Michigan Yooper Trivia

Upper Peninsula Facts – Movoto

Here’s a neat bunch of trivia about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula I found on real estate site Movoto.


These are a few of my favorites:

 The Iron Ore, an Upper Peninsula newspaper, was sued for slander by Teddy Roosevelt. An editorial piece, called “The Teddy Way” accused him of getting drunk “not infrequently.” His winning sum? 6 cents or in his words “The cost of a good newspaper.” [The Iron Ore was published in Ishpeming. This suit was decided in Marquette at the Marquette County Courthouse]

The word “Yooper” was first published in 1979 and added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary (finally) in 2014.

The oldest and largest lava flow known on Earth is located on the Keweenaw Peninsula. This volcanic activity helped to produce the copper the region is [famous] for.

The most extensive area of old growth northern hardwood forest west of the Adirondack Mountains, located in the Porcupine Mountains, spans around 31,000 acres. Not only that, the Porcupine Mountains themselves are part of the oldest mountain chain in the world.

Being a region known for its snowfall, it’s only natural that the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States as well as the United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum call the Upper Peninsula home. Ishpeming, to be specific.

The Upper Peninsula is very regional, due to the physical separation from the rest of the state and the history of the area. From local delicacies like pasties and cudighi to the distinct dialect, to the preference of being called Yoopers before Michiganders, the extreme regionalism is definitely brought out in a variety of ways.

Mount Bohemia, a ski resort near Lac La Belle, boasts the highest vertical drop in the Midwest. With a 900-foot distance from the top of the peak to the base, it’s definitely a hill for the more experienced (and adventurous) skiers.

In 1975 the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior. When launched in 1958, she was the largest ship on the Great Lakes and remains the largest to have sunk. The Fitzgerald was endeared to boat watchers and immortalized in a song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot.

Full list here: http://www.movoto.com/mi/upper-peninsula-facts/


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