Located where the Eagle River flows into Lake Superior, the village of Eagle River was founded in 1843 and platted by the Phoenix Mining Company in 1855. In the 1840s and 1850s, as eastern speculators explored the rich copper deposits in the rugged cliff to the west, this port community served as a shipping and distribution point for the early copper industry. During this period, too, eighteen mines opened nearby. Eagle River is the seat of county government and became a resort center in the twentieth century when automobiles brought tourists to the peninsula.
Along the northeast bank of the river, on E. Main Street between 3rd and 2nd streets, stands a row of hotels, boardinghouses, warehouses, stores, saloons, and houses whose vernacular Greek Revival origins lie concealed under later nineteenth-century additions and twentieth-century sidings.
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