City of Negaunee is a safe, friendly community with
award-winning schools, first-rate medical clinics,
unique shopping and dining experiences and abundant
entertainment and recreational opportunities.
live performances at our historic Vista Theatre. Travel
back in time at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum and
Historical Museum. Marvel at the fireworks over
beautiful Teal Lake during the mid-winter Heikki
Lunta Winterfest and mid-summer Pioneer
Days. Embrace the outdoors throughout the seasons
with swimming, boating, windsurfing, fishing, skiing,
luging, and ice skating. Join with visitors from
across the nation, and the world, to watch the thrilling
international ski jumping competition at Suicide Hill
and Lucy Run; the fast-paced start of the annual Ore
to Shore Mountain Bike Epic; and the action-packed Negaunee
Invitational Basketball Tournament.
of Negaunee’s Beginnings
discovery of iron ore by an exploratory mining party
near the shore of Teal
Lake in 1844 launched the birth of the City of Negaunee.
Native Americans who had long resided in and traversed
the area led the explorers to the massive outcropping
of ore. Their heritage lives on in the name of Negaunee,
which means “pioneer” in Chippewa.
Jackson Mine was established in 1845 in Negaunee to
mine the iron ore which would be shipped to steel making
plants. The first iron forge in the Lake Superior region
was established soon after in Negaunee as well.
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community grew. In 1858, Negaunee was given a post office.
In 1865, Negaunee was incorporated as a town and in
1868 the first police force was formed. 1873 marks
the year Negaunee was recognized as a city. As
mining operations expanded, many immigrants helped settle
the area, bringing with them rich traditions that remain