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Situated along the Sturgeon River in northeastern Baraga Township in Baraga County, Pelkie is in the northwest portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The unincorporated community is on the west banks of the Sturgeon River, in the area of Pelkie Road's intersections with Eilola Road, Papin Road, and Parkila Road.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Pelkie include Baraga, L'Anse, South Range, Houghton, and Hancock, while the unincorporated communities of Alston and Bear Towns are within ten miles.

While Pelkie is visited by vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts, the chief contributor to its economy is dairy farming. Milk produced in area farms is shipped to processors in Wisconsin. Pelkie also hosts the annual Baraga County Fair, held on the second weekend in August each year.

European-American settlement of the region began when French-Canadian loggers came to the area in 1885. Originally known as King's Landing, the community was called Kyrö by Finnish immigrants, although another nearby community became known as Kyro Location. The community was also known as Pelkinen at one time, which is also attributed to its early Finnish settlers.

When the Mineral Range Railroad established a station there, it was known as Kuro. Other railroads serving the area included the Michigan Central Railroad and the Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railway.

When a post office was established on April 30, 1903, the community was renamed Pelkie, which was derived from a former French-Canadian settler. Theodore Duquette was the first postmaster in Pelkie. Today, the post office serves areas in the north and northwest of Baraga Township in Baraga County, as well as portions of Laird, Elm River, and Portage townships in Houghton County.

The Pelkie Grade School Museum is housed in the former Pelkie grade school building, which replaced a building that was constructed in 1905. Used as a one-room school until 1932, the building later served as a community hall. Restored by the Sturgeon Valley Historical Society, the building has been a museum since 1979. It is the only remaining one-room schoolhouse in Baraga County. The building was listed on the Michigan Register of Historic Places in 1980.

The focus of this part of our guide is on the unincorporated locality known as Pelkie, Michigan. Appropriate topics include local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, and events.



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