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The Village of South Range, Michigan is in the western Upper Peninsula, in Adams Township, Houghton County.

Bordered on the east by the unincorporated community of Baltic, South Range is about five miles southwest of Houghton along M-26. Elsie Road connects South Range with Baltic.

Incorporated cities and villages within fifty miles of South Range include Houghton, Hancock, Lake Linden, Laurium, Calumet, Baraga, L'Anse, and Ontonagon, while the unincorporated communities of Baltic, Trimountain, Atlantic Mine, Champion Mine, Dakota Heights, Dodgeville, Hurontown, Isle Royale Location, Liminga, Schmidt Corner, Chassell, Toivola, and Oskar are within ten miles.

Largely a residential community today, South Range enjoys a degree of recreational and historic tourism, due to its location in the Upper Peninsula's Copper Country Range. South Range is a cooperating community of the Keweenaw National Historic Park. Established in 1992, the park commemorates the history of the Keweenaw Peninsula, with units located in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties. Featuring exhibits on the Copper Range Company, the Copper Range Historical Museum is located in an old bank building in South Range.

With a population of 750 at the time of the 2020 census, South Range's peak population was 1,435 in 1920, the second decade that it was included in the census.

Although South Range was officially platted in 1902, the history of the south range of Michigan's copper range began many years before that. The south range was populated largely by immigrants from Slovenia and Italy, who came to work in the copper mines, along with smaller numbers of immigrants from Finland, and England. South Range was platted in 1902 by the Wheal Kate Mining Company, which operated an unsuccessful copper mine nearby. The Copper Range Railway opened a station in this area in 1905, and a post office was established on May 9, 1905, with William Trevarthen as postmaster.

Originally, the community was known as Stanton, but, when the community attempted to incorporate as a village in 1906, it was learned that there was already a Stanton in Michigan, so they incorporated as South Range, as it was situated at the south end of Michigan's Copper Range.

The south range communities were built around the mines of the Baltic range and the Champion Mines south of Trimountain and Painesville. The last mine shaft of the Champion Mines closed in 1967, although mining operations had decreased sharply long before that time.

South Range is the only incorporated village in the township. As local mines expanded, the new village's population soared to 1,435 by 1920. However, by the time the Depression hit in 1930, its population had decreased to 1,120, and continued falling to 712 by 1950. Since then, its population has remained more steady, with much smaller increases and decreases.

In 2006, the state opened a bypass of M-26 that re-routed traffic away from South Range's downtown area. Although it continues to run through the village, it now runs north-south through the less-populated eastern part of the village, diminishing the business village businesses do with passersby.

This portion of our web guide focuses on the Village of South Range, and online resources representing the village and any other governmental entities within the village are appropriate for this category, as are local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities.



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