Hancock, Michigan

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Hancock is a city in Houghton County; the northernmost in the U.S. state of Michigan,[3] located on the Keweenaw Peninsula, or, depending on terminology, Copper Island. The population was 4,323 at the 2000 census. It is the sister city of Porvoo, Finland.

The city was named after John Hancock.[3]



The future site of Hancock was originally owned by James Hicks.[4]

The earliest building in what is now the City of Hancock was a log cabin erected in 1846 on the site of the Ruggles Mining Claim; it is no longer standing, the site taken up by the Houghton County Garage buildings.[5] It was owned by Christopher Columbus (C.C.) Douglass who came to live there in 1852. The Quincy Mining Company founded Hancock in 1859 after purchasing land from Douglass and building an office and mine on the site.[6]

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