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The Ultimate List of Upper Peninsula facts

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  1. There are 8.8 million acres of forest in the Upper Peninsula, out of a total of 10.5 million, making 84% of the Upper Peninsula covered by forest.
  2. The least snowfall in the Keweenaw in one year is 81 inches, which fell in the winter of 1930-1931.
  3. The most snowfall in the Keweenaw in one year is 356 inches, which fell in the winter of 1978-1979.
  4. Copper Harbor is the farthest town from an Interstate Highway (251 miles) in the continental United States.
  5. It is 629 highway miles from Ironwood, MI to Lambertville, MI, the two furthest corners you can drive to in Michigan.
  6. Every Upper Peninsula zip code starts with 49---
  7. Tahquamenon Falls is the third most voluminous waterfall east of the Mississippi River, after Niagara Falls and Cohoes Falls
  8. The word Yooper was first published in 1979
  9. There are three public universities: Lake Superior State University founded in 1946, Northern Michigan University founded in 1899, and Michigan Technological University founded in 1885
  10. Tom Izzo grew up in Iron Mountain and went to NMU where he was a Division II All-American basketball player
  11. The four bordering counties of Wisconsin (Gogebic, Iron, Dickinson, Menominee) are in Central Time while the remaining 11 counties are  Eastern Time
  12. The maximum north-south distance is nearly 125 miles
  13. The maximum east-west distance is nearly 320 miles
  14. There are 1,700 miles of Great Lakes shoreline
  15. Lake Gogebic is the largest inland lake, with over 13,000 acres of surfaces area
  16. In the winter of 1978-79 there were 391 inches of snowfall recored in Delaware, that's 32 feet and 7 inches
  17. Over 30 sunken ships can be located in Bay de Noc
  18. Construction for the Soo Locks began in 1837 and it opened in 1855
  19. There are over 3,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, that's the equivalent of snowmobiling from Orlando to Seattle
  20. There are nearly 400 species of birds in the Upper Peninsula
  21. Mount Arvon is the highest peak in the Upper Peninsula and Michigan
  22. The Upper Peninsula is home to about 301,361 Yoopers (2010 Census)
  23. Lake Superior has 917 miles of shoreline along the Upper Peninsula
  24. There are 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula
  25. 906 is the one and only area code
  26. Marquette is the largest city with about 19,600 people
  27. Marquette County has the largest population with about 67,077 people (2010 Census)
  28. Keweenaw County has the smallest population with about 2,156 people (2010 Census)
  29. The Upper Peninsula is 3.16% of the Michigan population
  30. There are 89 known species of fish in Lake Superior
  31. Lake Michigan is the size of West Virginia
  32. Lake Superior is the size of South Carolina
  33. The Seney Stretch is the longest curveless section of highway in Michigan, and one of the longest straight stretches of curveless highway east of the Mississippi River
  34. 906 is the 6th largest area code east of the Mississippi River
  35. In 1910, Houghton County was home to more than 88,000 people. That is the record for the highest population of any county in the Upper Peninsula
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