From 7,000 years ago to the 1900s people mined Keweenaw copper. Native peoples made copper into tools and trade items. Investors and immigrants arrived in the 1800s in a great mineral rush, developing thriving industries, and cosmopolitan communities. Though the mines have since closed, their mark is still visible on the land and people.
The Keweenaw is experiencing significant economic growth in high-technology, knowledge-driven businesses with innovations ranging from advance software development to manufacturing state-of-the-art vehicles for concrete and construction industries.