Monday, June 23, 2014

Carnegie Museum trolley tours begin June 24 with "Tracing the Remains of Houghton's Isle Royale Mine"

HOUGHTON -- The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw will host a series of monthly trolley tours for the upcoming summer season. The first tour, "Tracing the Remains of Houghton’s Isle Royale Mine," will take place TOMORROW, Tuesday, June 24. Dr. Erika Vye, geologist, and Wil Shapton, historian and trolley driver, will lead the tour.

Participants will learn about the geology that created the Copper Country while touring the remnants of Houghton’s Isle Royale Mine, which spanned 3,500 acres before it closed operations in the late 1940s.

Tours will board the Red Jacket Trolley at the Carnegie Museum at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $25 and includes refreshments at the museum. The museum will be open from Noon to 9 p.m. Please come in to enjoy light refreshments and to view the current exhibits before or after your tour.

As space is limited, it is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance. Please email to reserve your seat; however, your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received. You may purchase your ticket at the Carnegie Museum, which is open Tuesday and Thursday from Noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday Noon to 4 p.m. Please call the museum at 482-7140 or email or for further assistance.

This is the first in a series of monthly summer trolley tours. Other tours include "Copper Country Streetcars" with Dr. William Sproule, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University (Thursday, July 31) and "Houghton’s Geology" with Dr. William Rose, Professor Emeritus, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Michigan Technological University (Friday, August 22).
Each one-and-a-half-hour tour will begin at the Carnegie Museum and focus on a different aspect of local cultural or natural history. Sponsored by local businesses, 100 percent of all ticket fees help support exhibits, programs, and building restoration.

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