Houghton County Historical Museum Complex, Lake Linden

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Houghton County Historical Society, once the site of the largest copper milling operation in North America is now home to the Houghton County Museum as well as the Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad, the one room Traprock Valley School House, an 1887 Congregational Church building (now the HCHS Heritage Center), the WPA era Leo Chaput Log Cabin and the Perl Merrill Research Center (our archives and genealogical facility).

You'll fnd our Museum complex located on M-26 in the Upper Peninsula of historic Lake Linden, Michigan, The museum building itself offers three floors of exhibits of local Copper Country mining, logging and cultural history. Some of our outdoor exhibits include a working Calumet & Hecla Mining Co. train with a 3’ gauge Porter steam engine that was used to transport various materials at their mill and smelter sites. The steam train is now used for passenger tours and interpretation of the milling operation.
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  • Has many many old items collected from the town. From pianos tp irons and everything in between. Good for ancestry buffs lots of photos with locals with their names  more »
  • The place is packed with three floors of artifacts of an area gone by. The museum is almost to the point of over whelming with historical and facts of a the past. It was a hot day when we visited...  more »
  • I went to Lake Linden looking for family history and didn't know a museum existed there. To my surprise there was one, but the museum's sign said closed. I called the number on their website and ended up talking to George who met us and let us in. So many historical artifacts! It's a must see for sure! George and his wife were so friendly and helpful.
  • The staff was an old gentleman who used to work in a smelter. He was so knowledgeable and made my visit much more meaningful!

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