History

our history

1930 -

In April, 1930, land was purchased and cleared; a grass runway was constructed and then used by airplanes.

The airport was dedicated on September 3, 1930 with over 15,000 people in attendance.
Airport History 1
Airport History 2

 

1938 -

During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed our historic stone hangar. This 80′ x 100′ fieldstone structure remains one of the only two such buildings still in air service today; it has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institute.

Stone Hangar

1949 -

A paved east-west runway, 75’ x 3900’, was constructed during the summer of 1949.

1949 -

Scheduled passenger service with the Douglas DC-3 by Wisconsin Central Airlines began December 1, 1949.

1960 -

The terminal building was constructed during the summer of 1960.

Terminal Bldg-Front

1978 -

A new runway, 150’ x 6500’, was constructed in 1978.

1978 -

In 1978 Gogebic County (Michigan) entered into an agreement with Iron County (Wisconsin) for joint management of the airport. The Airport Board currently consists of 5 members, 3 from Gogebic County and 2 from Iron County.

1987-1995 -

Three new hangars were constructed in 1987, 1989, and 1995.

2010-

Construction of the “new” terminal building was completed.

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2014-

East parallel taxiway construction was completed.

Photo courtesy of Steve Sell- 2014

Photo courtesy of Steve Sell- 2014

2015 -

West parallel taxiway construction was completed.