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The westernmost county in the Upper Peninsula in the U.S. state of Michigan.
The county seat is Bessemer.
Formerly part of Ontonagon County, the county was set off and organized in 1887. The name is said to be derived from an Ojibwe word.
This was historically part of the territory of the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa, which had twelve bands in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The Lac Vieux Desert Indian Reservation is in this county, in Watersmeet Township, as the land base of one of the federally recognized tribes.
Gogebic County was organized by an act of the legislature approved February 2, 1887, and Bessemer, despite the rivalry of other communities, was declared the county seat. A $75,000 brownstone courthouse was erected, and in 1889, Bessemer, under the spur of its position as the seat of justice of the county, assumed its status as a city.
Bessemer (county seat) ~ Ironwood ~ Wakefield
Bessemer ~ Erwin ~ Ironwood ~ Marenisco ~ Wakefield ~ Watersmeet
Marenisco ~ Watersmeet
Other Unincorporated Communities
Connorville ~ Ramsay ~ Thomaston ~ Tula
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