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Dickinson County Library

City Directories and More

The Dickinson County Library Local History Collection includes many city directories for the Dickinson County area and select volumes for nearby communities. Included in the collection of Iron Mountain City Directories are photocopied portions of early directories from 1892-94, 1902-03, 1905-06, and 1925; bound volumes for 1935 and 1941-42; as well as most years from 1959-current. If you have questions about the directories in the collection, please call the Main Branch at (906) 774-1218. Portions of the 1892-94 Directory have been transcribed and the 1902-03 City Directory has been scanned; both are available to view below.

1892-94 Bunn and Simmons' City Directory
Portions of the 1892-94 directory have been transcribed by William Cummings.  To view a photocopied edition of this directory, please visit the Main Branch during business hours.

1902-03 City Directory
From the introduction linked above, the 1902-03 City Directory contains, "An alphabetically arranged list of business firms and private citizens in the Cities of Iron Mountain and Norway, Michigan, and the Villages of Vulcan and Quinnesec, Michigan, and Niagara Wisconsin; a complete Street Directory of Iron Mountain; a classified list of businesses, trades and professions; a directory of National, State, County, and Township officers, schools, churches, banks, fraternals, secret and beneficiary societies; postal, bank, and express information; list of post offices in Michigan; Iron Mines of Dickinson County; etc."  Please use the links below to view each section.
Iron Mountain
Niagara, WI
Miscellaneous and Postal Information

The Dickinson County, Michigan Gazetteer and list of Settlements by Township, compiled by William Cummings, provide important at-a-glance geographic and organizational information for Dickinson County; Mr. Cummings also compiled a partial list of known City and County Directories and Gazetteers for Dickinson County.
As you prepare to research specific locations in Dickinson County, the following resources may prove to be very helpful in identifying locations and other common descriptions.  These common place names were well known among residents, but the physical address or location may not have been recorded or recognized on maps of the area.  An excerpt from Michigan Place Names by Walter Romig pertaining to Dickinson County has been transcribed by William Cummings.  In addition, he has compiled a list of Early Towns on the Menominee Iron Range from History of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Containing a Full Account of Its Early Settlement; Its Growth, Development and Resources; An Extended Description of Its Iron and Copper Mines:  Also Accurate Sketches of the Counties, Cities, Towns and Villages, Their Improvements, Industries, Manufactories; Biographical Sketches, Portraits of Prominent Men and Early Settlers; Views of County Seats, Etc., Chicago, Illinois:  The Western Historical Company, A.T. Andreas, Proprietor, 1883.
Early Place and Street Names and Other Locations
Dickinson County Place Names, excerpt from Michigan Place Names by Walter Romig
Early Towns on the Menominee Iron Range- 1883