Flambeau Trail: Little Finland

Photographed June 19, 2015
Erected by Iron County Heritage Area
Hurley, Iron County, Wisconsin
46.476841, -90.217424
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Jobs in the Penokee Range! Ample land to homestead!

News of the good life on the Penokee Iron Range brought Finnish immigrants here as early as 1887. By 1900, native born Finns were the largest ethnic group seeking a new life on the Range.

The Finns did not settle around the mining "locations" or in populated communities. They preferred rural areas reminiscent of their old country homeland. Here they could own land, maintain their language and traditions, and create their "new" Finland.

In 1970 this log building was built as a cultural center to preserve the area's Finnish heritage by the National Finnish American Festival, Inc., descendants of those hardy settlers. The spirit is kept alive by the Festival's traditional dancers and choral group who perform on traditional Finnish celebration days.

This building features unique Finnish "fish tail" log construction. The timers were once part of the huge Ashland ore docks. From those docks, the very iron ore the Finnish immigrants toiled to mine from the Penokee Range were loaded into ore boats bound for eastern steel mills.
The marker is located at The Little Finland Cultural Center on westbound U.S. Highway 2, west of its intersection with North Stateline Road / County Highway D, at 5750 West U.S. Highway 2, Hurley, Wisconsin 54534.

The controversy surrounding the recent proposal to resume mining in this area.

This marker is included in the Iron County Heritage Area series of markers. Click here for more information and to view all markers in the series.

These markers are also at this location:

The marker is located at The Little Finland Cultural Center.

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