Escanaba, Michigan

Escanaba (/ˌɛskəˈnɑːbə/ ES-kə-NAH-bə) is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. state of Michigan, located on Little Bay de Noc in the state's Upper Peninsula. The population was 12,616 at the 2010 census, making it the third-largest city in the Upper Peninsula after Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie. It is the seat of government of Delta County.[6]

There is also Escanaba Township, which is north of the city and is not adjacent to it, although a portion of the urban area around the city extends into the township. Both are named for the Escanaba River, which flows into the Little Bay de Noc of Lake Michigan just north of the city at 45°46′37″N 87°03′30″W / 45.77694°N 87.05833°W. The names are derived from the Ojibwa language.[7][8]

Escanaba, Michigan
Escanaba City Hall and Library
Escanaba City Hall and Library
Location within Delta County
Location within Delta County
Escanaba is located in Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Escanaba is located in the United States
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 45°44′43″N 87°3′52″W / 45.74528°N 87.06444°WCoordinates: 45°44′43″N 87°3′52″W / 45.74528°N 87.06444°W
CountryUnited States
 • MayorMarc Tall
 • Total16.37 sq mi (42.39 km2)
 • Land12.74 sq mi (33.01 km2)
 • Water3.62 sq mi (9.38 km2)
607 ft (183 m)
 • Total12,616
 • Estimate 
 • Density959.04/sq mi (370.29/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)906
FIPS code26-26360[4]
GNIS feature ID1619865[5]
WebsiteOfficial website


Escanaba was the name of an Ojibwa village in this area in the early 19th century.[9] The Ojibwa are one of the Anishinaabe, Algonquian-speaking tribes who settled and flourished around the Great Lakes. The word "Escanaba" roughly translates from Ojibwe and other regional Algonquian languages to "land of the red buck", although some people maintain that it refers to "flat rock".

Chicago and North Western Railway Station Escanaba Michigan
C&NW railway station in Escanaba, Michigan, 1953

As a European-American settlement, Escanaba was founded in 1863 as a port town by surveyor Eli P. Royce. Early industry was the processing and harvesting of lumber, dominated in this area by Daniel Wells Jr., Jefferson Sinclair, and Nelson Ludington. Ludington later moved his headquarters to Chicago, where he also entered banking. I. Stephenson established a successor lumber company in the area and also became a capitalist.

Before the war, iron ore was being mined from the Marquette Range, which shipped out on barges from Escanaba.[10] By the time of the American Civil War, this port was important to the Union as a shipping point for these ores, in addition to lumber.[11] The Menominee Range and Gogebic Range of Michigan became important for iron ore after the war, in the 1880s.[12] Michigan still produces about 25% of the iron ore nationally.[13] Initially lumber was still integral to shipbuilding, and supported the construction of houses in cities throughout the developing Midwest. Iron ore supported industrialization, and became part of steel and other industries in the Midwest.[11] As shipping increased, a lighthouse was needed to warn of a sand shoals in Little Bay de Noc, which extended from Sand Point, a sandspit located just south of and adjacent to the harbor area.[14] The United States Lighthouse Service approved construction of the Sand Point Lighthouse at a cost of $11,000.[15] Construction began in the fall of 1867 and was completed in early spring 1868.[15]

Present day

Until 2017, Escanaba continued to serve as an important shipping point for iron ore to other Great Lakes ports, especially south to Chicago and northern Indiana.[10][11][8] The local paper mill, for many years owned by Mead Corporation's Publishing Paper Division, is currently operated by Verso Corporation.[16] Located on the outskirts of the city alongside the Escanaba River, it is now Escanaba's largest employer.[17]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.50 square miles (42.73 km2), of which 12.88 square miles (33.36 km2) is land and 3.62 square miles (9.38 km2) is water.[18][19]


Winter weather in Escanaba, MI
Winter weather displayed near Ludington Park in Escanaba.
Beautiful summer weather in Escanaba, MI
A sunset during the summer, as seen from Water Plant Road.

This climatic region is classified as humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb", according to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification.[20] It is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Escanaba is described as being in the banana belt of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. While most of the peninsula is affected by significant lake-effect snow, Escanaba's winter climate is much milder due to its location on the leeward Lake Michigan shoreline.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201712,223[3]−3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[23]

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 12,616 people, 5,622 households, and 3,090 families residing in the city. The population density was 979.5 inhabitants per square mile (378.2/km2). There were 6,178 housing units at an average density of 479.7 per square mile (185.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.5% White, 0.4% African American, 2.6% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 5,622 households of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.0% were non-families. 38.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the city was 41.4 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.4% were from 45 to 64; and 19.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 13,140 people, 5,800 households, and 3,294 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,038.3 inhabitants per square mile (400.7/km²). There were 6,258 housing units at an average density of 494.5 per square mile (190.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.66% White, 0.11% African American, 2.61% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population. 17.0% were of German, 16.5% French, 11.4% French Canadian, 8.8% Swedish, 6.4% Irish and 5.2% English ancestry, according to Census 2000.

