At the northernmost point of the Keweenaw Peninsula in the U.P. is the remains of an old rocket launchpad. The site was used in the 60’s to launch experimental rockets. The only thing that remains of the old site is a concrete pad and an old iron rail. A stone memorial was placed a the site to commemorate the historic achievements.
The memorial reads:
The Keweenaw Rocket Range
The State Of Michigan established a rocket range on this site which was used from 1964 – 1971. Michigan’s first rocket to enter space was launched from this site on Jan. 29, 1971. In tribute to the historic work done in the field of rocketry, this memorial stone was placed in the summer of the year 2000.
It is an interesting a beautiful place to visit along the Lake Superior shoreline. The road to get to the former site can be challenging and requires a four-wheel drive vehicle or some people have ridden a mountain bike to the old rocket range. you can learn more about the old rocket range in Volume 3 of my Lost In Michigan books.
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