Gay

Sitting on the far eastern shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the small community of Gay was born far outside the influence of the copper empire. Initially a fishing and lumber town, the village eked out an existence from the surrounding forest and the bounty of the sea. But as the lumber and fish became scarce, the town’s days were numbered.

However, in a twist of fate the town was given a reprieve by the Mohawk and Wolverine Mines, who chose the derelict fishing village as the site for their new massive stamp mills. With a new influx of money and workers, the village returned to its former glory. Before long, the town boasted its own school, stores, post office, and community center. But as the Depression arrived to the Copper Country the mills were forced to close, and once again the community was left to lumber and fishing for its livelihood. The railroad continued to serve the town for another few decades, but finally it too pulled up its track and left leaving the town isolated and on its own.

Gay

Gay Park (p1)

The old mill town of Gay sits alone on the far eastern shore of the peninsula, far removed from the…
Gay

Gay Park (p2)

The public land that would become known as Gay Park was donated to the community by the Mohawk and Wolverine…
Gay

The South Shore

fi The great geological upheaval which formed the Keweenaw created a peninsula of two distinct characters. Along its northern edge a…
Gay

The Happiest Place on Earth

Before teaming up with William Paine to help form the great Copper Range mining company, John Stanton’s first partner in crime…
Gay

The Gay School (p1)

The extreme remoteness of the Mohawk and Wolverine Mills along the Keweenaw’s South Shore meant that the accompanying village of…
Gay

The Gay School (p2)

For the several hundred students who once attended the school in Gay, this would be their first view of their…