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Encyclopedia > Keweenaw National Historical Park
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Keweenaw National Historical Park is a park on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the U.S. state of Michigan. It preserves the history and heritage of copper mining. The park also preserves the many stories associated with copper: stories of human struggle, ingenuity, vision and conflict. This page is about the geographical region of Michigan. ... A U.S. state is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, together with the District of Columbia and Palmyra Atoll (an uninhabited incorporated unorganized territory), form the United States of America. ... State nickname: Wolverine State or Great Lakes State Other U.S. States Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) Official languages English de-facto Area 250,941 km² (11th)  - Land 147,255 km²  - Water 103,687 km² (41. ... General Name, Symbol, Number copper, Cu, 29 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 4, d Appearance copper, metallic Atomic mass 63. ... The El Chino Mine located near Silver City, New Mexico is an open-pit copper mine Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth, usually (but not always) from an ore body, vein, or (coal) seam. ...


From over 7,000 years ago to the 1960s people have quarried or mined the rich copper deposits of the Keweenaw. First, it was Native peoples that fashioned the copper into tools and trade items. Much later came the eastern investors and immigrants in one of the nation’s first large mineral rushes.


Copper built thriving industries and cosmopolitan communities in this remote, wild land. Mining companies like Calumet & Hecla and Quincy left a lasting mark on the land, communities and people. When the mines closed, their loss brought hardship and heartache.


 
 

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