"Along the Bowstring of Lake Superior" by Julian Ralph

"Along the Bowstring of Lake Superior" by Julian Ralph

Here is something I struggle with, how do you explain Lake Superior to someone who has never seen her? How do you translate the magnitude and beauty into words? In fact, I was once asked, “Can you see the other side of Lake Superior?” I am no wordsmith, but thankfully, many who have … Read more

45 Upper Peninsula books to add to your reading list

45 Upper Peninsula books to add to your reading list

Whether you’re reading up on the history of the Upper Peninsula or looking for some new places to explore this year, it’s always a good idea to have a few Upper Peninsula books lying around. We’ve been pouring over our copy of the Upper Peninsula Almanac by Ron Jolly and Karl Bohnak. It is a … 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 … Read more

"Up North" by Suzanne Kindler

"Up North" by Suzanne Kindler

Our friend Stephanie sent us this delightful little poem by Suzanne Kindler, which was penned in 1996 from what we could find. But we couldn’t find much else about Suzanne. If you know more about Suzanne Kindler we would love to find more information on her and the roots of this poem. Now, go … 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 … Read more

The 9 Essential Winter Hats of a Yooper

The 9 Essential Winter Hats of a Yooper

An Upper Peninsula winter can be one of the longest and coldest in North America. It’s snowing or blowing on most winter days. But a Yooper is prepared for every occasion and every blizzard. For every winter condition, for every kind of snowfall, for every temperature, and for social events both … Read more

Answering Your 'How' Questions About the Upper Peninsula

Answering Your 'How' Questions About the Upper Peninsula

Each day we check the web stats of U.P. Supply Co and what people have been Googling to bring traffic to the site. We thought we could make good use of this information by answering all of the “how” questions that have landed people on U.P. Supply Co. All of the questions below are verbatim … Read more

The History of Christmas, Michigan

The History of Christmas, Michigan

According to an old poll we took, Christmas is the favorite town name in the Upper Peninsula. For those of you from outside of the Upper Peninsula, here’s a map of Christmas. Christmas is located northwest of Munising, about a 5-minute drive along M-28. The town of Christmas has booming … Read more

Yooper Steez is now the Upper Peninsula Supply Co.

Yooper Steez is now the Upper Peninsula Supply Co.

The year was 2007 I was bright eyed and bushy tailed (still am) and inspired from just completing a 50-state road trip. I looked back at the nearly 50 t-shirts I had collected on that trip, as well as teaching countless people about the Upper Peninsula, Great Lakes and Michigan. In 2008, Yooper … Read more

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The SS Edmund Fitzgerald in the St. Mary’s River in May, 1975. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, by Bob Campbell, Grand Ledge, Michigan. Forty-three years ago the Edmund Fitzgerald foundered on Lake Superior, about 17 miles from the entrance of Whitefish Bay. … Read more