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Dickinson County attractions

May 31, 2014 - Terri Castelaz
I would like to encourage area residents and their out of town guests to visit our area attractions this summer. Everyone is always going out of town for vacation entertainment. Many people who have lived here all their lives have never checked out our wonderful attractions right here in Dickinson County.

The three museums in Iron Mountain area sure to have your attention for the whole day. The Cornish Pumping Engine and Mining Museum and the World War II Glider Military Museum opens on Monday, June 2. Hours of operations are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The museums are located at 300 Kent St. in Iron Mountain. The Menominee Range Historical Foundation Museum, located at 300 East Ludington St. in Iron Mountain, opens for the season on Tuesday, June 3. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For those who have already visited them in the past, they are in for a treat this year because they have added additions to the Glider Military Museum including a 4-foot by 10-foot simulated gas station complete with a 1930s Ford dump truck and Ford car. They have also suspended the Piper Cub and Heiserman airplanes from the beams in the Glider building and installed gravel and imitation grass around the displays.

At the Historical Museum viewers will be able to see a special wedding gown display featuring a collection of old and delicate gowns from 1911 to 1940s. There will also be a groom's coat dating from 1893 on display. The Historical Museum will highlight the Kingsford's Ford Plant and include in the display will be the Ardis Furnace, located on the north side of Iron Mountain, and John Tyler Jones, whose original mansion still stands on Grand Boulevard on the north side. The Iron Mountain Iron Mine in Vulcan has also opened for the season. Children are sure to get a kick out of touring the underground mine and riding in the train. They are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While you're in Norway check out the Jake Menghini Museum Friday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and see Norway's history up close.

There are truly so many opportunities for area residents to see many special attractions right here in the U.P.



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