County Seat: L'Anse
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This county is named for Father Frederic Baraga, who came to this county from Austria in 1831 and made bishop of northern Michigan. The first visitors were French missionaries and traders who found shelter from Lake Superior on the shores of the Keweenau Bay in the 1600's. Father Baraga built a Catholic Mission at Assinins and devoted 10 years to educating the native Indians. L'Anse expanded when the railroad was built in 1871. The highest point in the Upper Peninsula is located at Mt. Curwood.
WHAT'S NEW: 1880 Baraga County Head of Household Index