Mandan Ghost Town

Mandan Michigan
An old 35MM scan of one of the old miners houses at the ghost town, taken probably 10 years ago, don’t think it is still standing. [cminer52 on Flickr]( "Mandan MI")
About 12 miles southwest of Copper Harbor is the old ghost town of Mandan, a tiny mining town that was vacated in 1909. It was the site of the Mandan Mine and the Medora Mine.

At the turn of the century Mandan had a few hundred residents with a few dozen houses. Today, only a few of the buildings remain. Over the years there was a post office and a general store and Mandan marked the end of the line for the Keweenaw Central Railroad.

And of course, Mandan Road is one of the most scenic drives in the Keweenaw to see the fall colors. A worthwhile loop to take.

“The mine evidently underwent considerable hardship as there were huge beds of sand that made it difficult to mine the four inch wide band of very rich copper.

It is assumed that the mine closed in 1866 and remained dormant until 1899 when the Mandan and Medora Companies were sold to the Keweenaw Copper Company and reorganized in 1905.”

Check out Exploring The North for more detailed information.

Mandan Ghost Town, off US-41

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Thanks to Kimberly and David for bringing Mandan Ghost Town to my attention, it was a good topic to touch on that I didn’t know very much about. Feel free to leave additional comments if there are other topics you’d like covered or specific places you’d like to know more about.