Michigan, Upper Peninsula of

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MICHIGAN, UPPER PENINSULA OF shares a 344-mile border with Wisconsin to the southwest and arches northeastward, south of Lake Superior, north of Lake Michigan, and touches Lake Huron to the east. Before the Civil War, copper was discovered in the Keweenaw Peninsula of the Upper Peninsula, and until 1900, supplied about 75 percent of America's copper. The western 60 percent of the peninsula has heavily forested, rocky highlands; the eastern 40 percent has wetlands, flat lands, and hills. Annual snowfall averages over 160 inches, and sometimes tops 300 inches. The population of about 300,000 people is thinly scattered except for the cities of Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie on the north coast.


Lassen, Tina. Michigan Handbook: Featuring the Great Lakes and the Upper Peninsula. Chico, Calif.: Moon Travel Handbooks, 1999.

McKee, Russell, ed. A Most Superior Land: Life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Lansing, Mich.: Two Peninsula Press, 1983.

Kirk H.Beetz

See alsoMichigan .