Heritage/History

The Hurley Area is home to some pretty impressive, one-of-a-kind features and even some world records to include establishing the Guinness World Record for the Largest/Longest ATV parade in 2005 with 687 all terrain vehicles (ATV’s) in a 2 mile parade.

When visiting the Hurley Area, you might

  • See the remnants of the world’s deepest iron ore mine in Montreal, WI, where early settlersworked nearly a mile underground. The entire town of Montreal was built as a utopian mining community. The Montreal Mining Company provided everything that they felt the miners and their families needed, from shopping, entertainment, services, churches, etc.  The entire town of Montreal is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Enjoy the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior, which contains 10% of the world’s fresh water supply and as much water as the other four great lakes combined. Saxon Harbor at Lake Superior is Iron County’s gateway to the Chequamegon Bay which means the ‘gathering of the waters.’ From Saxon Harbor, one can fish, swim, boat or sail in the beautiful waters that make up Gitchee Gumee, which means’ big water.’
  • Visit Pence, Wisconsin, which has the greatest concentration of log buildings of any town of its  size in the state of Wisconsin. Italian and Corsican immigrants settling in this area to work the iron ore mine or logging camps built their homes and outbuildings using logs and other materials thatthey would find. More than 20 unique log buildings, representing different styles of log construction are scattered throughout the community. State historical signage is on display in Pence referring to these historic buildings.
  • Discover the Annala Round Barn, just south of Hurley, which is the only round barn in Wisconsin made entirely of massive field stones. It was built in 1917 by Finnish Stonemason Matt Annala and is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.