Michigan: Iron County

Iron County (pop. 11,817) is east of Gogebic County. It’s one of four Iron counties in the U.S. – the others are in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Utah.

Iron County was a center of iron-ore mining and logging starting in the late 1800s; the last mine closed in 1979, but logging continues to be an important part of the local economy.

Ottawa National Forest

The county seat of Iron County is Crystal Falls (pop. 1,469). The Iron County Courthouse was built in 1890.

Richardsonian Romanesque style

Crystal Falls is renowned among mycologists for the “Humungus Fungus” – a 1,500-year-old, 11-ton mushroom colony (armillaria gallica) that covers 37 acres (mostly underground) in a nearby forest.

Crystal Falls has an annual Humungus Fungus Fest.

The largest city in Iron County is Iron River (pop. 3,029).

Milwaukee Road station (1913)

St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church in Iron River was built in 1922.

Now Calvary Chapel

The town of Caspian (pop. 906) began as a mining village in 1901.

Caspian water tower

NEXT: BARAGA COUNTY

michigan counties working

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s