History

Gogebic - Derived from the Chippewa Native American word "Agogebic." Popular translation is "Where the trout make rings upon the water." Other translation is "A body of water hanging on high."
Ironwood - Named after James Wood, discoverer of the Norrie Mine. His nickname was "Iron." He is buried in Appleton, WI.
Bessemer - Named after Sir Henry Bessemer, English inventor of steel & iron manufacturing process.
Ramsay - Named after a Scottish chemist.
Wakefield - Named after George M.  Wakefield, a financier originally from Milwaukee, WI.
Marenisco - Named after Mary Relief Niles Scott, wife of one of the early pioneers of the settlement.
Watersmeet - derived from the two words "waters" and "meet." The Native American word for Watersmeet is Ticonderoga.

STATISTICS
Land Area of the County - 711,680 acres (1,107 sq. miles)  Number of Lakes 1/4 acre or More - 1,153
Inland Water Area - 21,760 acres (34 sq. miles)   Number of Rivers and Streams - 1,200
Total Area of the County - 733,440 acres (1,146 sq. miles)            Number of Waterfalls - 32
Number of Named Lakes - 315    Miles of Lake Superior Shoreline - 30
Period of Iron Ore Era - 1884-1967 (83 years)  
 
NATURAL SETTING
Most western end of the Upper Peninsula (the U.P. was a consolation prize to the territory of Michigan as a result of the Toledo War from the U.S. government) of Michigan. Almost directly north of  Davenport, Iowa and as far west as St. Louis, Missouri. Most remote of the 83 counties in Michigan from the state capitol in Lansing.
 
GOGEBIC COUNTY LAND AREA IN SQUARE MILES
Total 1,107.0
 City of Bessemer: 5.6  City of Ironwood: 5.9  City of Wakefield: 8.0
 Bessemer Township: 114.4  Ironwood Township: 176.1  Wakefield Township: 181.5
 Erwin Township: 48.0  Marenisco Tonwship: 314.5  Watersmeet Township: 253.0