Iron County, Michigan, was originally the hunting and fishing grounds for the Ojibwa Indians who migrated here from the New England states area. The development and admission of states ultimately led to the establishment of Michigan, which was carved out of the Northwest Territory in 1836.The severance of the Upper Peninsula form the territory of Wisconsin was important to the border county of Iron. Captain Cram made early boundary surveys in 1840 and was followed by William Burt and his crews to complete town and range lines in the late 1840’s and early 1850’s. These surveys found outcroppings of iron ore and dense forests, both of which would become essential elements to the economy of the county.