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The Keweenaw is the northernmost part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It projects into Lake Superior and was the site of the first copper boom in the United States. As of the 2000 census, its population was roughly 43,200. Its major industries are now logging and tourism, as well as jobs related to Michigan Technological University and Finlandia University.

The Upper Peninsula contains 29% of the land area of Michigan but just 3% of its total population. Residents are frequently called Yoopers (derived from "U.P.-ers") and have a strong regional identity. The peninsula is among one of the only counties in the United States where a majority of residents claim Finnish ancestry.


Quincy Mine - Hancock, MI


Hancock is a city in Houghton County, Michigan, United States, and is part of the Keweenaw Peninsula, on the Keweenaw Waterway directly opposite Houghton, Michigan. The population was 4,634 at the 2010 census.

Hancock has been called "the focal point of Finns in the United States". Hancock hosts an annual midwinter festival called Heikinpäivä, celebrating the feast day of Saint Henrik, patron saint of Finland, and Heikki Lunta.


Every summer, the cities of Hancock and neighboring Houghton host a festival known as "Bridgefest," to commemorate the building of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge.

Hancock has a humid continental climate, with beautiful summers, a very short drive to Lake Superior, and snowy winters with lake effect snow.

PORTAGe lift bridge

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