126 square miles of Bessemer Township completely surrounds the
city of Bessemer. Directly East of Bessemer are the
communities of Anvil and Ramsay. Anvil is situated on a hill
overlooking Ramsay, which lies in the valley of the Black River.
West of the city of Bessemer are the communities of Ironton,
Puritan, Davis and Geneva. All are named after the mines
around which these communities originally grew during the mining
years. South and North of Bessemer are what used to be farming
communities of Harding and North Bessemer. Although some
of this land is still used for farming it is small compared to
past years. These lands encircle the other locations that
make up Bessemer Township and form a protective wall giving the
township a sense of security for its inhabitants.
On all sides of
the township hills and bluffs can be viewed. Beautiful in any
season, they are a site to behold. Also, major to this area are
the ski hills that serve many area residents and tourists that
grace their slopes from many miles away.
Jack, and Indianhead
are the ski hills of the area. The
Western UP’s Convention &
Visitor’s Bureau is a great resource when visiting the
Another main institution of the township is the location of
Aspirus Grand View
Originally built in 1924 to serve Tubercular patients, this
facility has grown to become one of the areas major providers of
nature’s awesome lakes that are located within the township are
Chaney Lake, Lynx Lake, Marell Lake just to name a few. Many of
which are located on
Forest land or the
Keweenaw Land Association.
If it’s skiing or snowboarding you’re into, please visit some of
our local hills: Indianhead Mountain Resort,
Big Powderhorn Mountain
Resort, Black Jack
located on the campus of Gogebic Community College.
The seat of the
township’s municipal government is located in the township hall
in Ramsay, which is where the supervisor, treasurer, and clerk
have offices. Along with official offices, the township hall is
also home to the Volunteer Fire
Department, the Department of Public Works, and the offices of the
Gogebic Range Water Authority and Powderhorn Area Utility
District. The Gogebic
County Court House is located only two miles from the
township in Bessemer.
After being on hiatus
for several years the 4th of July Celebration will once again
take place! From a
parade that runs down Mill Street and fireworks in the park, to
street dancing, food, fun and frolic, many people from the
surrounding communities come to enjoy all that is offered. One
local tavern located in downtown Ramsay is also a part of the
celebration and shares in the history of the township. There are
several churches throughout Township, as well as the local post
office located on Mill Street. The township itself is home to
many other businesses and services.
the Township Hall is the Ramsay Memorial Park. Talking with
some of the “old timers” of the area will provide you with
wondrous stories of childhood that include swimming in the park
when the dam was in place. After the floods of 2000, many of
the old buildings that were once used in conjunction with the
swimming hole were removed. In its place was built a new
pavilion fully equipped with kitchen and bathroom facilities
that can be used for any type of outdoor event.
Rental forms are available through
this website. The park has also been updated with playground
equipment and is one of the best places to view the historic
All in all,
Bessemer Township is the kind of place that provides beauty,
serenity, community, and is a great place for raising a family
and making life-long friends. Welcome to our area!
Bridge was constructed in 1891 by Chicago and Northwest Railroad
at a cost of $48,322. Similar to old Roman architecture,
the bridge was built without mortar on a solid rock foundation.
The bridge consists of a series of arches, with each arch having
a center keystone at the
top to lock in
the entire structure. The 5 foot thick blocks used to construct
the bridge are limestone, which was brought from Kaukauna,
Wisconsin. The bridge is 45 feet long, 44 feet wide, 57
feet high, with 50 foot
Historic Keystone Bridge