“Dedicated to those who toiled underground to work these mines.

Many died in the darkness so future generations could live in the light.”

The Miners Memorial Heritage Park (MMHP) encompasses the former iron ore mining locations within the City of Ironwood. The discovery of these mines resulted in the establishment of the City of Ironwood in the latter part of the 19th century. The last iron ore mine in the City of Ironwood closed in 1966.


We are creating interpretive signs along paths to inform visitors of the buildings and mine shafts that for years were part of the landscape. Miners Memorial Heritage Park encourages visitors to learn about and respect the mining heritage of the area, provide four-season exercise and recreational venues and afford direct and indirect economic benefits. Interpretive signage, reconstruction of a mining headframe and historical photos will create an outdoor museum allowing the individual to experience history first-hand.

Silent Sports

Non-motorized trails will be used for activities including hiking, biking, running, walking, skiing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, while providing safe corridors between many locations within the City of Ironwood and the opportunity for regional trail connections. Miners Memorial Heritage Park will provide a unique attraction for residents and tourists alike!

Our History

Our group, the Friends of Miners Memorial Heritage Park, was created to promote, maintain and create Miners Memorial Heritage Park within the mining areas of Ironwood. In July 2010, the City of Ironwood passed a resolution which created the Miners Memorial Heritage Park by the request of the Friends of Miners Memorial Heritage Park.


Friends of the Miners Memorial Heritage Park
P.O. Box 52
Ironwood, MI 49938



Board of Directors:

President: Paul Kostelnik

Vice President: Rick Semo

Secretary: Carol Erickson

Treasurer: Morgan Grasso

Trails Chair: Jim Decur

History Chair: Ivan Hellen

Nature Chair: Sharlene Shaffer

Dog Park Chair: Alan Lawrence



“We want to hear from you! We welcome all comments offered in the spirit of civil conversation.

We will delete comments and posts that are malicious, libelous, abusive or threatening; spam, commercial solicitations or self-promoting material; that contain false information, profanity or are irrelevant to the topic of discussion.

FMMHP is also required to remove any express or implied statement endorsing or opposing any political party or candidate for political office.” – Board Approved


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