Ironwood’s Annual Mining Memorial Heritage Day

September 26th on the Gogebic & Penokee Range.

The day’s events will include a pop-up museum at the Miners Mural downtown, open houses at the Iron County and Ironwood Depot Museums, Memorial Building Mining & Heritage Display, a video on the Pabst “H’” disaster, dinner at the Iron Nugget and a candlelight ceremony at the Pabst “H” mine site.

The Ironwood City Commission issued Resolution #015-036 “DAY OF RECOGNITION TO LOCAL MINERS,” proclaiming Saturday, September 26, 2015 as “Mining Memorial Heritage Day” in recognition of our mining heritage and to pay tribute to all those hardy individuals who worked these mines from 1884 to 1995.

Miners Memorial Heritage Day Map
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The Iron County Museum in Hurley will be open from 10am to 2pm. This museum is an impressive facility with on-site weavers, exhibit after exhibit of the area’s mining, cultural, legal, and “the way we lived” heritage. And a beautiful, historic court room.

Visitors are asked to bring along and share their photos, mining artifacts and stories with others at the Miner’s Mural from 11am to 1pm.

The Ironwood Depot Museum is open from noon to 4pm to view their new mining display installed this spring and a rare 1940s color video of an Abbott and Costello War Bond Drive in Ironwood, with additional video of area locations, parades and area entertainment.

The Ironwood Memorial Building is the city’s treasure. Guides available from 1 to 2pm. Built when mining was building the city, the Doughboy statue, the stained glass and photos throughout the building are worth a visit. The Mining & Heritage Display along with the historic Women’s Club Room are located on the upper floor.

A video of the Pabst “H” Disaster presentation, well-received at the Upper Peninsula History Conference in Ironwood in June, will be shown at Theatre North from 3:30 to 4:30pm.

Visitors are encouraged to dine at the Iron Nugget “Silver Street Grille & Pizzaria” in Hurley. The Iron Nugget opens at 4pm and celebrates the heritage of the Gogebic & Penokee Range.

The Pabst “H” Mine Shaft Candlelight Vigil will be held from 6:15 to 6:30pm off Bonnie Street at the east end of the Miners Park.