Synopses & Reviews
Situated on the south shore of Lake Superior, the Gogebic Iron Range of Michigan and Wisconsin exudes a strong sense of place. During the 1880s, a mining boom lured settlers, investment, and controversy. Investors from Milwaukee, Chicago, and Cleveland hoped to become rich, but many were pulled into scams or poorly managed mines and ended up losing their money. After iron stocks crashed, mining investors were more cautious. Many mining locations were abandoned, but towns such as Ironwood, Bessemer, Wakefield, and Hurley grew. For over 80 years, iron mining gave the Gogebic Range distinctive ethnicity and settlement patterns resulting in its unique cultural landscapes. The physical setting enhances the drama of the Gogebic. Lake-effect snowfall results in picturesque yet harsh winters, and thundering waterfalls have long attracted visitors.
About the Author
Matthew Liesch has a master's degree in historical geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ironwood, Hurley, and the Gogebic Range features almost 200 photographs from Michigan and Wisconsin during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Supplemented by antique maps and newspaper headlines, this book explores life and landscape during the mining era. Even though Gogebic mines long ago stopped shipping iron ore to the port of Ashland, mining memories linger on.