The prosperity of the Copper Country slowly died along with the industry that provided it, until the bottom fell out with the closing of C&H in the late ’60s. While some towns – such as Houghton and Hancock – were able to meek out a life for decades after this calamity other towns were not so lucky. Laurium was not so lucky.
Once Laurium sported various large banks, a three story department store and much more. One by one these businesses left with the population that once supported them. Now, very little is left in Laurium – even most of the bars left. Instead, you find deteriorating building after building – most vacant and forgotten. Driving through town – as most people see Laurium – it doesn’t look too bad. But get out and take a stroll along the old forgotten buildings, and a much more dismal sight confronts you. Laurium tells a story known only too well; a tale of once proud and bustling communities forgotten and ignored by the people that once gave them life. A tale of prosperity to ruin in the Copper Country.