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Did we mention that our family has been going here and/or
living here for three generations?
Here are a few things that we like about
this wonderful part of the U.P.:
By the way, do you know that the ratio of lakes to land
is higher in the Upper Peninsula than it is in Minnesota?
In addition to lake fishing, Iron County has
five Blue Ribbon
The area has extensive mountain
biking trails too.
Crystal Falls is the home of the Humongous Fungus,
the largest mushroom/fungus in the world,
weighing in at 111 tons and invisibly
occupying 37 acres underground.
It is about 1,500 years old and is
the focus of The Humungus Fungus Festival,
scheduled for August 11-14, 2011.
Despite it having been here longer than humans (probably)
we humans noticed its presence only in 1992.
Crystal Falls is home to the Harbour
a beautiful 1900 home whose first floor has been
restored to Victorian authenticity
and which contains information on
antique toys, mining and logging in the area,
and exhibits on Victorian-era sports and leisure,
womens life and childrens toys.
Other exhibits are about Ojibwe (Chippewa) Indians and
the industries that dominate Upper
namely mining and logging.
Open June through August.
Crystal Falls has an annual Bass
in early July and
Iron River has a terrific three-day
This year it is the weekend of July 22-24, 2011. The Iron County
Web site has an event calendar.
Crystal Falls also has a lovely old restored
vaudeville theater that hosts an entertainment event every
couple of weeks during the summer, including
folk artists, orchestras and comedians.
Their 2011 schedule gets posted here.
Iron River, the other nearby
town, is home to
the Iron County Historical Museum,
consisting of twenty-six buildings encompassing
history and art.
Iron County has an active genealogical society
that meets weekly and has special events such as cemetery
If you have ancestors in this area or if you are just
interested in local history, you should check out
the Society and their online resources.