Houghton County

Population:36,016 (4th)
Pop. Density:35.59 people/sq. mile (2nd)
Land Area:1,012 sq. miles (10th)
Water Area:490 sq. miles (10th)
County Seat:Houghton
Towns:Atlantic Mine, Calumet, Chassell, Dollar Bay, Hancock, Houghton, Hubbell, Lake Linden, Laurium, Nisula, Painesdale, Sidnaw, South Range, Toivola
An (almost) Complete History of Michigan–Ok, Mostly the Upper Peninsula

An (almost) Complete History of Michigan–Ok, Mostly the Upper Peninsula

Today is Michigan’s 182nd birthday! To celebrate we’re giving a bit of history lesson. We hope you’ll learn as much we did putting this together. We’ve compiled highlights from every year since Michigan’s admittance into statehood in 1837. But as we know, this just a small piece of Michigan’s ... Read more

Complete History of the MTU/NMU Hockey Rivalry

Complete History of the MTU/NMU Hockey Rivalry

Since 1979, there have been 149 hockey games played Michigan Tech University and Northern Michigan University, making it one of the most storied rivalries in college hockey. This weekend the teams will play the 150th and 151st games of the rivalry. Northern Michigan has home ice advantage on Friday ... Read more

Sisu Strong: A Campaign for Copper Country 2018 Flood Relief

Sisu Strong: A Campaign for Copper Country 2018 Flood Relief

On June 17th, a historic weather event caused extensive damage in areas of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Several roads, businesses, and homes were lost or damaged. To all of those in the Keweenaw whose lives have been affected by this devastating storm - we may be strangers to you but we want you t... Read more

Know your Upper Peninsula Highways

Know your Upper Peninsula Highways

The Upper Peninsula is full of unique roadways offering scenic views. Some sections are straight as an arrow (lookin’ at you Seney Stretch), one is the longest state highway in Michigan, another is the only state highway in the United States not to allow cars (I’m sure you can guess which). It’s als... Read more

Yoopers who Played Major League Baseball

Yoopers who Played Major League Baseball

Throughout the history of Major League Baseball, there haven’t been many players who grew up in the Upper Peninsula. However, there have been fourteen MLB players born or raised in the Upper Peninsula, and that’s pretty impressive! Especially considering how short summers can be. As you can see four... Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Area Code 906

Everything You Need to Know About Area Code 906

Just in case you didn’t know, 906 is the only area code for the entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In addition, 906 is the largest area code in Michigan. On March 19th, 1961, area code 906 was created as a split from what was then area code 616. Currently, according to Wikipedia, the area code is n... Read more

Comedian John Oliver Recalls Visit to Houghton in Stand-up Routine

Comedian John Oliver Recalls Visit to Houghton in Stand-up Routine

In February 2010, British comedian John Oliver (known for his role as Ian Duncan in Community and appearances on The Daily Show), performed at the Rozsa Center at Michigan Tech during Winter Carnival. In one of his recent stand-up acts he recalls his visit to the Upper Peninsula. Leave a comment bel... Read more

Population and Geography of the Upper Peninsula

Population and Geography of the Upper Peninsula

320,000 People Approximately 3% of the Michigan Approximately 0.1% of the United States Population density of 19 people/sq. mile 10 Largest Cities Marquette (~19,661 people) Sault Ste. Marie (16,542) Escanaba (13,140) Menominee (9,131) Iron Mountain (8,154) Houghton (7,134) Ishpeming (6,... Read more

Celebrating 100 Years of Hockey at the Calumet Colosseum

Celebrating 100 Years of Hockey at the Calumet Colosseum

There are few rivalries in sports that date back as far as the Calumet Wolverines and Portage Lake Pioneers. The claim has been made that it’s the oldest rivalry in hockey, and we’re sticking to that belief. That rivalry is so old that it existed before there was a place to play hockey indoors. Loca... Read more

100 Years Ago, The Italian Hall Disaster

100 Years Ago, The Italian Hall Disaster

This post was contributed by Lucy Hough, a freelance writer from Marquette. She’s also a master’s student at NMU. You can follow her on Twitter at @yes_lucy. Photo courtesy of Michigan Tech archives. From an early age, we learn that to needlessly yell “Fire!” in a public space is dangerous, and, mo... Read more