Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 6,293. The city is on U.S. Highway 2 at the Wisconsin border. It is the westernmost city in Michigan.
The city is at the south end of Ironwood Township, but is politically independent.
Its name's origin is not certain, but could be from any of the following sources:
Ironwood was a logging area when it was founded. Occasionally trees would be encountered that were too hard to cut with the cross saws and axes.
Ironwood was also the center of a busy iron-ore mining region. Iron and wood, the two main industries, gave the city its name.
One of its first mayors was James Wood, who would fight with a will of iron against the mining unions.
Ironwood's main source of jobs in now the tourism industry. It has many small ski-hills, lakes, and camping areas. It is about 18 miles from Lake Superior and right on the Wisconsin border. It belongs to Gogebic county, and houses the Gogebic County Community College (GCC). It has one highschool, Ironwood High School. The IHS mascot is the "Red Devil".
The three ski resorts closest to Ironwood are Big Powderhorn Blackjack, and Indianhead.
A traditional local food is a pasty. There are many varieties but they are made of dough and filled with meat and vegetables and then baked.
Web Sites and Links
Copper Peak Ski Flying Hill and Recreation ComplexThe only ski flying hill in the western hemisphere and has the world's largest artificial ski slide. Information about adventure rides and competitions.
Great Lakes Eye SpecialistsDr. Mark Stempihar and his staff. Dedicated to protecting people's sight through comprehensive examinations and early diagnosis of diseases.
Ironwood Area Chamber of CommerceGeneral information for those considering visiting or relocating to Ironwood Township, Michigan. Includes recreation, calendar of events, area attractions, business directory, dining and lodging options.
Ironwood Daily GlobeAn on line daily newspaper, complete with news, sports, weather, obituaries and other items of interest to the Ironwood residents and those living elsewhere who are interested in Ironwood, Michigan.
Ironwood TheatreA registered, non-profit organization, dedicated to bringing arts and communities together in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northern Wisconsin.
Ironwood, MichiganHistory of the city. Links to local businesses, government, entertainment, and weather.