Registration is now open for the Michigan Iron Industry Museum‘s popular Iron Ore Heritage Trail bike tours. Offered on July 13, 20, and 27, the tours take cyclists on an approximately five-hour, 16-mile journey to explore historic sites and discover stories of the Marquette Iron Range.
Tours begin and end in Negaunee at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum, site of the Carp River Forge, where iron mined on the Marquette Range was first forged in the 1840s.
Led by museum historian Troy Henderson, the tour pedals to the Jackson Mine, and then continues into Ishpeming, making several stops along the way, including Old Towne Negaunee and the site of the Pioneer Furnace.
“Iron mining on the Marquette Range is a big story to tell,” says Henderson. “The tour combines traditional museum interpretation with visits to sites where the history actually happened. Folks on the tour get the best of both worlds.”
Tours start at 9 a.m.; pre-registration is required. A $25 fee includes the guided tour; lunch provided by Negaunee’s Midtown Bakery and Café; and a viewing of the museum’s documentary “Iron Spirits: Life on Michigan’s Iron Ranges.” More information and a registration form are available on the museum’s Iron Ore Heritage Trail Bike Tours web page.
Iron Ore Heritage Bike Tours
Dates: July 13, 20 or 27, 2018
Fee: $25 (includes tour, lunch, handouts and a Michigan Iron Industry Museum souvenir)