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He’s back! ‘Houghton Miner’ statue restored in Franklin Square

Last January, a car crashed into the sculpture -- shattering it from the waist down.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:56 PM EDT
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HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - This week marks the return of an iconic landmark in Houghton.

The ‘Houghton Miner’ statue is back in Franklin Square to welcome those entering downtown.

Last January, a car crashed into the sculpture -- shattering it from the waist down.

He was shipped out in February to a restoration firm in Milwaukee for repairs.

Michigan Tech also helped -- coming up with a bronze mixture that closely resembles the original patina.

“He’s been welcoming people to Downtown Houghton from this exact spot for the last 41 years. So we’re glad he’s back. We had a temporary (‘miner’) here which covered about six months worth of his absence. But now that he’s back, we’ll find another use for his stand-in,” said Houghton City Manager Eric Warra.

Houghton’s Department of Public Works hoisted up the miner statue Tuesday.

The six-foot-tall structure was sculpted by the late Elizabeth Biesiot.

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