You're looking good Yoopers.

This week marked the anniversary of the Toledo Compromise on December 14, 1836, which gave Michigan a vast region of land to the north. At that time, it was considered to be a loss compared to having the Toledo Strip. Some thought the Upper Peninsula would forever remain a wilderness due to the harsh climate and complicated terrain. But we all know that as time went on, people in Michigan realized that they in fact got the best end of the deal. Especially when it was discovered in the 1840s that there were rich mineral deposits of copper and iron which soon after led to a mining boom in the region.

Get our free mobile app

So to celebrate this anniversary, we tried to find some of the most little-known facts we could about the U.P. that maybe even the most seasoned Yooper wouldn't know. How many of these did you know about? And if you want to read more about these, you can click or tap on them for links to other articles about these fun facts.

1. It wasn't until 1979 that the word "Yooper" was first published

What?! It seems like this word has been around forever. And if that isn't enough of a surprise, the word didn't make it into the dictionary until 2014

2. People had trouble pronouncing "Sault Ste. Marie" pretty much from the beginning

Settled as early as 1668, it is the oldest city in Michigan and among the oldest in the United States. But as Yoopers started moving there, they were troubled by the pronunciation of the city. In 1850, the Lake Superior Journal even published an article about the frustrations of people who didn't know how to spell it, much less say it.

3. It's home to one of the oldest and largest lava flows known on Earth

It's located on the Keweenaw Peninsula and is said to be about 1.1 billion years old. It is also responsible for helping create the copper that the region became famous for.

4. Only 3% of Michigan's entire population lives in the Upper Peninsula

We all know that the U.P. is rural, but the fact that 97% of Michigan's population are "trolls", living below the Mackinac Bridge, is still surprising.  As of the 2020 census, the region had a population of 301,608 compared to 9,484,261 in the Lower Peninsula.

5. There is no spot in America further from an Interstate highway than Copper Harbor

Yes, Michigan, with its 13 different Interstate trunk lines totaling 1,239 miles, also boasts the one spot on the maps that's farther than anywhere else from an Interstate. That spot is the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Copper Harbor in the most rural part of the U.P.

24 Bridges to Enter the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that Aren't the Mighty Mac

Some people just don't enjoy crossing the majestic Mackinac Bridge. For others it's not in the route of thier travel. There are at least 24 other bridges that travelers can use to enter Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Here they are from east to west

Don't Call Yourself A Yooper Unless You've Been To These Michigan Upper Peninsula Places

It can almost be looked at as a different state entirely, while encompassing everything beautiful about Michigan. There are some spots that are truly breathtaking, and if you've never planned a trip to the upper peninsula, make sure you're comfortable with long drives.