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‘Houghton Miner’ statue damaged in car crash

According to the City of Houghton, the Houghton Miner statue in Franklin Square was hit by a car at about 11:15 p.m. Jan. 3.
Houghton Miner statue in downtown Houghton, Michigan.
Houghton Miner statue in downtown Houghton, Michigan.(City of Houghton)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 10:53 AM EST
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HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - An iconic fixture in downtown Houghton has been removed following a car crash Sunday night.

According to the City of Houghton, the Houghton Miner statue in Franklin Square was hit by a car at about 11:15 p.m. Jan. 3.

The city says the driver was uninjured, but the statue was “severely damaged.”

“He has been taken up to the Department of Public Works until he can be properly repaired and placed back in his spot,” the city wrote in a Facebook post.

The city says the miner has been at the entrance to downtown, from the Michigan Tech campus side, since 1980.

“The 6 foot tall bronze sculpture by Elizabeth Biesiot depicts a young miner in his jacket and lantern helmet striding forward carrying his lunch pail and pick to go to work in the mine,” the city said. “The statue honors the spirit that gave birth to Houghton and our region. He will be back.”

A full version photo of the miner statue can be seen here.

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