Calumet was the commercial heart of the Keweenaw peninsula copper mining district. There has been some historic confusion of city names in the area around Calumet. Until 1893 Laurium which is adjacent to Calumet was known as Calumet and Calumet itself was known as Red jacket. Laurium is the more residential of the two cities while Calumet hosts the main commercial district. At their peak in 1910 the two cities had a combined population of 12,748 their current population is 2,924. It looks at this point as if Calumet and Laurium have stabilized.
Calumet is home to the Calumet Unit of Keweenaw National Historical Park. This unit focuses on the preservation of historic buildings. Many industrial buildings dating from the turn of the century period of peak copper production have been preserved and restored and contain displays and information. Calumet has lots of beautiful buildings such as churches, theaters and public buildings constructed with Lake superior brownstone.
Laurium is primarily residential, consisting mostly of wood framed cottages but it has it's own small commercial strip on Hecla street with a few impressive brownstone structures. I evidently wasn't feeling like taking pictures while I was there. With all of the beautiful things to photograph in Calumet/Laurium it's sad that these are only ones I have.
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