The city if Iron Mountain’s motto is “Mindful of the past, Secure in the future, Driven to excellence.” The city is home to 7,624 residents, as recorded in the 2010 census. Because the city is larger than the small towns in the vicinity, Iron Mountain is the place to go for shopping, entertainment, health care, dining, and lodging. The city is home to the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Iron Mountain’s name is derived from the valuable iron ore found in the area, and the city was once a mining boom town. Today, mine tours are open to the public and feature large underground, lighted caverns visible from aboard a train that travels 2,600 feet through drifts and tunnels and 400 feet below ground.
Preservation and revitalization of buildings in the downtown make it an inviting place to visit. The Iron Mountain Main Street program hosts a Farmer’s Market from June to October. The market features the work of local artisans, along with locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Also in the downtown, through the Power of Words Project, Iron Mountain native Mia Tavonatti partners with local residents to paint murals that reflect the community.
Another point of interest is Pine Mountain, one of the world’s best ski jumping hills, where an annual winter tournament attracts competitors from across the world. Several residents from the area who trained at Pine Mountain became Olympic ski jumpers.
Notable Iron Mountain natives include former Detroit Lions football coach Steve Mariucci and Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo.
The Iron Mountain Public Schools are the home of the Mountaineers, and their motto is “The Place to Succeed.”