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BARAGA COUNTY MICHIGAN







Baraga county map

Size: 901 Square Miles
Elevation: 600-1800 Feet
Physiography: Lake Border Plains, Highlands, upland plains, hilly uplands
Growing Season: 70-110 days
Annual Precipitation: 31-35 inches
Average Snowfall: 120-180 inches
Forest Type: Aspen-Birch, Maple-Hemlock, Spruce-Fir, Pine-Oak
Fall Colors: Late September

The county is named after Father Frederic Baraga who came to America from Austria in 1831. French missionaries and traders traveled the southern shore of Lake Superior westward to Sault Ste Marie, which was also a route traveled by the Ottawa and Chippewa tribe. The shores of Keweena Bay was a stop for those traveling Lake Superior. In 1843 Methodist missionaries established a mission at Zeba. Around the same time Father Frederic Baraga built a Roman Catholic mission at Assinins. In 1871 the railroad joined the eastern end of Lake Michigamme to the Bay at L'Anse. It was at L'Anse that they discovered slate, quartz, sandstone, graphite, and peat. Today the industry includes lumbering, sand, and gravel. Baraga county has rugged coastlines, historical locales, old quarries and mines, lumber camps, ghost towns and Indian cemeteries.

Baraga (49908) Covington (49919) Keweenaw Bay (49908)
L'Anse (49946) Pelkie (49958) Skanee (49962)
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