Ironwood is the
Western Gateway to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the major city in the
area with a population of over 6,000 - the shopping, cultural, and
recreational center serving 50,000 people within a fifty mile radius.
Ironwood has many small
ski-hills, lakes, and camping areas and is about 18 miles from Lake
Superior. It has one high school, Luther L. Wright High School, informally
known as Ironwood High School. Their mascot is the "Red Devil" and
their rivalry with neighboring Hurley (WI) High is one of the nation's
longest-running interstate rivalries in high school sports.
The three ski resorts closest
to Ironwood are Big Powderhorn, Blackjack, and Indianhead. A traditional
local food is a pasty (pronounced PASS-tee). There are many varieties
but they are made of dough and filled with meat and vegetables and
Before 1989, the city had
traditional, separate police and fire departments. IPSD, as the department
is now known, continues to be the only full-time fire department in
the Western Upper Peninsula. The Public Safety Department is also
supplemented by a volunteer fire department. In response to a decade-long
rise in tourism, the department now operates a snowmobile patrol unit
from December to February.
The area boasts the Black
River National Forest Scenic Byway, including numerous waterfalls
and the Copper Peak Ski Flying Complex. In the Summer and Fall, Copper
Peak offers chairlift and elevator rides to the top of the world's
largest ski jump.
See the Ironwood
Chamber website to find out more ways to enjoy your next vacation
or trip to Ironwood Michigan.