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Mining in MichiganMining in Michigan

Native tribes mined copper in the Upper Peninsula as long ago as 5,000 B.C.E, but it wasn’t until 1843 that the “copper boom” began in Michigan. By 1844, iron deposits had also been found in the U.P., and Michigan’s mining industry began.

We are currently working on lesson plans for this unit. Please see “Publications for Students” for available resources.

The Mitten and Michigan History for Kids (MHK) are supplemental reading materials to help students develop a deeper understanding of concepts within this unit. Michigan History for Kids is appropriate for a 3rd grade level, and The Mitten is appropriate for a 4th grade level.