Counties of the Upper Peninsula

Date

County Name

Named After

County Seat

1796

Wayne County

General Anthony Wayne

1818

Michilimackinac County

Great Turtle Place, Mackinac Island (Name reduced to "Mackinac" out of ease of spelling)

St. Ignace

1826

Chippewa County

Native Americans

Sault Ste. Marie

1846

Houghton County

Dr. Douglass Houghton

Houghton

1846

Ontonagon County

"Onagan" meaning "bowl" or "dish"

Ontonagon

1848

Marquette County

Jacques Marquette, S.J

Marquette

1851

Schoolcraft County

Henry Rowe Schoolcraft

Manistique

1861

Delta County

Shape of triangle

Escanaba

1861

Keweenaw County

Native American word for "portage"

Eagle River

1861

Menominee County

Menominee Indians; "wild rice people"

Menominee

1875

Baraga County

Frederick Baraga

L'Anse

1885

Iron County

Mineral

Crystal Falls

1885

Alger County

Gov Russell Alger (1885-1886)

Munising

1887

Gogebic County

From rock name of the district

Bessemer

1887

Luce County

Gov. Cyrus G. Luce (1887-1890)

Newberry

1891

Dickinson County

Don M. Dickinson postmaster general under President Cleveland

Iron Mountain