Calumet ( or KAL-yuu-MET) is a village in Calumet Township, Houghton County, in the U.S. state of Michigan‘s Upper Peninsula, that was once at the center of the mining industry of the Upper Peninsula. Also known as Red Jacket, the village includes the Calumet Downtown Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The village may itself be included within the Calumet Historic District, a larger area which is NRHP-listed and which is a National Historic Landmark District. It is bordered on the north by Calumet Township, on the south by the unincorporated towns of Newtown and Blue Jacket, on the east by Blue Jacket and Calumet Township, and on the west by Yellow Jacket and Calumet Township.
The population was 726 at the 2010 census. Calumet’s nickname is Copper Town U.S.A. What is now Calumet was settled in 1864, originally under the name of “Red Jacket“, named for a Native American Chief of the Seneca tribe. Until 1895 the name “Calumet” was used by the nearby town of Laurium, Michigan; present-day Calumet was not legally named so until 1929.Red Jacket grew due to the copper mines in the area. It was incorporated as a town in 1867. The copper mines were particularly rich; the Boston-based Calumet and Hecla Mining Company produced more than half of the United States’s copper from 1871 through 1880. In addition to copper mining and smelting, the region also supported the dairy industry and truck farming.
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