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Luce county is yet another of Michigans beautiful places. Located in the upper peninsula and about as far north as you can go without getting your feet wet. If you have any information you'd like to share about Luce County be sure and send it to US.


Luce County is located in the northeastern part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, along the southern shores of Lake Superior. Luce County's biggest claim to fame is the extraordinarily beautiful Tahquamenon Falls, featured in the photo above taken by Dick Lund on his fall trip through the Upper Peninsula. Tahquamenon Falls is the second largest falls east of the Mississippi. Luce county is still a wide open wilderness with about 1/2 of the county in the Lake Superior State Forest. The county seat is Newberry. The county is named for Michigan Governor, Cyrus Luce, who served from 1887 to 1890. If you ever want to just gaze on pure "beauty" - take a trip to Luce County.

SUBJECTS OF INTEREST IN LUCE COUNTY

BIOGRAPHIES
BIRTHS
BUSINESS & MFG.
CEMETERIES
CHURCHES
CRISP POINT
LIGHTHOUSE
GALLERY
MARRIAGES
MILITARY
OBITUARIES
PIONEER FAMILIES
SCHOOLS

HISTORIC MICHIGAN
Land of the Great Lakes
Author: George Newman Fuller (1873-1957)
In Two Volumes edited by George N. Fuller
Transcribed by Debi Hanes

Also a History of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Volume III
Including -- Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw,
Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon and Schoolcraft

Published by the National Historical Association Inc.
and dedicated to the Michigan Pioneer & Historical Society in commemoration of its fiftieth anniversary.

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CITIES, TOWNS, TOWNSHIPS, VILLAGES

Deer Park
City of Deer Park
Dollarville
Dollarville News
Helmer
Lakefield Twp.
Helmer Postoffice
City of Helmer
Photos Helmer
McMillan Township
City of McMillan
Newberry
City of Newberry
History Newberry
Newberry P.O.
Tahqualand Theatre
Ward School
Photos
Tooterville Trolley
Soo Junction
City of Soo Jct.

Luce County
Luce County was erected from the western part of Chippewa county in 1887, and at the first election held on April 20, that year, these men were raised to office: A. G. Louks, sheriff; Ambro Bettes, clerk and register of deeds; Fred J. Stewart, treasurer; S. N. Dutchcr, prosecuting attorney; William J. Aclen, surveyor; and S. J. Fraser and Sanford Helmer, coroners. The county seat was established at Newberry, which was first settled in 1881, when a clearing was made for the Vulcan furnace, and after the projection of the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic railroad through that place, it assumed a position of relative importance in that section of the Upper Peninsula. It is the location of the Newberry State Hospital for the Insane, and the Superior Iron & Chemical company there is one of the leading industries of its kind in the state.

The county seat is Newberry, the clearing of the site of which began in 1882 for the Vulcan Furnace and for the houses of the employees of that organization. The village was platted under the supervision of W. O. Strong, the land superintendent of the Detroit, Mackinac & Marquette railroad. A $5,000 school was erected within five years; incorporation was secured in 1885, and the village now has a population of 2,400 persons. The Newberry State hospital was established on a 680-acre tract of land in November, 1895, the land being donated by the Peninsula Land company and the people of Luce county. The Lake Superior Iron & Chemical company established a plant at Newberry in 1910, and when it was opened it provided one of the principal industries of this part of the state.
(Upper Peninsula of Michigan / Iron & Copper Mines Western Publ. George Newman 1883)

Luce county consists of what was formerly the west five ranges of townships in Chippewa county, together with a tier of five townships taken from the north side of Mackinac county. At the north it borders on Lake Superior, and it is bounded on tho west by Schoolcraft and Alger counties. It was set off by act of the Legislature, approved March 1st, 1867, and its organization was completed in pursuance of the provisions of such act, by tho election of tho proper county officers, on the first Monday in April, 1887. Tho county seat is at Newberry, a town on the line of the Detroit, Mackinac & Marquette railroad. The county was named for Hon. Cyras 0. Luce, who was governor of tho State at the time of its organization.

Lying, as it does, without the mineral regions, with no prominent commercial point upon tho lake, its settlement and organization as a separate county, are doubtless mainly due to tho location of the railroad through hardwood lands, which may be expected to supply charcoal for smelting purposes, while such lands, when cleared, will be adapted to agricultural purposes. Owing to its very recent organization its census returns, as well as any facts respecting its agricultural and horticultural capacities, are embodied in those of the original counties.
(History of Michigan Horticulture: Being a Part of the Seventeenth Annual ... By Theodatus Timothy Lyon)

COUNTY OFFICES / LIBRARIES / SOCIETIES

Crisp Point
Historical Society
 

NEIGHBORING COUNTIES

ALGER

CHIPPEWA

MACKINAC

SCHOOLCRAFT


H O M E
State of Michigan