Beaumier Center Hosts U.P. 'Ghost Towns' Exhibit

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will launch a new exhibit titled “Remnants: Ghost Towns of the Upper Peninsula.” An opening reception is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Director Dan Truckey will give a gallery talk and refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

In each of the Upper Peninsula's 15 counties, there are several communities that could be considered ghost towns. The exhibit will feature one community from each county. These towns were settled around mines, mills, quarries and along railroads across the Upper Peninsula. When the operations were prosperous, so were the towns. With the depletion of natural resources often came the exodus of these operations and the decline of the towns. Every town and its tale are different, from the first mining operation in Michigan to Henry Ford’s model town. The exhibit will include contemporary photographs, a history of each site and a drone video presentation featuring each of the communities.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 15. Beaumier Center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on Sunday. For more information, visit, call 227-3212 or email

Prepared By
Cassidy Hinshaw
Student Writer