From the bloggers at Rolling in a RV.
A good port, limestone cliffs and a seemingly endless supply of trees for the charcoal kilns made Fayette an ideal location for smelting pig iron. Iron ore from Upper Peninsula mines was shipped by rail to Fayette. After the completion of the smelting process, bars of pig iron were loaded onto barges to continue their journey to steel-making centers on the shores of the Great Lakes.
At it’s peak nearly 500 people lived in Fayette. The blast furnaces operated from 1867 and 1891 and produced 229,288 tons of iron. When the furnaces were shut down, the population dwindled and the town became a resort and fishing village. Escanaba Paper Company purchased the land which they then traded for timberland leading to the establishment of Fayette Historic State Park. The park includes a visitor center, restored buildings with interpretive displays, hiking trails and a campground.
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