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|Wakefield is located in western Gogebic County, at the junction of M-28 and US-2. It is situated on picturesque Sunday Lake, which is bordered on the north by a park and on the south by the high school. Wakefield is supported economically by lumbering/forest products, small business and tourism. There are several ski areas nearby, including Blackjack, as well as numerous lakes, streams and waterfalls.
A large wood carving of an Indian figure,
Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw-Bow, ("Leading Man"), made by Hungarian sculptor and writer Peter Wolf Toth stands at the southwest side of the lake. This is one of many Indian figures Toth has sculpted throughout the U.S. in the last 20 years to ‘watch over the country’ in commemorating the Red Man’s Trail of Tears.
George M. Wakefield came to this area in 1886, motivated by the discovery of iron and subsequent rush to mine. He surveyed and platted the area, becoming one of the owners of what became known as the Brotherton Iron Mine. The town was incorporated as a village in 1887, a year after the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad had built a line to the area. It was later incorporated as a city in 1919.
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