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L�anse is the county seat of Baraga County. It is located at the southern end, or bottom of L�anse Bay, part of the larger Keweenau Bay in Lake Superior. Its economic base includes mining, lumbering and lumber-related manufacturing and tourism.|
This community began as a mission to the Indians in 1660 by the French Jesuit priest, Father Rene Menard. Later, a Methodist mission was organized here. By the 1830�s, this area was well recognized as a significant mining area, with deposits of iron, quartz, slate, graphite and peat having been discovered. The first trading post was built by Peter Crebassa in 1837: considered the town father, he eventually became the first postmaster in 1866. At that time, the then Marquette, Houghton & Ontonagon Railroad was building a line through the area to service the heavy mining and lumbering going on there. It was eventually incorporated into a village in 1873.
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