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Phoenix Church

The Phoenix church

St. Mary’s Church was built in 1858 to serve the Catholic residents in the nearby mining community of Cliff, scene of the area’s first major copper discovery in 1844. Services continued until 1899 when the church was dismantled and reassembled in Phoenix, where it was renamed The Church of the Assumption. Masses were held until 1957, when the last service marked a century of providing spiritual guidance to mining families and their descendants.

(Photo: The Blessing of the Pets is an annual event at the Phoenix Church.)

Mass at the Phoenix CHurchIn 1985 the Keweenaw County Historical Society took over the property and began extensive repair and restoration work. The church now appears much as it did when folks from another century knelt in prayer, a fitting memorial to one chapter of Keweenaw’s proud heritage.  Although now deconsecrated, the church is still used for weddings and memorial services. 

(Photo: A Memorial Mass is held at the church each September.)

Visiting the Phoenix Church

Season-
June 16th through October 13th, 2024.

Hours & Admission-
Hours are 8 AM - 6 PM daily.  There is no admission charge for this museum, however a donation is appreciated.

Location- The church is located at 5581 US Highway 41, Phoenix, MI.  That's in Phoenix at the intersection of Hwy 41 and M-26 going to Eagle River. GPS: N 47 23.354 W 88 16.587, Decimal Degrees:47.389230, -88.27645

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Most Sites Open June 16th
Please see individual site schedules for exact information.

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Life Saving Station Open House
13 Jul 2024
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Come and see the expanded and remodeled museum displays, rescue boats and equipment. Docents present. A Coast Guard motor rescue boat from the Coast Guard station Portage will hold dockside tours beginning at noon. Refreshments available. Admission free.

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