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Attractions, events, sports, and recreational opportunities in Ishpeming, Michigan are the focus of this guide.

The early history of the city is one of iron ore mining but, even then, there was time for the sport downhill skiing to originate in Ishpeming, and the Green Bay Packers played their first road game in Ishpeming.

The mines are no longer in operation, and the city is small, but it is beautiful, and it has a lot to offer its residents and visitors.

While not old by most standards, the Upper Peninsula was not settled by European-Americans until the latter part of the 19th century, and Ishpeming has a lot of preserved history, much of it related to the mining industry, as well as its historic church buildings, although we will be covering them in greater detail in the Faith & Spirituality category.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Ishpeming, the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States. The facility includes the hall of fame, a museum, theater, library, gift shops, office, and storage space for archived material and collections.

A former iron mine, the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum is on Euclid Street, between Lakeshore Drive and Spruce Street. Operated by the Marquette Range Iron Mining Heritage Theme Park, the museum's theme is the history of the Marquette Iron Range. Above ground, the Cliffs Shaft site covers fifteen acres, and includes three headframes and eight other buildings. Underground, it was one of the largest mines in Michigan, spanning sixty-five miles of tunnels.

Formed in 1999, the Ishpeming Area Historical Society operates a museum that is open from April through October, with regular hours, but also offering group and individual tours by appointment. Located on Cleveland Avenue, this museum focuses on the everyday life of Ishpeming people, businesses, schools, and issues that have affected the city over the years.

Da Yoopers, a traveling musical comedy show from Ishpeming, operates Da Yoopers Tourist Trap Museum & Rock Shop on the west side of the city that includes a museum, gift shop, and mineral store.

If you're into rocks and minerals, the Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club hosts its Gem and Mineral Show each summer, as well as other events throughout the year.

The Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library is located on North Main Street. With a history going back to the 1870s, its current building was built with funding from Andrew Carnegie in 1904.

This is just a sample of what the city has to offer, although many of them do not have websites that can be linked to. Topics appropriate for this category may include Ishpeming art galleries, libraries, museums, historical places, theaters, and entertainment venues, as well as local festivals, concerts, and events. Local parks, trails, and recreational facilities may be found here, along with sports teams, programs, and facilities, whether operated by the municipality, school district, community organization, or as a private entity.



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