Museum launches bike tours

NEGAUNEE – Explore the rich history of the iron industry in the best of both worlds: outdoors and inside the museum.

On Friday, July 18 and 25, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum will host bike tours that travel along the backbone of the Marquette Iron Range. This unique experience offers something for everyone, with beautiful sightseeing, historic landmarks and a fun way to exercise.

The tours will begin at the museum at 10 a.m. and then travel along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, a multiuse, year-round trail that features historic sites and human stories from along the iron range.

Bikers will become acquainted with the Carp River Forge site at the museum, where iron mined on the Marquette Range was first forged in the 1840s. From the museum, the tour will pedal toward the Jackson Mine in Negaunee, which provided the iron ore for the forge operation. The tour will then travel from Negaunee to Ishpeming making several interpretive stops along the way, including Old Towne Negaunee and the site of the pioneer furnace.

Pre-registration is required and costs $20 per person, which includes the tour, lunch, viewing of the documentary “Iron Spirits” and a Michigan Iron Industry Museum souvenir. Registration forms can be found online at www.michigan.gov/ironindustrymuseum under the “Events” link or may be picked up at the museum.

For more information about the tours or the Michigan Iron Industry Museum, contact the museum office at 906-475-7857 or e-mail Troy Henderson at hendersont7@michigan.gov.