Michigan Copper and Iron Mining History: May 7, 2011Tahquamenon Falls

Tahquamenon Falls is located in the Upper Peninsula of the state of Michigan, just outside the town of Paradise and Whitefist Bay. The falls are the second largest west of the Mississippi, with Niagra being the largest, and are a breat-taking and spectacular sight. The falls are separated into the Upper and Lower falls. The Upper falls in the largest of the two, it is roughly 2,000 feet across and has a 50 foot drop. About 50,000 gallons of water flow down the falls every second. The Lower falls are a four mile hike from the Upper and have a more shelve type look with the falls cascading around a small island. Both falls are hidden within the forest of Tahquamenon Falls State Park which covers 52,000 acres over 13 miles of land. Also located at the state park is the Tahquamenon Falls Brewrey and Pub, this building was built in 1996 and includes a marvelous outside fireplace for visitors to gather around.

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The Tahquamenon Falls hold a very murky brown color attributed to leaching of tanic acids from the surrounding hemlock and cedar swamp waters that feed the falls.

Work Cited:

http://www.exploringthenorth.com/tahqua/tahqua.html
http://www.superiorsights.com/information/tahquamenonfalls/


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At the Tahquamemon Falls State Park, people enjoy the trails and nature that surrounds the Upper Falls. After a scenic hike enjoy an ice cold beer at the Tahquamemon Falls Micro Brewery. Photo by Jeff Fisher

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Tahquamenon Falls: Tahquamenon Falls: The interesting and noticeable brown color water was the first visual observation that I noticed when seeing the falls in person. Because of the tannins of the cedar swamps up stream, the water looked rusted or dirty. The alternative name given by the locals is “Root Beer Falls” due to the color. - Jeff Janofski

Here is another view of the falls through some of the trees bordering the edge of the walkway down to the bottom. Most of the State Park is undeveloped without roads, telephones, etc. The Upper Falls showcased in this image is one of the largest east of the Mississippi River.-Ashley Holloway
Here is another view of the falls through some of the trees bordering the edge of the walkway down to the bottom. Most of the State Park is undeveloped without roads, telephones, etc. The Upper Falls showcased in this image is one of the largest east of the Mississippi River.-Ashley Holloway

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This is another image of the waterfall. The maximum amount of water ever recorded to fall was 50,000 gallons per second. The water falls approximately 50 feet down while stretching to about 200 feet across. -Heather Bartels

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this sign sits at the viewing platform at the upper falls at the brink.-Kait Greathouse

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map of the Falls By Jeff dewaters


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These two men are responsible for the Tahquamenon River Improvement Company and the development of Tahquamenon River. Jordan Harris


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these falls drop approximately 50 feet from the top to bottow and stretch over 200 feet wide - Joe Fuld