Delaware Copper Mine


Useful Information

Location: Delaware, Keweenaw County, MI. U.S. 41, 19km south of Copper Harbor.
Open: Mid-MAY to mid-OCT daily 10-18.
SEP to OCT daiyl 10-17.
Last Tour begins 45 minutes before closing time.
[2018]
Fee: Adults USD 13, Children (6-12) USD 7, Children (0-5) free.
[2018]
Classification: ExplainCopper Mine
Light: electric.
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Guided tours: self guided. D=45min., VR=35m.
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Address: Delaware Copper Mine, US-41, Copper Harbor, MI 49918, Tel: +1-906-289-4688. E-mail: contact
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History

1847 mining started.
1887 mining ended.
1977 show mine opened.

Description

The Delaware Copper Mine was mined for forty years in the mid 19th century. During this period about 3,600 tons of copper were removed from five shafts. The mine had 10 levels, the deepest one being 430m deep. It was one of the first mines in the area, operated mainly by miners from Cornwall in England. They introduced their mining technology and the famous Cornish pasty to this area.

In 1843 a first mining boom started in Delaware, which is today much less known than the famous gold rush of 1849, but the mining here provided far higher profits.

The mine tour shows the uppermost level at a depth of 35m. The underground tour is self guided, it starts with a short video and there are explanatory signs along the trail. The paths are safe and well lit, but visitors get helmets, probably just to create the right atmosphere. If there are questions which are not answered by the signs, they can be addressed at the gift shop after the visit.