Mining History Links
An excellent site listing links to museums, parks & sites, mines, general information
John December has created a unique and useful site, UP blue — www.december.com/
At www.pastypower.com you'll find Yooper humor and product promotion from U.P. enthusiast Wheaty Carlson, inventor of the Fudgie Pasty, Toivo & Eino's Secret Pasty Sauce, the Pasty Pillow, and more. See Arnold dig into a pasty after losing a bet with Governor Jennifer Granholm!
On the internet you can find a wide selection of things made in the UP at MIUpperHand including clothing, gifts, foods and drinks, furniture, snowshoes, even hunting knives.
GREAT LAKES SITES
Boatnerd, www.boatnerd.com, is a boatwatchers' site extraordinaire, rich, complex, and meaty. It covers Great Lakes/Seaway commercial shipping news in the U.S. and Canada. AND it incorporates lots of extra goodies like the Great Lakes Bookshelf (knowledgeable capsule reviews), notes and links to all Greak Lakes maritime museums, photo galleries with thousands of ship photos from fans and site editors, and Dave Swayze's "Great Lakes Shipwreck File," encompassing over 4,700 wrecks — "the most complete and accurate list of losses of Great Lakes commercial vessels in existence." Events calendar, great links on marine history, ports, and more.
SITES ON SPECIFIC U.P. REGIONS
Western U.P. Convention & Visitors Bureau, www.westernup.com, has a good site for events and recreational opportunities in Ironwood, Bessemer, Wakefield, Silver City & Ontonagan, Lake Gogebic, Hurley, and Watersmeet. There's a comprehensive, up-to-date calendar of events; current ski and snowmobile conditions and useful driving tips; and a big list of parks, playgrounds, and picnic spots.
Iron County's well designed integrated site, www.iron.org, includes pages and links about area attractions and lodgings, events calendars for individual communities, and galleries of historic photos.
Copper Range Railroad, www.copperrange.org, is a terrific Copper Country site, with evocative old Keweenaw postcards, historical Keweenaw railroad photos, and contemporary photos by Kevin Musser, who created and maintains the site. He even has a page that allows you to pick out and send a vintage postcard from the region.
Bats are especially common in the U.P.'s Keweenaw Peninsula because of the many old copper mines that provide a winter home. For those who want to provide a summer home for these beneficial mammals, a nifty site is BatsBirdsYard.com