Iron Mountain Iron Mine

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Location: On US-2 in Vulcan, 16 km east of Iron Mountain.
Open: Memorial Day to 15-OCT daily 9-17. [2003]
Fee: Adults USD 7, Children (6-12) USD 6, Children (-6) free. [2003]
Classification: MineIron Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: L=850 m.
Address: Iron Mountain Iron Mine, P.O. Box 177, Iron Mountain, MI 49801, Tel: +1-906-563-8077. E-mail: contact
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1870 mine opened.
1945 mine closed.


Iron Mountain Iron Mine is best known for Big John, the World's Largest Miner! This enormous sign showing a miner with helmet and pickax, was built to attract visitors, and is now its own sight. Nevertheless the mine is interesting too, it is a Michigan State Historical Landmark.

The underground tour gives insights into the local iron mining history. This mine produced over 22 million tons of iron ore during the 70 years of operation. The mine is entered on a mine train, the still operating electric underground locomotive was once used to haul iron ore to the surface.