Photography by Kath Usitalo
The Keweenaw Peninsula is called Copper Country for a reason. From 1845, when the first large-scale mining operation began, to 1968 when the last mine closed, 10.5 billion pounds of copper were mined. You can sample the life of Thomas Hoatson, owner of the Calumet & Arizona Mining Co., who built a 13,000-square-foot home in Laurium with niceties like a silver leaf-covered domed ceiling in the music room.
In 1989, Julie and David Sprenger rescued the 45-room Victorian mansion and restored it as the Laurium Manor Inn, where guests sleep in the Hoatson family bedrooms and breakfast in the dining room with its elephant hide-covered walls. Self-guided tours are available to the public.
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