This site complements the walking tour located in downtown Houghton. Covering a span of 15 blocks, the tour illustrates the roles of various influences that built and changed our city. Many local businesses share our pride in our heritage and have posted historic photo displays that enhance the tour. We invite you to enjoy this virtual tour but to really experience our historical treasures, one should stop in and walk around. Walking Tour Map
This virtual tour is media intensive and requires a
version 4.0 or later browser. It is illustrated with pop-up
displays and Flash
animation(flash) showing old scenes and in many cases, the same area today.
For optimum performance it is suggested that you close these display windows before continuing to the next display.
The city of Houghton is located in Northern Michigan's beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula. Most people have heard of our cool climate that affords spectacular winter activities and our location to Lake Superior's forests beckons the summer vacationer. But our area also has a rich heritage and history left from a livelihood much different from today's. Houghton 1900 / 2001 Panoramic View (flash) 675kb
The rest of the Keweenaw has just as rich a history
as Houghton and may be experienced through the following attractions:
City of Hancock - Historic walking tour and on-line photo gallery
City of Calumet - Historic walking tours of the industrial core and business district - Contact:
Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau
Coppertown USA museum
Keweenaw National Historic Park
Fort Wilkins State Park
Keweenaw Underwater Preserve
Houghton County Historical Museum Complex. M26, Lake Linden. (906) 296-4121
The Historic Houghton tour was funded by the Michigan
Coastal Management Program / MDEQ and made possible by the efforts of the
City of Houghton Preservation Committee:
and the generosity of Michigan Technological University Archives and Houghton County Historical Society.
Comments and suggestions can be directed to The City
of Houghton Preservation Committee:
Historic photo research and text provided by Erik Nordberg.
SenseOfPlace Industry Transportation Growth Warehouses Architecture Municipal Professional Residential Associations Hotels/Saloons Waterfront Winter
Back to City of Houghton