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Amasa is an unincorporated village and census-designated place in southern Hematite Township, Iron Mountain County, in the southern-central part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The primary route through the community is US 141, which passes north-south just west of its main population center. Old US 141 (Maple Avenue) runs roughly parallel to, and east of US 141, passing through its downtown district. County Road 643 (Bates-Amasa Road) intersects US 141 in southern Amasa. Crystal Falls is 12.3 miles southeast and Iron River is 15.9 miles southwest of Amasa.

The Little Hemlock River joins the Hemlock River in the north-central part of the village, while the Hemlock River enters the south-central part of the village, flows north to the point where it is joined with the Little Hemlock River, then turns east and south before turning to the northeast, exiting in northeast Amasa.

Like much of the Upper Peninsula, Amasa was formed as a mining town. Iron ore croppings were discovered along the shore of the Hemlock River by Matthew Gibson and his son, J. Thoburn Gibson, in 1888. Once sufficient ore had been discovered, the property was acquired by the Hemlock River Mining Company, a subsidiary of the Pickands Mather & Company. Other companies that mined iron ore in Amasa included the Inland Steel Company, North Range Mining Company, Oliver Iron Mining Company, and Verona Mining Company. Additionally, the Grummett Gold and Silver Mining Company mined for gold and vanadium in the area.

The village was platted in October of 1890, west of the Hemlock River mining operations. Originally named Hemlock, it was soon renamed for Amasa Stone Mather, father-in-law of Colonel Henry S. Pickands, of Picands Mather & Company. The Chicago & Northwestern Railroad built a station in Amasa, and a post office was established on March 7, 1891, with Frederick F. Sanford as the first postmaster.

Today, the mines are closed, and village residents are largely employed in the forest products industry. The Rusty Sawblade serves lunch downtown, and Tall Pines Grocery sells grocery and deli items. The old city hall, jail, and fire station are part of the Amasa Historical Society Museum.

The focus of this category is on the village of Amasa, Michigan, so websites representing businesses, industries, churches, schools, organizations, and individuals in Amasa are appropriate here.

 

 

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