The city of Negaunee was established in 1844 after the discovery of iron ore deposits in the surrounding area that eventually became known as the Marquette Iron Range. Since the discovery was attributed to the Native Americans who initially resided in the area, the city gets its name from the Ojibwa term “nigani,” which means “foremost” and the closest in association with the English word for “pioneer.” Through the years Negaunee has grown from a mining town into a vibrant community rich in culture and history, exuding small-town appeal with highly valued traditions.

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Negaunee offers a good selection of mostly single-family residences, where you can choose from charming bungalows to spacious ranch homes and classic two-story houses. There are also multi-family dwellings like apartments, duplexes and triplexes with limited availability. If you’re the type that goes for new construction, you can purchase land and lots where you can build your very own custom home. No matter what your preference, there’s a home that will suit your needs in Negaunee.

Local Attractions

  • Old Towne – Once known as the “caving grounds,” this area was a thriving neighborhood that was abandoned due to the threat of cave-ins caused by years of underground mining. Visitors can now tour Old Towne and view historical family homes or traverse its meandering trailways and paths.
  • Michigan Iron Industry Museum – Overlooking the Carp River and the site of the first iron forge in the Lake Superior region, the museum features permanent and temporary exhibits, along with outdoor interpretive paths in a beautiful natural setting.
  • Negaunee Historical Museum – Run by the Negaunee Historical Society, the museum has three floors of exhibits that include a recreation of a 19th century living room, Native American artifacts, and an entire floor dedicated to mining.

Signature Events

  • Pioneer Days – A celebrated annual summer festival in Negaunee, this is usually held the week after Independence Day. Pioneer Days celebrations last an entire week and feature a variety of events ranging from softball games to picnics, cookouts and more, ending with a parade and fireworks display on the last day.
  • Heikki Lunta Winterfest – Named after the Finnish snow god, the Heikki Lunta Winterfest is held every year in January. This outdoor winter festival features an ice fishing derby, bazaars, parades, and fireworks over Teal Lake.