Gogebic County, MIGenWeb




Known for its scenic beauty, big snow, its waterfalls and mines, Gogebic is the westernmost county in Michigan's beautiful upper peninsula, and is bordered by the state of Wisconsin on the south and west sides. Northward lies Lake Superior and Ontonagon County.  Iron County, Michigan is to the east.

Development of the area began about 1871 when iron ore was discovered near the Montreal River. The mid-1880's brought prosperity from mining activity. Though the Gogebic range was the last iron range to open in the area and at the peak of the mining era, it produced 7 million tons of ore annually. Mining camps and towns sprung up, among which were Ironwood, Bessemer and Wakefield. At the height of the mining era, in the late 1800's, wooden buildings, sidewalks and streets of slush and mud in the winter and dust in the summer, these communities were abundant with saloons, gambling halls, boarding houses, hotels, and even a Chinese laundryman, all supporting prospectors, woodmen and miners.

This website is being maintained by Colleen Pustola. If you have anything to contribute, any suggestions for inclusion on the site, or simply want to send a friendly greeting, just email me! I'd love to hear from you. The Michigan State Coordinator is Jan Cortez.

Please note: I do not live in Michigan and am unable to help you with local research.




This page last updated 7April2012