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Situated in the northern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the village of L'Anse, Michigan is largely along the US-41 corridor, with its residential area extending north along southeastern banks of Keweenaw Bay, an arm of Lake Superior.

The only other incorporated municipality within thirty miles of L'Anse is Baraga, which is across the bay, and accessible via US-41, a five-mile drive. Unincorporated communities within ten miles include Zeba, Assinins, Herman, Bear Town, Alberta, Pequaming, and Keweenaw Bay.

Falls River and Linden Creek flow through the village. Falls River is a 5.1-mile waterway that flows into Lake Superior in L'Anse, while Linden Creek enters Lake Superior just northeast of the river.

L'Anse is the Baraga County seat, and also the location of the township offices.

L'Anse began as a mission to the Ojibwe people who inhabited the area, and a portion of the L'Anse Reservation is within the village. Founded in 1660 by the French Jesuit, René Ménard, the site later became a Methodist mission.

The early inhabitation of the area involved the Ojibwe, and perhaps some other Native American people, as well as French missionaries, and fur traders. Peter Crebassa opened a trading post in 1837, and became the first postmaster on July 2, 1866. A stagecoach line connected L'Anse with Houghton and Marquette in the mid-1860s, transporting passengers, supplies, and mail.

In 1871, the Marquette, Houghton & Ontonagon Railroad made the area a terminus for its rail line, the post office was moved to a new location, but retained the same name. The railroad served the growing iron mining and forest products industries, as L'Anse served as a Lake Superior port. The cove shape of Keweenaw Bay protected ships from the weather, and the completion of an iron ore dock allowed ore to be transported by ship, and equipment to be transported to the region. Once the railroad came, the community grew quickly, as homes and commercial buildings were erected.

The village was platted by S.L. Smith, Charles H. Palmer, and James Bendry in 1871, and incorporated as a village in 1873.

However, the National Panic of 1873 limited further expansion of the village, and many businesses moved out of the area. Those who remained were supported largely by the forest industries, logging, and lumbering operations. In 1896, a fire erupted at the L'Anse Lumber Company, spreading to the ore dock and other structures, but the town was quickly rebuilt.

World Wars 1 and 2 negatively impacted the economy of the village. In 1918, the cost of copper production exceeded its price, signaling the end of the copper industry in Keweenaw Bay.

In 1936, the state began construction of US-41, which followed the shore of Keweenaw Bay, and the improved road system resulted in the dismantling of much of the rail lines in the area. With the start of World War II, many people left the area for the larger cities in order to find work, and the L'Anse area returned to a more rural character.

After a decline in 1950, the village's population increased slightly for the next two decades, but has declined each census year since 1980.

Besides US-41, other routes through the village include Brewery Road and Skanee Road (Main Street).

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the village of L'Anse, Michigan, so appropriate topics include online resources relating to the municipal or county government, local individuals, businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, and recreational and entertainment venues. Informational sites relating to the village are also suitable.



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