Luce County is located in the northeastern part of Michiganís
Upper Peninsula, along the southern shores of Lake Superior. It largely consists
of wilderness river country with approximately 40% of it classified as
freshwater swampland. It has remained largely undeveloped, with a little over
half of it contained in the Lake Superior State Forest.
Luce County is best known for being the home of Tahquamenon Falls, the second
largest waterfall east of the Mississippi. The County Seat is Newberry, which
contains a variety of resorts, and is a central starting point for fishing,
sporting and recreational excursions. Another popular area is the Two Heart
River, considered one of Michiganís premiere Trout streams, which flows into
Lake Superior at Two Heart, just east of Muskallonge Lake.
Luce County was first developed as a result of the Detroit, Mackinac &
Marquette Railroad building a line through here from St. Ignace to Marquette in
1881 for the purpose of transporting lumber. This attracted investor Truman
Newberry, who built the Vulcan Furnace Company in the town which was named after
him. The county was named after one of Michiganís governors, Cyrus Luce, who
served from 1887 to 1890.