The Minesota Mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a historic copper mine site, once a bustling center of industry during the region’s mining boom in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, it stands as a testament to the area’s rich mining heritage, with its remnants and artifacts preserving the history of this bygone era for visitors to explore and learn about the challenges and successes of the miners who once worked there.

Historical Mining Culture

This former copper mine near Rockland was one of the most productive early mines in Michigan’s Copper Country. Mining started at the site in 1848, and from 1885 to 1862, the Minesota Mine was the most productive copper mine in the United States. (The single “n” in the name was a mistake made in the mine’s incorporation papers.) Today a sign commemorates the site of the mine just south of Rockland.