DescriptionAmong the many groups of Europeans who settled the Upper Peninsula during the mid-1800s copper boom were Finnish farmers and Cornish miners. Traces of their influence remain. A pasty, the meat pie that often was the lunch of the tough Cornish miners, can still be found. Finlandia University (originally called Suomi College) was founded in 1896 and is the only college in the country founded by Americans of Finnish descent.
Like its sister city Houghton, Hancock depends on tourism and commerce along the Keweenaw Waterway. Created by dredging Portage Lake and cutting a canal to Lake Superior, the waterway bypasses the dangerous waters off Keweenaw Point. Rock hounds can find agates along the beach at McLain State Park, north on SR 203. Also north, on US 41, is the Quincy Hill scenic outlook, which provides fine views of the waterway.
Things to SeeQuincy Mine Hoist