Monday, November 02, 2009

Upper Peninsula Upventure: Eagle River Falls

In the middle 1800s, the Keweenaw Peninsula town of Eagle River, Michigan was a copper boom town. According to an historical marker in the now-unincorporated town, in 1855, Eagle River boasted two breweries, thirty two saloons, and three hotels. One property, the German Hotel, hosted the town's jail on its third floor.

My guess is that Eagle River had a very busy police department.

Douglass Houghton, Michigan's first geologist and the man credited for realizing the commercial potential of the Keweenaw Peninsula, drowned off of the shore of Eagle River in 1857.

The town is named for the river, and pictured on the left is Eagle River Falls, which is at the center of the village.

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