Chippewa Hill Mining History
Copper Peak and Chippewa Hill where it sits, has been named a Michigan Historical Site (#292) because of its rich copper mining history. As a part of the “copper rush” of the mid-1840s, four exploratory pits were dug on the eastern and southern face of the hillside with several of them marked and accessible to visitors. While copper was found on the site, like so many other exploratory sites, the quantity did not warrant full scale mining.
Copper Peak visitors will find numerous historic markers and points of interest that tell the story of the unique iron and copper mining history of the area.