Begun as an iron-mining and logging town around 1884, Hurley enjoyed more than 30 years of prosperity and high living—its main street once was studded with 76 saloons and taverns along a five-block stretch.
The town's colorful past is celebrated in several books, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Edna Ferber's “Come and Get It.” The movie version of Ernest Hemingway's novel “Adventures of a Young Man” was filmed in Hurley. The Iron County Historical Museum , in the old county courthouse at 303 Iron St., contains artifacts recalling Hurley's mining and logging heritage; phone (715) 561-2244.
Summer adventurers can try out miles of hiking, mountain bicycling and all-terrain vehicle trails, or explore more than 50 waterfalls in the area. During winter, skiers can visit Whitecap Mountains in nearby Ironbelt. Hurley also is a convenient base for exploring Iron County's 450 miles of snowmobile trails.
Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce 316 Silver St. HURLEY, WI 54534. Phone:(715)561-4334 or (866)340-4334