Tamarack (Room #3)

Tamarack (Room #3) Frieze Julie took some photos of the frieze in the Tamarack Room (originally served as the nursery for baby Grace Hoatson). The frieze is located on the top two feet of the wall that meets the crown. It is canvas that is hand painted by artists in oil paint. This photo is…


Walking into this historic hotel you are immediately enveloped by the extraordinary neoclassical architecture courtesy of architect Charles Maass. The reception hall is complete with a hand-carved oak triple grand staircase that leads up to the 1300 square foot 3rd floor ballroom. Don’t be fooled by your twin at the end of the hall, there is an…

The Art of House Moving

Houses On the Move! Why tear down a 100 year old house when you can move it? As you might imagine, moving a house is no easy feat. It involves meticulous planning and man power. After removing or securing everything inside the house, the house has to be disconnected from utilities like electricity and water….

Keweenaw Rocket Launch Site

The Keweenaw Peninsula is the northernmost part of the U.P. of Michigan. From 1964-1971 NASA and the University of Michigan conducted rocket launches from this isolated location at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The site is a little tricky to get to but once you get there you can see what remains of the…

The Eagle’s Nest

This majestic bald eagle was captured by aspiring photographer, 11 year old, Nadja. She is the daughter of Dr. Kemmy Taylor and Dr. Mischa Doman of Baraga County. He is enjoying the sights from his perch on the shore of Lake Superior. The natural beauty up here is unparalleled to anything else….Come up for a…

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from everyone here at Laurium Manor Inn! We will be closed the month of November but will re-open for business December 1st! We look forward to seeing you this winter!

Who Brought Halloween to Michigan?

A few years ago historian Bill Loomis did an interview with Detroit News in which he discussed how Halloween came to be celebrated in Michigan—who brought it here? What did they do to celebrate Halloween? Halloween came to Michigan in the 1840s when a large population of Scottish and Irish immigrants came over. It of…

Good Morning, Keweenaw!

This stunning photograph was taken by Justin Marier of South Range, Michigan while on his way to work…. Has the Portage Canal ever look more beautiful?!

Portage Canal

In 1865, the U.S. government awarded 200,000 acres of land to the Portage Lake and Lake Superior Ship Canal Company to build a canal. (The U.S. government gave more acreage to the project that totaled around 450,000 acres upon the project’s completion.) It was a project that would take over 9 years to complete. The canal was created with the intention of connecting the Keweenaw Bay through Portage Lake with Lake Superior. This would save ships a tremendous amount of time and money!

Introducing the Portage Canal: In 1874 the canal was finished! It was 2 miles long, 100 feet in width, and 14 feet deep. (In 1935, it was widened to 500 feet in width.)


Even overcast and drizzle can’t take away the beauty…. The South entrance to the Portage Canal. Looking out at the magnificent Lake Superior.  

The Original Hoatson Safe

The Hoatson’s safe is located under the servant’s staircase towards the back of the house. The combination was lost by previous owners of the house. We don’t have any reason to believe there are millions of dollars or Jimmy Hoffa inside…intriguing thought though! It’s very heavy at an est. 600-1000 pounds.

Elephant Hide Wallpaper

At the turn-of-the-century as Queen Victoria’s reign ended with her death in 1901 and King Edward VII took over the monarchy. The Edwardian-era (“Gilded Age”) began. In Europe it was slightly different than in the United States. In Europe, lighter paint schemes and cleaner aesthetics were rapidly growing in popularity–more pastels, wicker furniture, etc. Americans…