There were 5,800 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,125, and the median income for a family was $36,995. Males had a median income of $32,310 versus $21,204 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,589. About 10.8% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.7% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

Culture and contemporary life

In his poem The Song of Hiawatha, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described how Hiawatha "crossed the rushing Esconaba", referring to the river. Although the upper peninsula is part of the state of Michigan, Escanaba and the western Upper Peninsula sometimes have closer cultural ties to the state of Wisconsin.

Yooper culture

Pasties are a significant tourist attraction, and have a particularly unusual history.[24] Many ethnic groups adopted the pasty for use in the Copper Country copper mines; the Finnish immigrants within the region mistook it for the traditional piiraat and kuuko pastries.[25][26] The pasty has become strongly associated with all cultures in this area.[27]

Theater and performing arts

Escanaba is home to the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, The Waterfront Art Festival, The Players de Noc, The Bay de Noc Choral Society, the Escanaba City Band, and many smaller arts organizations, art galleries, and musical performing groups.[28][29][30][31]


Escanaba is home to one the safest natural harbors in the upper Great Lakes, which makes it a natural destination for boaters.[32] Tourism has become significant for the local economy. Tourist draws include Lake Michigan beaches and local fishing and hunting opportunities. Most visitors come from Wisconsin and Illinois.

Shopping and dining

The Delta Plaza Mall, is a small enclosed shopping mall in Escanaba, which features ShopKo as its anchor store. Other big box retail stores in Escanaba include, Wal-Mart, Menards, Meijer, Walgreens, and Tractor Supply Company. The downtown district features many small, locally owned retail stores. Viau's Market and Kobosic's Market are small grocery stores that feature on-site butchers. Eateries include: Stone Cup Coffee House & Deli, Ferdinand's, Crispigna's, Hong Kong Buffet, Hereford and Hops, Swedish Pantry, Rosy's Diner, The Stone House, and The Ludington Grill. Other notable restaurants that are outside the downtown district include The Buck Inn, Family Inn, Drifter's Restaurant, Hudson's Grill, and Thai Express.

Parks and recreation


Harbor Hideout Ludington Park II
Harbor Hideout in Ludington Park
Sail boat in Escanaba,MI
Sailboat departing the yacht harbor
Escanaba harbor lighthouse at sunset
Harbor Lighthouse at sunset
  • Ludington Park - A three-quarter mile stretch of lake shore where the city's easternmost point extends into Little Bay de Noc, it is one of the largest city parks in Upper Michigan. Karas Band Shell is located on the south end of the park and it is where concerts are hosted during the summer. A veterans memorial is located in the center of the park. At the north end of the park (across from municipal marina) there is a scenic gazebo and fountain.[33]
  • Harbor Hideout - Located within Ludington Park, the 22,500 square foot playground is constructed of wood and features handicap accessible play areas.[34]
    • Kiwanis Musical Playground - In June, 2018, the Escanaba Kiwanis installed a new handicap accessible musical play area next to harbor hideout. The equipment that was installed included a metallophone, a set of chimes, a kettle drum, and a goblet drum. All of the new equipment installed is ADA compliant.[35]

Boating and beaches

  • Escanaba yacht club - Established in 1934, it hosts several races and events for members during the summer.[33]
  • Escanaba Municipal Beach - located on Aronson Island, is open from early June to mid-August. The beach-house includes a changing facility with restrooms and showers. In addition, there is also a small playground and picnic area available for public use. The beach house usually has paddleboards and kayaks available for renting.[33]
  • Aronson Island Boat Launch - In order to use the boat launch a day-pass or seasonal permit is needed prior to launching a boat. The launch has a weight restriction of 6,000 pounds and a length restriction of 26 feet, if a boat exceeds this, a special permit must be obtained from the harbormaster.[33]
  • North Shore Boat Launch - located on the Escanaba River.

Places of interest

Historic House of Ludington
  • The House of Ludington - A landmark historic hotel in downtown Escanaba.[36][8] Originally built in 1865 as the Gaynor House Hotel, it was renamed in 1871 after prominent lumberman Nelson Ludington.[36] It was rebuilt as a brick structure in the Queen Anne Style in 1883, becoming the New Ludington Hotel. It is believed that Al Capone utilized the tunnels located below the basement of the hotel during the prohibition era.[37]
  • Sand Point Lighthouse & Delta County Historical Museum - Deactivated in 1939, this lighthouse was used by the United States Coast Guard to house seamen assigned to Escanaba.[15] The building was completely restored to its original design in the late 1860s, and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, along with Escanaba's central downtown district.[15]
  • U.P. Steam & Gas Engine Museum [38]
  • Carnegie Public Library (Escanaba Public Library) [39]
  • Hiawatha National Forest
  • Days River Pathway or Days River Nature Pathway[33]
  • Escanaba Farmer's Market [33]

Laws and Government


Escanaba is in Congressional District 1; its Representative since 2017 in Congress is Jack Bergman (R).

