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Ironwood, Michigan
City
Downtown Ironwood
Location of Ironwood, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Gogebic
Area
 • Total 6.42 sq mi (16.63 km2)
 • Land 6.42 sq mi (16.63 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,506 ft (459 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,387
 • Estimate (2012) 5,246
 • Density 839.1/sq mi (324.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 49938
Area code(s) 906
FIPS code 26-41060
GNIS feature ID 0629087
Website www.cityofironwood.org
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  • Full Service Packing - All items in your home are packed by our trustworthy household movers using the most up-to-date packing methods and materials in the industry.
  • Fragile Packing - You define your breakable or high-value items such as dishes, glassware, artwork, fragile furniture, mirrors, etc. and we will professionally pack them with care, while you pack all of your other belongings.
  • Do It Yourself Packing - Rose can provide boxes and materials to make your job as easy as possible.
Basic Household Moving Services
  • Loading - Each of your belongings is labeled, inventoried and loaded in a systematic process. Additionally, all upholstered furniture is wrapped in stretch wrap, a strong, clear plastic that completely covers the furniture, protecting it from dirt and damage.
  • Transportation - All of our trailers are equipped with air-ride suspension systems to ensure the contents travel in the safest manner possible. All trucks are driven by professional household movers with the best training in the industry.
  • Unloading - Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request. Additionally, our household movers will protect your new home by using several types of floor runners to prevent stains or scratches on carpet and wood flooring.
Ironwood MI 49938
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You want your stuff moved quickly, efficiently and safely?  Better contact Allied.  They gave me all the boxes, paper and wardrobes I needed to move 1400 miles from Michigan to Florida. Movers (Brian and Glenn) showed up on time and did all the work.  They gave me a date for delivery and I drove to my new location.  Everything arrived on the day promised and they loaded it all into a storage unit so I just pick up a few boxes a day. They also set up the king size bed and moved all the furniture to the exact location I wanted. Erica and Beverly always kept me informed as to my move status. Movers were a crew of two.  Never saw anybody work that hard on both ends of the move. Thought about using those giant pods until I found out the cost AND that I would have to load and unload it. Couldn't be happier with the move and I won't miss the snow.
December 14, 2016
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Moving can be a real pain, and and when my moving company told me they could not do the move, I was in a panic. My house closing was coming up very quickly and I needed to be out of my house.  Add on top of that I was retiring at the same time and moving to Texas, well the stress level was high.  In the matter of three days, seven companies told me they could not do the move.  Until I talked to Erica at Rose moving.  She listened to my story, called her boss, and told me she could meet the next day to get everything set for the move the day I needed it.  In the span of three hours, all the paperwork was complete, inventoried the entire house, locked in the movers and was able to work within my schedule. Beverly Thomason in the office sent me all the paperwork I needed the next day, was signed and returned.  On the day of the move, the team came in and were very pleasant and professional.  Every specialty item, heirloom, breakable glassware and framed paintings and memorabilia was cared for as if it was their own. Within three hours,, everything was loaded on the truck and sent to the warehouse for storage and crating.  Through the two weeks it sat in storage, Beverly kept me up to date with shipment to my new address.  On the day the shipment came, the delivery team took extra special care in preparing the house to move items inside.  This team was great! The entire process from when they arrived until they departed was about two hours.  They were very professional and worked through a couple of changes in where items were to go.  Everything arrived it perfect condition. They were kind and courteous and went out of their way to make sure that everything I needed done was done.  Although a long review, Rose Moving went out of their way at the last minute to take care of my move.  Two teams, two trucks, two really great move specialists, two thousand miles of travel and the best, most professional move I've ever had. Instead of shopping around, make Rose your first choice in preparing your move.
July 22, 2015
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Rose moved us from Michigan to Las Vegas.
They were great. They are responsible for my continuing service with Angie's List. We had never had a big move prior and this was a really good experience.
October 12, 2011
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Ironwood (Get Movers Quote for Ironwood, MI) is a city in Gogebic (Gogebic, Michigan Relocation Company) in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18 miles (29 km) south of Lake Superior. The population was 5,387 at the 2010 census. The city is on US 2 and is situated opposite the Montreal River from Hurley, Wisconsin. It is the westernmost city in Michigan, situated on the same line of longitude (90.2 degrees West) as Clinton, Iowa and St. Louis, Missouri.

While originally an iron mining town, the area is now known for its downhill skiing resorts, including Big Powderhorn, Blackjack, Indianhead, Mount Zion and Whitecap as well as its cross country skiing at the Wolverine (Wolverine, MI Moving Companies) Nordic Trail System.

