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Yankee Steam Locomotive Returns Home To Negaunee!


Iron Industry Museum, Negaunee, MIDecember 1st, 2023

The Yankee steam locomotive is home after three years of restoration!Come see the Yankee and learn about its restoration at a Michigan Iron Industry Museum open house on Friday, Dec. 1, from 5-8 p.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.The Yankee is one of the oldest surviving steam locomotives in the United States, one of two industrial geared vertical boiler locomotives in America, and one of three surviving Chaplin steam engines in the world. It was used at the Jackson mine in Negaunee to haul iron ore out of the mine from 1868 to 1895.The Yankee and its twin, the John Bull, signaled the first major technological change for the Upper Peninsula iron mines – the coming of steam.The locomotive was saved from scrap and spent most of the past 100 years outside. It was in poor condition in 2020, when the Michigan History Center applied for and received an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to help fund conservation and restoration efforts. B. R. Howard and Associates of Carlisle, Pennsylvania restored it to its original appearance. It arrived at its new home inside the museum in October 2023. A full exhibition to share its story is under development.During the open house, visitors are also welcome to shop for unique holiday gifts in the museum store. For more information, call the museum office at 906-475-7857 or email Barry James at eight miles west of Marquette, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum overlooks the Carp River and the site of the first iron manufactory in the Lake Superior region. The museum tells the story of Michigan’s three iron ranges and the people who worked them, through dramatic exhibits, audio-visual programs, and outdoor interpretive trails. Learn more at Michigan History Center, part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, fosters curiosity, enjoyment and inspiration rooted in Michigan’s stories.The Archives of Michigan and 12 museums and historic sites across the state provide family-friendly places where people of all ages can have fun learning about their heritage and the history of Michigan through research, exhibits, special events and diverse programming. For more information, visit


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