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Black River Harbor Site and Marina

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1930s. Black River Harbor Pkwy. (Black River Rd./Gogebic County 513), Ottawa National Forest

The CCC, with technical assistance from the National Park Service and under the direction of Gogebic County, constructed this recreational complex on the rugged Lake Superior shoreline at the mouth of the Black River. It includes a combination bathhouse and recreation building, an ice house, a custodian's cottage, a Boy Scout building, boat docks, and a suspension bridge for pedestrians. Of particular interest is the T-shaped, gable-roof, native stone and wood bathhouse and recreation building built by the men of the 3601st Company CCC, Camp Norrie, Ironwood, in 1939. The Black River Harbor Parkway developed from a wagon road running from the mouth of the Black River to the village of the Chippewa Copper Mining Company, near what is now Copper Peak. It served as a supply route for early mining activities, fishermen, and sportsmen.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Black River Harbor Site and Marina", [Ironwood, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 529-529.

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