by Ray Anthony
Presque Isle Park: Home Of The Worlds Largest Piece Of Glacier Float Copper
Prominently displayed near the Presque Isle Park pavilion at Presque Isle Park: The crown jewel site-seeing spot of Marquette Michigan is the worlds largest piece of glacier float copper. The 15 foot wide by several feet thick piece of glacier float copper weighs a whopping 40 tons.
During the last glacier thaw, the naturally formed copper “floats” or is “carried” by the massive and powerful thawing glaciers.
The piece of copper was discovered in 1997 on private property near Hancock Michigan, and through the dedication of Upper Peninsula historian and educator, Fred Rydholm, who made it possible for the floating copper to come to finally stop at Presque Isle Park.
Rydholm, a founding member of the Ancient Artifact Preservation Society (AAPS), sought out answers from the Superior Watershed Partnership to assist him in saving the copper from being utilized for industrial use by means of melting it down to more manageable pieces.
Others that have also made the move possible are as follow: Lindberg and Sons, Oberstar Excavating, Nagelkirk Landscaping, Tri-Media Engineering, Gary Moyle Contracting, Holli Forest Products, Cook Sign, and the Ford Motor Company.
Source: TV6 / Upper Michigan News Source