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The village of Lake Linden, Michigan is in the Keweenaw Peninsula in the northern portion of the Upper Peninsula.

Situated along the northern and northwestern banks of Torch Lake, the village is in north Houghton County, largely within Schoolcraft Township, although a small portion extends west into Torch Lake Township. The Traprock River forms a small portion of the village's eastern boundary, while Hammell Creek is just north of the village.

The chief route through the village is M-26, while other routes include Bootjack Road and Traprock Valley Road. Cities and villages within twenty miles of Lake Linden include Laurium, Calumet, Copper City, Ahmeek, Hancock, Houghton, and South Range, while several unincorporated communities are within ten miles of the village, including Gregoryville, Hubbell, Tamarack City, Swedetown, Osceola, Tamarack, Centennial, West Tamarack, Centennial Heights, Wolverine, Kearsarge, Lakeview, Phillipsville, and Bootjack.

Although Lake Linden was formed as a mining and milling community, today the village attracts those who are looking for a small-town lifestyle with access to stores, restaurants, and health services.

Additionally, the village has much to offer its residents and visitors, including four-season recreational opportunities, a park system with a campground. sports facilities, an 18-hole disc golf course, playground, nature trail, significant waterfront, and a marina. Not far from the village are ATV and snowmobile trails, ski resorts, and Lake Superior.

The Lake Linden Village Campground was created in 1980, and later expanded to include twenty-seven sites with water and electric service, as well as rustic tent sites. Situated near a swimming area, the campground is within walking distance of convenience stores, restaurants, grocery and hardware stores, and the Houghton County Museum. The adjacent Village Park features a large play area, a baseball field and basketball court, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, an 18-hole disc golf course, boat launch, and walking trail, while the nearby Traprock River provides canoeing opportunities.

Settled as a copper mining town in 1851, the village was an outgrowth of the Calumet & Hecla mining company, which opened a stamp mill there in 1867. A public house was opened by Alfred and James Beasley in 1853, and a post office was established on June 23, 1868, with Prosper Robert as postmaster. Originally, the community was known as Torch Lake, for the body of water upon which it sits. It later took its current name for the linden trees that lined the lakeshore.

The Hecla & Torch Lake Railroad Company was organized by the Calumet & Hecla mining company in 1868, and was later acquired by the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway, which maintained a station in Lake Linden.

Lake Linden was incorporated as a village in 1885. Its peak population was 2,610 in 1880, the first year that it appeared on the census rolls. Although its population increased significantly in 1900, it has since declined each decade, with the exception of 1990, when it increased by just under two percent. Its current population is just under a thousand.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the village of Lake Linden, Michigan. Appropriate resources may include online resources for the local government, as well as businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, and entertainment or recreational opportunities.



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