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

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

13 Tips to Becoming a Better Stone Skipper

13 Tips to Becoming a Better Stone Skipper

This is a favorite past time for many people in the Upper Peninsula from the shores of Lake Superior to Lake Michigan to a small strip of Lake Huron, and the many inland lakes. Not to mention a favorite past time of people across the world. Personally, I have skipped stones as far away from the … Read more

Length of the Great Lakes' Shoreline

Length of the Great Lakes' Shoreline

A month ago we posted a blog entry about Why Lake Superior Kicks Your Lake’s Butt, a look at several fun facts about the world’s greatest lake that the Upper Peninsula is so fortunate to share. After posting the entry Dan left a comment asking about the difference in length between Michigan’s and … Read more

The Mighty Mac vs. The Golden Gate

The Mighty Mac vs. The Golden Gate

The Mackinac Bridge has become a sort of personal symbol for me in recent years, representing how my heart is divided between my homeland of the U.P. and my current home in Grand Rapids. It seems I still have the same excitement crossing the bridge today as I did when I was a child. I grew up … Read more