Contact Us

MICHIGAN GHOST TOWN: The Violent Past of Ahmeek

A few years ago, I was up in the Keewenaw Peninsula and stopped in this little town of Ahmeek. According to the 2010 census, only 146 people resided in Ahmeek, making this an unofficial ghost town…and looking at the pictures, it sure looks like one.

What I noticed when I was there (and what you’ll see in the pictures above) were the deserted streets…the downtown area – what there is of it – had no people, no vehicles, no activity. It was even hard to find a still-operating business.┬áThe whole town is seen as one big empty square block, looking at it from an aerial view.

The name “Ahmeek” is a word taken from the Chippewa term, “amik,” which means “beaver.” And, as small as it is (only 0.07 square miles total), it is the ONLY incorporated town in Keewenaw County.

Ahmeek was founded in 1904 as a mining town and it grew rapidly. Thanks to the Copper County Strike of 1913-1914, the town became a hotbed of violence: bombs, guns, stoning, fights, murder, beatings, dynamiting…so much so, that the police and militia had to be brought in. Find out more details on this story at http://www.hu.mtu.edu/vup/Strike/.

Nowadays, it’s quiet and some of the old mines are still visible. It’s a drive to get there but it’s an interesting part of Michigan history…take a couple of days off sometime and try to get there!

Best of 99WFMK.com

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://99wfmk.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Club FMK quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Club FMK contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.