"World's Tallest Indian"

Ironwood (Get Moving Estimate for Ironwood, MI) is home of the "World's Tallest Indian" : a 52 ft (15.8 m) fiberglass statue of tribal leader Hiawatha.

The city is at the south end of Ironwood (Get Moving Quote for Ironwood, MI) Township, but is administratively autonomous.

History

The town of Ironwood (Get Moving Quote for Ironwood, MI) was settled in the spring of 1885. The town was incorporated as a village in 1887 and as a city on April 8, 1889. The township area north of the city was incorporated as Ironwood (Get Moving Prices for Ironwood, MI) Township on April 8, 1889. In 1890 the population of Ironwood (Get Moving Quote for Ironwood, MI) passed 7500 and in 1900 it reached 10000.

Iron ore was found in the area in the 1870s but it wasn't until the mid-1880s when the arrival of the railroad to the area opened it for more extensive exploration of the vast iron ore deposits. Soon several mines were discovered and opened such as the Norrie mine, Aurora mine, Ashland mine, Newport (Newport, MI Moving) mine, and Pabst mine. The opening of the mines and the lumber works in the area led to a rapid influx of immigrants both from other parts of the USA and directly from Europe (mainly Sweden, Germany, England, Italy, Poland, Finland).

On September 17, 1887, a disastrous fire swept over half of the business portion of the town, although the buildings that were lost were quickly rebuilt. In 1926, the Pabst Mine Disaster took place, killing three miners and trapping 43 more for up to five days.

Its name's origin is usually considered to be from the following: James (Iron) Wood was a mining captain who worked for Fredrick Rhinelander. Arriving on the train to this wilderness camp, Mr. Rhinelander named the town in honor of his captain. There's a small park at the corner of North Suffolk and Fredrick Streets in honor of James Wood. Fredrick Street was in turn named after Fredrick Rhinelander for whom Rhinelander, Wisconsin was named.

The Ironwood (Get Moves Estimate for Ironwood, MI) Theatre Complex (now The Historic Ironwood (Get Move Quote for Ironwood, MI) Theatre Center for the Performing Arts) is on the National Register of Historic Places

The religious life among the immigrants of different nationalities was very active. Already in the early 1890s there were twelve different churches in Ironwood (Get Moving Cost for Ironwood, MI).

  • The Methodist Episcopal Church
  • The Jessieville Methodist Episcopal Church
  • St Ambrose Church (Catholic)
  • St Michael's Church (Catholic)
  • First Swedish Baptist Church
  • Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Swedish Mission Church (Covenant Church)
  • Swedish Luther (Luther, Michigan Relocation Companies)an Church
  • First Finnish Luther (Luther, MI Relocation)an Church
  • The First Presbyterian Church
  • St Pauls Episcopal Church
  • The First Apostolic Luther (Luther, MI Moving)an Church

Culture

Ironwood (Get Moves Estimate for Ironwood, MI) boasts a rich cultural life that includes two theater organizations Theatre North and Ironwood (Get Move Estimate for Ironwood, MI) Theatre. Ironwood (Get Moves Quote for Ironwood, MI) Dance Company produces shows throughout the year and sends dancers to compete at state and national competitions. The Ironwood (Get Moves Prices for Ironwood, MI) Carnegie Library is the oldest operating Carnegie library in the state of Michigan. Each summer the Pine Mountain Music Festival brings top performances to Ironwood (Get Move Cost for Ironwood, MI).

Literature

Ironwood (Get Relocation Cost for Ironwood, MI) and its famous pasties appear in Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods. Ironwood (Get Moves Prices for Ironwood, MI) and the Ironwood (Get Movers Quote for Ironwood, MI) region are central to folk novel Marvin & Me, by author and Ironwood (Get Move Cost for Ironwood, MI) native Rod Stockhaus.

Government

The Memorial Building is on the National Register of Historic Places

Ironwood (Get Relocation Quote for Ironwood, MI)'s city government, like many other small Michigan communities, consists of a 5-member city council with the top vote receiver serving as Mayor. Day-to-day operations are the responsibility of the City Manager, who reports directly to the council during their two monthly, public meetings.

Public protection

The City of Ironwood (Get Moves Prices for Ironwood, MI) operates a public safety department, in which all of the members are fully cross-trained and serve as both police officers and firefighters. Current city ordinances allow for a full-time staff of around twelve. Before 1989, the city had traditional, separate police and fire departments. IPSD, as the department is now known, continues to be the only full-time fire department in the Western Upper Peninsula. The Public Safety Department is also supplemented by the volunteer fire department which has been in operation since 1887. In response to a decade-long rise in tourism, the department now operates a snowmobile patrol unit from December to February, and a community-based foot patrol unit from May to September.

