History, Heritage & Culture

History, Heritage & Culture are the fiber that contributed to the growth of the area. Visit local Museums, heritage centers and experience the many cultural events. Experience the great diversity that came together to make this a special place.

Wakefield Historical Society is located at 306 Sunday Lake Street, Wakefield, Michigan. The Museum is housed in the former Drs. Prot & Tressel home, which was donated to the Society, and is just 1 1/2 blocks south of the stop light on Sunday Lake Street. This turn of the century home contains two floors of exhibits focusing on life during the early years of mining and logging, which were the backbone of the area’s economy.

Open summer months (June-Aug) Tuesday – Saturday, 1-4 PM Phone (906)224-8151

Bessemer Historical Society Heritage center is located at 403 South Sophie Street in the center of Bessemer, Michigans downtown area. This is the areas newest heritage center and is constantly adding to its displays and also has a gift corner witch features quality products made by local artisans, often themed to the season.

Open Friday & Saturday 10-3 Memorial day to Labor day. Catherine McLean (906)663-4091 or Dolores Sandene (906)667-0743.

Ironwood Area Historical Society is located in the Old Depot Museum, just off business 2, downtown Ironwood, Michigan. This turn of the century former Chicago Northwestern Railroad Depot is dedicated to life on the Gogebic Range. Information and displays pertaining to the iron mining industry, the school system dating back over 100 years and the history of the railroad.

Open Noon to 4:00 PM Memorial Day to Labor Day 7 days a week. (906)932-0287

Ironwood Memorial Building Heritage Room is located the Memorial Building, Downtown Ironwood, Michigan. The room is a work in progress with panels of authentic photos and captions depicting the Memorial Building, pre-exploation, Ironwood’s beginning, mining, lumber and more. Along with a visit to the Memorial Building (dedicated 1923 and on the National Historical Registry) which is worth the trip itself, the walk through the Heritage Room will bring alive the exciting history of Ironwood.

Open Monday through Friday during business hours. (906)932-5050.

Iron County Historical Museum is located at 303 Iron Street, in the Old Iron County Court House, South on Hwy 51, Hurley, Wisconsin. Listed on the National Register of Historical Buildings, Three floors of intriguing, nostalgic and educational exhibits: including mining, logging, farming, weaving and an interesting library of books, pictures and maps.

The Heart of the Museum is the Weaving Room. Here you will see living history in progress as the weavers use ancient methods and looms to produce beautiful rag rugs. The volunteer work of the weavers is the primary source of income for the museum. Here you can purchase hand-woven rugs or place mats. If you do not see anything that matches your color scheme, you can place a special order.

Also being developed is a HO scale model railroad depicting early Hurley history.

Museum Hours:

March – October
MON / WED / FRI / SAT – 10am – 2pm

November – February
WED / FRI / SAT – 10am – 2pm

Phone: (715) 561-2244

Little Finland Museum & Gift Shop is located on West Hwy US 2 in Hurley, Wisconsin.Visit the museum and browse the gift shop and view the beautiful gifts from Finland. Take a stroll amoung the pines and tour the Harma House and Harro House (log homes of finnish immigrant families reconstructed).

Open Wednesday and Saturday 10 – 2 PM April through December. (715)561-4360 www.littlefinland.com

Historic Ironwood Theatre
Completed in 1928, this unique theater was considered the finest show house in the Northwest. The entrance is characterized by its solid bronze doors and canopy, highlighted by its sparkling neon sign. The interior has been totally restored to it’s original Italian Renaissance decor. It is the crown jewel of theaters in the Lake Superior […] more...

Old Victoria Restoration & Victoria Dam
The continuing restoration of an early mining village includes a wealth of historical items, located in cabins depicting the early mining days. A scenic trail along nearby bluffs offers a view of the area’s only hydroelectric dam. Nearby are the sites where the “Copper Boulder,” now housed in the Smithsonian Institution, was found, as well […] more...

Ramsay Keystone Bridge
This bridge rising 57 feet above the Black River was built in 1891 by the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company, and is constructed of limestone quarried from Kaukauna, Wisconsin. A series of arches, each with a center keystone at the top, locks the entire structure. It is one of the few arch bridges of this […] more...