Penokee Iron Range Trail: A Company Town

© Photographed June 19, 2015
Erected by Iron County Heritage Area
Montreal, Iron County, Wisconsin
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Neat white frame houses, gently curving streets, and gracious landscaping mark the City of Montreal – the only planned mining company town in Wisconsin. 

In 1921 the Oglebay-Norton Mining Company designed a community that would provide an environment to “accommodate the nationality and temperament” of the 700 miners needed to work at the new Montreal Mine #5 shaft and their families.

Recognizing that content workers were productive employees, the company took care of almost every detail of daily life from housing to recreation for miners moving to the new community they first called “Hamilton.”

For as little as $1.50 per room, per year, miners could rent one of 140 company owned homes. Six different models were available from the smaller one family “bungalow” to the larger two family “D-2 duplex.” Each home was painted white and maintained at company expense. 

Playgrounds and gardens dotted the community. After work families enjoyed movies, billiards, and the soda fountain at the company run “Hamilton Club” social center. Miners and their families living here did not need to look any further than their backyard for livelihood and leisure.
The marker is located on northbound Montreal Street, at its intersection with Wisconsin Avenue / Wisconsin Highway 77, Montreal, Wisconsin 54450.

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.

See also, Penokee Iron Range Trail: Montreal Location, also at this location.

 The marker is on the left.

 The City of Montreal is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 The markers are visible to the far left.

The markers are across from this building.

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