Whether it’s the Copper Kings of Calumet or the Hematites of Ishpeming, nearly every corner of the U.P. can trace its roots back to the mining industry. Some of that heritage stretches all the way back to Civil War times and can be easily forgotten.
A local author’s new book aims to prevent the U.P.’s mining history from being forgotten.
Daniel Fountain’s Michigan Gold & Silver: Mining in the Upper Peninsula, recounts tales from some of the earliest explorations for the precious metals.
Fountain goes into great detail about not only the gold mines in the area, but the 1860’s silver and lead boom north of Ishpeming and the long lost 1840’s silver mine on presque isle.
The U.P. native presented some of the his favorite mining stories at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum this afternoon as part of its Tuesday afternoon lecture series, which continues every week through August 19th.
If you missed out on today’s presentation from Fountain, you can catch it again in September at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library.