Iron County

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Iron County was organized in 1885 from territory taken from Marquette and Menominee counties. It was organized in that year. It was named for the valuable iron ore found within its borders. Chrystal Falls is the county seat.



Reared, educated and married in Sweden, Nels A Holmes left his native country in 1882, America being his objective point of destination. He spent a short time in the busy city of Chicago, from there going to Wisconsin. Not being entirely pleased with his prospects in either place, he came to the Upper Peninsula, locating in the new town of Iron River. Iron county was then a veritable wilderness in which very few mines had been opened. Soon taking up a homestead claim in Stambaugh township, three miles from Iron River, he built a log cabin in the woods, and there in 1884, he was joined by his family. He has been a resident of Iron county continuously ever since, living a part of the time in Iron River, at the present time in 1910, occupying his home farm. He has three children Herman Gust A and Annie Elizabeth. Source: A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People ..., Volume 2, Alvah Littlefield Sawyer, p. 667


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