History
of
Keweenaw County Michigan
History of Michigan Horticulture:
Being a Part of the Seventeenth Annual ...
By Theodatus Timothy Lyon 1887

This county was laid off, organized, named and the county seat established at Eagle River, by an act of the Legislature approved March 11th, 1861. Keweenaw is an Indian name derived from Kee-wi-wai-non-ing, and signifies a portage.

John H. Forster (Pioneer Collections, vol. 8, page 137) says:

** Down to the end of tho season of 1847, exploring and mining for copper had been the great absorbing pursuits engaging the attention of the pioneers. Explorations had been made in the the regions bordering the lake; but regular mining had been confined to Keweenaw Point, of which the famous 'Cliff' was the chief exponent. This, in 1860, had grown to large dimensions, feeding a large village of miners and laborers, with broad cultivated fields, open to the sun and yielding grass, oats, potatoes and other root crops abundantly.”

But horticulture here, and agriculture as well, are necessarily limited to supplying the needs of the mining population, for such articles as can only be imported at a cost as great or greater than that of local production.

The census of 1884 shows neither orchards nor fruits grown in the county;, and only $200.00 worth of market garden products sold; while tho wood cut in 1883, was valued at $6,430.00, and the total value of all forest products was $20,065.00.