the crown jewel of the museum is the Cornish Pumping Engine. This gigantic pump, complete with 40 foot flywheel, was used to remove water from the mine shafts to allow miners to remove the precious iron ore in the ground. Also at the Menominee Range Historical Museum is an exhibit on World War II gliders that were built in the area.
Once you have checked out the museum, head on over to the Iron Mountain Iron Mine. The Iron Mountain Iron Mine provides visitors with the opportunity to ride down into an old iron mine and get up close look of the life that miner’s lived. The Iron Mountain Iron Mine also offers a large rock and gift shop. For more information visit their website at www.ironmountainironmine.com.
Two ski resorts are in the Iron Mountain, MI, area: Norway Mountain and Pine Mountain Resort. Each offers skiing and lodging. Visit their websites for more information at www.norwaymountain.com and www.pinemountianresort.com. Lake Antoine Park offers fishing, swimming, camping, and more. Nearby Carney Lake State Forest offers more opportunities for fishing, hunting, camping and other activities. Other natural areas in the region include Escanaba River State Forest, Glidden Lake State Forest, and Copper Country State Forest. Public Hunting is available in the region as well.
Iron Mountain, MI, is located in the northern part of the state. Iron Mountain is situated along US Route 141 near the state line with Wisconsin.