Keweenaw County Historical Society

Caretakers of the past, stewards of the future


The Bammert Blacksmith Shop

Bammert Blacksmith Shop - outside

Donated to the Society in 1998 by the grandsons of blacksmith Amos Bammert, the shop was built in the 1880s at the Cliff Mine location and moved to Phoenix in about 1906. Amos, born in 1863, operated the shop until his death in 1940. Blacksmiths were much in demand in the early days of Keweenaw copper mining, as horse-drawn carriages and wagons were the principal means of land transportation until the arrival of the Keweenaw railroad in 1907.

(Photo: The Bammert Blacksmith shop is in Phoenix, Michigan, near the Phoenix Church.)

Inside the Bammert Blacksmith Shop In addition to shoeing horses, blacksmiths could repair and make almost anything made of metal. Amos built buggies, sleighs, and wagon wheels in this shop. Many of the tools of the blacksmith trade, including the forge, were left undisturbed in the building when the business was closed. The Society has restored the building's exterior and interior, exhibiting the shop and equipment as they were at the end of the nineteenth century. 

(Photo: Inside the Bammert Blacksmith Shop.)

Visiting the Bammert Blacksmith Shop

Hours & Admission- The Bammert Blacksmith Shop at Phoenix is open from mid-June to early October. There is no admission charge for this museum however a donation is appreciated.

Location- The Bammert Blacksmith Shop is located just north of Phoenix, along M26 towards Eagle River. GPS: N 47 23.558 W 88 16.593, Decimal Degrees: 47.392635, -88.27655

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ALL KCHS buildings will NOT open in 2020 AND all public events are CANCELED for 2020

Based upon the recommendations of various well-documented public health, government and organizational sources, at the May 21, 2020 Keweenaw County Historical Society Board Meeting it was decided that the Keweenaw County Historical Society not staff any facilities or open any buildings in the summer of 2020 in light of the risk of the spread of the Covid-19 virus. It is further the stance of KCHS that the organization does not want to be in a position where we, as an organization, inadvertently spread this virus to visitors or to our volunteers at KCHS facilities/activities in the U.P.

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