The great rocky ridge that thrusts upward along the Keweenaw’s spine is broken just north of Calumet by a wide valley known as the Allouez Gap. Here the highlands of the Calumet area plunge into a swampy valley which drains westward along Hill’s Creek. The region’s unique geology created the perfect conditions for the formation of copper, resulting in one of the most copper rich regions along the peninsula. The regions first copper mine – the Allouez – began mining along the gaps southern flank in 1869. While not entirely successful, the mine paved the way for the several that would follow and would usher in nearly a century of prosperity for the area.

Due to the large number of mines scattered across the gap, several communities sprung up in the shadows of those rock-houses and smokestacks. The area’s large population prompted area businessmen to establish the town of Ahmeek, a town where saloons could flourish without mine company intervention. As the Ahmeek Mine prospered over the years, so too did the town of Ahmeek which quickly became the center of commerce in the area.

A Few More From Ahmeek


The Ahmeek Mine grew out of the neighboring Seneca Mine, which set off the Ahmeek in 1880 to explore the Kearsarge Conglomerate lode. That lode was a bust, but a few decades later the far superior – and copper rich –  Kearsarge Amygdaloid lode was discovered. In 1903 a new …

The Ahmeek Pay Office


The Ahmeek Mine was bred from the old Seneca Mine, one of several properties the old behemoth had cast aside in the 1880’s. The mine struggled along for some time until the discovery of the copper-rich Kearsarge lode in the early 1900’s. The mine sunk two shafts into this new …

The Village (p2)


The village of Ahmeek was a diamond in the ruff, a shining sample of civilization set apart from the metropolis sitting miles to the south. If you look at what remains here, in terms of a downtown district, you find a village that must have once been a bustling town. …

The Village (p1)


When mining interests first descended on the Allouez gap, they found a wet and marshy stretch of land, flooded through the diligent work of resident beavers. Unfortunately for the beaver, the highly rich Kearsarge Amygdaloid Lode was found to run right through the middle of this massive marsh. As man …