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Situated along US Highway 41 in the southern part of Menominee County, the City of Stephenson is surrounded by Stephenson Township, although administered autonomously.

Besides US-41, other routes to and from the city include County Road 352G-12, Old 352 Road, Old 353 Road, Old 41 Road, County Road 354, River Road, Walnut Road, and N 20.5 Road. The Little Cedar River flows through the center of town.

Incorporated cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Stephenson include Daggett, Wagner (Wisconsin), Carney, Powers, Menominee, Marinette (Wisconsin), and Porterfield (Wisconsin). The unincorporated communities of Ingalls, Wallace, and Carbondale are within ten miles of Stephenson.

Stephenson began as a charcoal and tan bark settlement. In anticipation of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, James Valentine built three small buildings along what is now US-41, in the southern part of the current city. Situated about halfway between Escanaba and Menominee, Stephenson was a good place for steam-powered trains to replenish its water supply, and a station was located there in 1872.

On July 13, 1874, a post office was established, with Alva F. Burnham as postmaster, although it was originally named Wacedah. However, on January 10, 1876, the post office was renamed Stephenson, for Samuel M. Stephenson, a prominent Menominee resident who represented the district in the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan Senate, and the U.S. Congress.

Stephenson was incorporated as a village in 1898, and became a city in 1969. Its peak population was 967 in 1980, although it has declined slightly each decade since, to a population of 816 in 2020.

Stephenson Area Schools enrolls public K-12 students in the city and the surrounding area through one K-12 Building.

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