Welcome to the official website for the City of Ishpeming!
The City of Ishpeming is located in Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is south and west of the City of Marquette and directly west of Negaunee. The City of Ishpeming is 1,400 feet above sea level. Our current population is about 6,600.
Ishpeming’s history is rooted in the discovery of Iron Ore during the 1840′s. In 1846, an Indian named Madji-Gesick led explorer, Philo Everett, to a shining mountain. What Everett found was a mountain of ore measuring 180 feet high and 1,000 feet wide. This historic spot was named Jasper Knob–known today as the World’s Largest Gemstone.
Up until 1862, this area was referred to as The Lake Superior Location, but the settlers saw it fit to give the City an official name. Translating the Chippewa Indian name for “on the summit”, the settlers gave the name of ISHPEMING to the newly formed City. The name proved to be fitting for a City that is situated upon the dividing ridge between the waters of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan and 850 feet above Lake Superior.
Business M-28 Business Detour, Summer 2013
May 9, 2013 – Work has begun on the Partridge Creek Diversion project in the City of Ishpeming. Beginning May 11, a portion of M-28 Business through the City will be closed from Lakeshore Drive to Pine Street, and a detour will be used for the business route. This work will occur through late summer.
The posted detour will take motorists traveling eastbound from M-28 to 2nd Street, then Bessemer to 3rd Street, then Cleveland to 4th Street, returning to M-28 Business at Division Street.
The Partridge Creek Diversion project is the second phase of an $8.7 million investment to reroute the Partridge Creek out of a mine shaft and through the City’s storm sewer system. This work will reduce mercury loading to Deer Lake, allowing it to be delisted as an Area of Concern.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write to:
USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independece Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410
Washington, DC 20250-9410
Or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.