Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Copper Country spreads the length of Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties. The mines were very dangerous places to work, and many men lost their lives working there during the 1800s. The gravestone photos featured in the Historic Cemeteries galleries give mute testimony to the hazards those men faced.
Medical care in the remote mining areas was often lacking during the early mining boom, as well. Infant and child mortality was a serious problem. The graves of small children contribute to the poignant statements made by the adult gravestones of the past.