Education

Ironwood (Get Relocation Estimate for Ironwood, MI) Carnegie Library

Ironwood (Get Move Estimate for Ironwood, MI) has one high school, Luther L. Wright High School, informally known as Ironwood (Get Moves Quote for Ironwood, MI) High School. Their mascot is the "Red Devils," a common description of the iron ore miners that would get covered with red dust from the iron ore. Luther L. Wright enjoys a rivalry with neighboring Hurley High. It is one of the longest-running interstate rivalries in American high school sports.

Ironwood (Get Moves Cost for Ironwood, MI) was the home of the last parochial high school in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Ironwood (Get Moves Cost for Ironwood, MI) Catholic High School (formerly St. Ambrose School) closed after graduation of the senior class in 1985. The school's mascot was the ram, with the players known as the "Ramblers". The student yearbook was known as the "Loner" in recognition of its status as the last parochial school in this part of the state.

Ironwood (Get Moving Prices for Ironwood, MI) is also the location of Gogebic Community College.

Transportation

Highways

  • US 2 runs west to Ashland, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota, and runs east to Iron Mountain (Iron Mountain, MI Mover Reviews).

  • BUS US 2 serves the city of Ironwood (Get Relocation Prices for Ironwood, MI).
  • US 51 ends in nearby Hurley, Wisconsin and continues to Wausau, Wisconsin; where it intersects with Interstate 39.
  • WIS 77 starts just across the state line in Hurley and travels southwest.
The Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Depot (now the Ironwood (Get Movers Quote for Ironwood, MI) Historical Society) is on the National Register of Historic Places

Bus service

Indian Trails provides daily intercity bus service between St. Ignace and Ironwood and between Ironwood and Duluth, Minnesota, while Gogebic (Gogebic, Michigan Moving Company) operates a small public bus system.

Air service

Commercial air service is available at the Gogebic-Iron (Iron, Michigan Moving Company) Airport (IWD) north of Ironwood. Great Lakes Airlines operates flights from Ironwood to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

Roads

The main roads are well-kept, but many of the side roads were in very poor condition and are undergoing major improvement.

Communications

Newspapers

Radio stations

  • WJMS (590 AM)
  • WIMI (99.7 FM)
  • WUPM (106.9 FM)

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.42 square miles (16.63 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,387 people, 2,520 households, and 1,408 families residing in the city. The population density was 839.1 inhabitants per square mile (324.0 /km2). There were 3,175 housing units at an average density of 494.5 per square mile (190.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White, 0.5% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 2,520 households of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.1% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.72.

The median age in the city was 45.5 years. 19.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.7% were from 25 to 44; 28.7% were from 45 to 64; and 21.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,293 people, 2,841 households, and 1,625 families residing in the city. The population density was 960.3 per square mile (371.0/km²). There were 3,349 housing units at an average density of 511.0 per square mile (197.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.52% White, 0.10% African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.

The ancestral makeup of the population were 24.7% Finnish, 17.0% German, 14.8% Italian, 12.6% Polish, 10.4% English and 9.5% Swedish.

There were 2,841 households out of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.8% were non-families. 37.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 24.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,502, and the median income for a family was $30,349. Males had a median income of $26,992 versus $21,184 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,131. About 17.0% of families and 18.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.2% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Raymond Joseph Cannon, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin, attorney for Shoeless Joe Jackson (Jackson, Michigan Moving Company) and several of the Chicago Black Sox
  • William S. Carlson, President of the University of Delaware, the University of Vermont, the State University of New York, and the University of Toledo (Toledo, MI Moving Company)
  • Jack Gotta, Canadian Football League player, coach, and general manager
  • William C. Gribble, Jr., United States Army Chief of Engineers. As commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers, began the tradition of the Gold Castles insignia which forms the basis for the current "Castle" logo of the Corps
  • John Regeczi, football player and teammate of future president Gerald Ford on the University of Michigan undefeated national championship teams in 1932 and 1933

Recurrent events and notable sights

There are a number of recurrent events. A calendar is available. Chief among them are:

The Ironwood Memorial Building is located at the corners of McLeod and Marquette (Marquette, MI Movers) streets. It is a lavish 1923 Beaux arts municipal building. It contains extensive stained glass, murals, original light fixtures, and exhibits of artifacts and memorability on local history. An interesting display on the Gogebic Range's social history is upstairs. Ironwood city offices are quartered there and an ostentatious civic auditorium are in the building. Its main theme is the commemoration of local World War I veterants—1580 Gogebic area men perished in the war. This is one of several ostentatious buildings in the region paid for by copper companies.

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