History seldom leaves intact the physical reminders of its triumphs and tragedies. The Iron Bay Restaurant and Drinkery sits among history preserved and treasured. History took place outside these windows, and under this very roof. Indeed, famed Civil War historian Bruce Catton will write of the year 1858:"The steamers came down from Lake Superior that spring, carrying iron ore to furnaces on the lower lakes, and this was the first spring it had happened ... and now the steamers could go all the way from Cleveland and Detroit to the new ports of the Marquette range to bring ore down to the new furnaces ... and nothing would be the same again."

It was the ore from the Marquette iron range, turned to steel, that built the railroads and cannons that doomed the South during the Civil War. That ore would then go on to fuel the industrial revolution, win World War I and World War II, build towns and schools, magnificent bridges, entire cities - and literally change the world. The roof under which we sit witnessed it all, often providing the tools and hardware needed for massive mining operations, along with some surprising innovations and inventions. We will be sharing many of those stories with you in future editions of Iron Bay Times, and want to thank the Marquette History Museum and Jack Deo for providing photos, for this premiere edition. We hope you will take the time to absorb the incredible history surrounding you, while enjoying a great dining and imbibing experience.

From Iron Bay Times Premiere Edition

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Special thanks to the Marquette History Museum and Jack Deo for providing photos.