Celebrating National Miners Day

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NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - Wednesday, December 6 is National Miners Day. That holds unique significance to the Upper Peninsula.

Mining first started in the U.P. back in the 1840's. Since then mining and miners have played a key role in the development of many U.P. Communities. The Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township has numerous displays and programs throughout the year highlighting the impact mining has made on the area.

"It's a good time to recognize the impact that miners have contributed to these local communities in terms of manpower and sacrifice, especially during the underground iron mining era, mining was a very dangerous occupation," said Troy Henderson, Historian at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum.

According to the National Mining Association U.S. mines account for more than 560,000 jobs and contributes about $100 billion to the GDP.