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National Park Service Celebrates 99 Years

When the National Park Service was formed 99 years ago, the Quincy Mine Hoist was bustling with activity.

Today the site is still pretty busy, but as part of the Keweenaw National Historical Park.

Park Ranger Kristen Hiske says the staff works hard to educate people about the history of copper mining in the area.

A Park Open House was held with activities at both the Mine Hoist in Hancock and the Visitor’s Center in Calumet.

Those activities included live music, hands-on projects for kids and tours through the mine.

Kalamazoo resident Brad Schmitz was visiting the mine while on his way to Copper Harbor.

This is just a prelude to the big celebration in 2016.

Next year, the National Park Service turns 100 and events will be held throughout the year to mark the occasion.

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