Copper mining was so important on the Copper Country Trail, that the Keweenaw National Historical Park was established to tell this important story. Mining in the region began 7,000 years ago and continued until the early 1900s. The native peoples made copper tools and immigrants arrived in the 1800s to fuel the great mineral rush. Today, only the tangible remains of the copper mining heritage are left. The National Historical Park consists of two separate units – Quincy and Calumet – both located at the sites of former large-scale mines. The Quincy Mining Company illustrates the process and technology of copper. The surrounding mining community reveals daily life. Calumet focuses on the preservation and interpretation of the former Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company, where the site includes mine shafts, hoist houses and a copper smelting complex.
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