SILVER CITYLake Superior. Homesteader Austin Corser actually found the silver on the Little Iron River in the 1850s. He kept quiet about it until he proved his claim. In the 1870s he revealed the silver, sold his land, and left. Only one brick of silver, worth $723, was ever shipped from Silver City.
|Driving west from Ontonagon on M-64, motorists see the mouth of the Iron River as they pass the junction of M-64 and enter Silver City.|
|Bears are unwelcome visitors to Silver City yards. They've become common here due in part to a local business that feeds them as a visitor attraction.|
Remains of Austin Corser's cabin, and the sweet Williams he planted, can still be seen by hiking up the Little Iron River from its mouth. For decades Bob Daly of Fenton, Michigan (near Flint) poked around the cabin. Now the things he found (bottles, hardware, etc.) are part of a new Austin Corsair exhibit at the Ontonagon Historical Society Museum.
|Lake Superior's pebble beaches by Silver Citys small resorts make for interesting rock-picking and for beautiful night views of dark, starry skies across the big lake.|
Today there's more to Silver City than meets the eye along M-107. Houses are on two back streets paralleling the lake but up the hill. A pleasant, sandy in Silver City is at the mouth of the Iron River, just east of M-64 and the Porcupine Mountain Lodge. Buffered from the road by cedars and stones, this is a popular place to pull over, park along the road, and get out.
As of June, 2008, the Silver City General Store has been closed. Managers of the Porcupine Mountains State Park are working to provide groceries at The Outpost by the Union Bay campground. For fishing and hunting licenses, check at the park office.
WILDERNESS ADVENTURE AND SUPPLIES i906-885-5676) is part nature store and souvenir shop, part outfitters for last-minute camping and backpacking gear. The friendly local couple who staff this attractive shop have also worked at the shop in the state park's visitor center. It's open from mid-May through fall color season. Extended hours in summer.
|Don't blink if you want to see "downtown" Silver City on the way to the Porcupine Mountains State Park. Old, established streets are up the hill.|
|Good views of the Northern Lights, whenever they might occur, can be had from the state park's Union Bay campground and from lodgings on Lake Superior from Silver City to Ontonagon. Lakefront lodgings here face the northwest, with unobstructed views to the northwestern horizon.|
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