Fort Wilkins – Copper Harbor MI

Description

Established in 1844 to protect the government’s interests in the region’s “Copper Boom,” Fort Wilkinson was permanently abandoned by the U.S. Army in 1870 and became a state park in 1923. Beginning in 1938, renovation of the park began under the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The improvements “included a 200 car parking area, upgraded campsites, water and sewer systems, a park store and campground shower building,” as well as historic preservation work that today instruct visitors about conditions on the mid-19th-century frontier. (fortwilkinsha.org.)

Source notes

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Work Projects Administration, Information Service, Primary File, 1936-42, Box 15, Folder 290-A. 

http://www.fortwilkinsnha.org/history.html, accessed October 29, 2014.

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on October 29, 2014.

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

Location Info


15223 U.S. 41
Copper Harbor, MI 49918

Coordinates: 47.463674, -87.90204949999998

Leave a Reply

Before leaving a comment, please note:

  • Comments allow viewers to share information with others or alert us to errors or changes in a New Deal site.
  • We are not involved in the management of New Deal sites and have no information about visits, hours or rentals.
  • This page shows all the information we have for this site; if you have new information or photos to share, click below.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.