Baraga County was named after Bishop Frederic Baraga, consecrated as the Upper Peninsula’s first Bishop on November 1, 1853. In 1875, the state legislature officially approved the county’s formation. The county consists of 904.16 square miles (578,664 acres) of land area and 164.40 square miles (105,217 acres) of water area. Population totaled 8,746 at the time of the 2000 Census.
Baraga County is bordered by Houghton County to the west, Iron County to the south, and Marquette County to the east, with Lake Superior bordering approximately 75% of its northern shore. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community holds approximately 19 miles of Lake Superior shoreline, 3,000 acres of wetlands, and 80 miles of rivers on the L’Anse Indian Reservation.
A rich history, one rooted in the struggles of the mining, logging, and railroad industries, tells of the county’s natural beauty, its resiliency, and the ever present drive to push forward.
To learn more about the history of Baraga County, please visit the Baraga County Historical Museum website at http://www.baragacountyhistoricalmuseum.com
This website is a cooperative effort of Baraga County Government, Baraga County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Baraga County Chamber of Commerce. We welcome all businesses to be listed on our website, including community organizations, non-profit groups, and anyone conducting business in, or located in Baraga County. Membership in either the Convention and Visitors Bureau or the Chamber of Commerce entitles a business to an enhanced listing, including a link to the business website.
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