Mandan Ghost Town
And Other Ghost Towns In The Upper Keweenaw Peninsula
Mandan is a true ghost town of Michigan located 6.7 miles south of Copper Harbor on Route 26.
The majority of the other ghost towns in Michigan continue to operate as living, working towns, where some areas are shut down, but others are working, and remnants of the old copper mines lay somewhere just on the outskirts of town.
They are not true ghost towns. To me a true ghost town means it is run primarily by the ghosts of something.
Ghosts of old buildings, ghosts of people, to be a ghost town, ghosts in some form or fashion, must make up the majority of the town to be classified as a true ghost town.
Mandan is a true ghost town and perhaps the only one still standing in all of Michigan.
To get to Mandan, keep your eyes peeled and look for the wooden sign marker slightly placed back off the east side of the road. If you are coming from the town of Copper Harbor, this is the left side of the road.
The wood sign marker leads you to a seasonal dirt road finely suited for 2WD as long as it hasn't rained recently. Follow the dirt road less than a mile around a curve and there you'll find Mandan.
The road loops back out to Route 26 if you follow it along the logging roads.
Mandan was organized in 1864 as a copper mining boom town until it finally closed it's doors in the early 1930s.
There are three living structures still standing in Mandan.
The two houses pictured below and another I didn't photograph, because it was currently occupied by presently a living person and their family.
In Mandan, some people have used the remaining structures as summer homes, and why - it's beyond me. Because . . .
Are There Ghosts in Mandan?
As a professional psychic medium, I can tell you that two of the three homes in Mandan do have a ghostly feel.
I took my mom to Mandan this past summer. She loves history and she has always been able to sense Spirit from her own Celtic heritage, so it was a fun summer trip.
We decided to do a review of it while and these were our findings.
There are three remaining structures in Mandan and one of them is a well maintained summer home. Out of respect for the current owners, we didn't go traipsing all over the property attempting to see what, if anything, the Spirits were doing there. So we didn't evaluate the one house, but -
We did evaluate two of the other structures for ghosts and spiritual activity.
For House A.
Pictured above and located on the right side of the road in Mandan, we picked up on a lot of intensive, active, energy around this property and both saw images of miners in the long pajamas, leaning out windows, breakfast being made in the kitchen. Because we didn't see talk to anyone specific, we both agreed this house wasn't truly haunted with an actual Spirit, but rather, it just had a lot of residual energy.
For House B.
Pictured above and located on the left side of the road in Mandan, I clearly saw a terse faced dark haired woman in the right upstairs window of the home now named Camp Weasel. Her hair was pulled back tightly while she stood watching me out the window while I photographed her, the property, and thus, I stayed careful not to get too close.
My mom, who was with me at the time, asked what I thought she was doing there. So I asked the woman and was given an image of her fixing the beds and making the meals of the miners who once lived there.
So I turned to my mom and said,
"She took care of all the miners that lived there, kinda like a young house mom. Kinda sounds like a tough life to me . . . I wonder how she got the job, but I bet that's what she did."
My mom nodded and agreed,
A few hours later, we found ourselves at the General Store of Eagle River, MI.
When we walked in, the man there was making a local heritage food called a Pasty. We asked what was for lunch and he went into telling us about his Pastys, which are basically meat based hot pockets once served to miners at the end of their long shifts.
We ordered two of those, then, as they were cooking, he turned to look me square in the eye and said,
"You know, a woman just your age would live alone there in the boarding houses for miners. She'd serve as the house mom - cooking, cleaning, and making these very things for the men and the miners who lived there."
He said this to me just as my mom was walking out of the restroom, and when we were leaving, she muttered,
"Did you tell him about what you saw?"
Then, we both made the face that women make at each other when they're jointly surprised by something.
In moments like these, as a medium who loves her validation and as a mother who loves her daughter, all we could think was,
"Dang girl, you got it!"
Still talking to Spirits, getting the answers, and getting to the bottom of it . . . all while on the town with my mom.
So there you have it, folks.
Mandan has one distinct ghost that we know of and she's a house mom in her 30s.
Other than that, it's just a cool place to visit.
While you're visiting, make sure to stop by that General Store and get yourself a Pasty (here's the link to their FB page), and for a full listing of other Ghost Towns in Michigan, visit:
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Photography: The photos in this post were taken in the mining ghost town of Manadan, Michigan in the Keweenaw Peninsula. All photos taken by author. Credit: Amanda Linette Meder
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