Iron County

Population:13,138 (8th)
Pop. Density:11.17 people/sq. mile (9th)
Land Area:1,176 sq. miles (5th)
Water Area:45 sq. miles (14th)
County Seat:Crystal Falls
Towns:Amasa, Caspian, Crystal Falls, Gaastra, Iron River, Stambaugh
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

Every 2018 Winter Olympian with Michigan Connections

Every 2018 Winter Olympian with Michigan Connections

There are 2,920 athletes from 92 countries participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Of those, 242 athletes are representing the United States of America across fifteen sports. Thirteen of those athletes were either born in Michigan or went to university in Michigan. And... Read more

Peter Peterson and the Iron River Meteorite (and other U.P. stories)

Peter Peterson and the Iron River Meteorite (and other U.P. stories)

Two wrongs may make a right, but two meteorwrongs certainly don’t make a meteorite. And here’s why. Well, first — let’s rewind. To one day in 1889 when a six-year old boy named Peter Peterson (yes, this was actually his name) was helping his father clear rocks from a field near Iron River. Things we... 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

2010 NCAA Final Four court made in Amasa

2010 NCAA Final Four court made in Amasa

A truck carries the maple court made for the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament. The floor was made in Connor Sport Court International’s plant in Amasa, Mich., and was en route to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. A banner hung on the truck is signed by employees who worked on the floor... Read more

Final Four Basketball Floor, Made in the Upper Peninsula

Final Four Basketball Floor, Made in the Upper Peninsula

During her weekly radio address Governor Jennifer Granholm made this statement. I was planning to write up a small piece myself, but Governor Granholm already did a much better job than I could have. It’s incredible how many unique products come out of the Upper Peninsula. This is Governor Jennif... Read more