Police and corrections

Delta County Courthouse

The Delta County Sheriff's Office along with Escanaba Public Safety, and the Michigan State Police, collaborate with other police agencies in neighboring counties to make up the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET). UPSET utilizes investigators, informants, K-9 units, and other resources to perform clandestine operations to arrest those involved with drug use, distribution and sale across the Upper Peninsula.[40][41] UPSET is the only federally trained and certified clandestine lab team in the entire Upper Peninsula.[40] The Delta County Jail is an 85-bed facility that employs 13 full-time correction officers, under the supervision of Lt. Jason Thibeault.[42] In September 2017, Delta County secured a $17.9 million loan for the construction of a new jail.[43] The new two story jail will be capable of housing 160 beds.[44]


The Delta County Courthouse serves all of Delta County. The courthouse includes the 47th Circuit Court, the 94th District Court, and Probate Court.[45]


Escanaba Middle School

In 2003, the school board opted to completely renovate the historic 1930's junior high school, rather than move it outside of town.[46][47] Escanaba Area Public Schools operate the public schools in Escanaba, which includes various elementary schools, the middle school, and high school. There is also a private school, Holy Name Catholic School, which teaches pre-school children all the way up to eighth grade. Bay College, a public 2-year college, was founded in the city in 1962.[48] It offers various two year degrees and certificate programs ranging from welding, public safety, business, nursing, among others.


Local radio stations include KMB Broadcasting's WDBC 680 AM (adult standards) and WYKX 104.7 FM (country music), Lakes Radio's WCHT 600 AM (news/talk), WGLQ 97.1 FM (adult top 40), WCMM 102.5 FM (country), and WGKL 105.5 FM (oldies), and standalone WUPF 107.3 FM (classic hits). Escanaba is also served by low-power translator stations of WNMU translator W296AX from Marquette, MI (at 96.5 FM), WRPP translator W254AG from Sturgeon Bay, WI (at 98.7 FM), and WHWL translator W261AI from Marquette, MI (at 100.1 FM). WJMN-TV, the local television station on channel 3, is mostly a satellite of WFRV in Green Bay and carries CBS programming. WLUC-TV in Marquette also operates a translator station in Escanaba on channel 14.

  • In January 1968, Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi's daughter was married in Escanaba at St. Anne's Church. Upon learning that his then-unwed daughter was pregnant, Lombardi, who was vacationing in Florida at the time, insisted she drive to Michigan to get married rather than having her marriage in Green Bay, to prevent her news from being reported in the papers.[49]
  • The film, Escanaba in da Moonlight is a satirical film that depicts what it's like to experience yooper 'deer camp'.


Escanaba's Harbor Tower, an 18-story apartment building, is the tallest building in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.[50]


  • US 2 runs eastward to St. Ignace and the Mackinac Bridge, 143 miles (230 km) to the east. Along the way it passes through Gladstone, 9 miles (14 km) north/east and Manistique, 54 miles (87 km) east. It runs west concurrent with US 41 until Powers, and from there 21 miles (34 km) west to Iron Mountain.
  • US 41 connects with Marquette 66 miles (106 km) to the north and with Powers 24 miles (39 km) west before turning south to Menominee.
  • M-35 runs northwest 51 miles (82 km) through undeveloped areas to Gwinn. Going south, it provides a direct route along the shore of Green Bay to Menominee, 55 miles (89 km) to the southwest.
  • M-69 runs northwest toward many rural communities before ending at Crystal Falls.


Motor coach

Notable people

Image gallery

Harbor Tower Escanaba

Harbor Tower, the Upper Peninsula's tallest building

Surveyor Eli P. Royce founded the city of Escanaba

Marina Fest

Aerial view of Escanaba's Ludington Park


Ore freighter Arthur M. Anderson departing the Escanaba harbor


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Luecke was born in Escanaba, Michigan to German immigrants and attended the public elementary schools. He was employed as a commercial and railroad telegrapher and station agent and served as a private in Company A, Signal Corps, United States Army, with the Punitive Expeditionary Force in Mexico in 1916 and 1917.During the First World War, he served as a sergeant first class, in Company B, Second Field Signal Battalion, American Expeditionary Forces from 1917 to 1919. He was commissioned a second lieutenant, Reserve Corps, while in Germany. He engaged as a mill worker in a paper mill in Escanaba from 1923 to 1936. Luecke was a member of the Escanaba City Council from 1934 to 1936 and a county supervisor of Delta County from 1934 to 1936. He served in the Michigan Senate in 1935 and 1936.

Luecke was elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 11th congressional district to the 75th United States Congress, serving from January 3, 1937 to January 3, 1939. He was an unsuccessful candidate in 1938, losing to Republican Fred Bradley in the general elections.

In 1939, just after leaving Congress, Luecke was appointed commissioner of conciliation for the United States Department of Labor for upper Michigan and northern Wisconsin.

Luecke died at the age of sixty-two at his home in Escanaba and is interred there at Lakeview Cemetery.

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Roger H. Zion

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Zion was born in Escanaba, Michigan in 1921. He attended public schools in Evansville, Indiana, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1943. He served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946, serving in the Asia-Pacific area during World War II, and was discharged a lieutenant.

Zion attended Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration from 1944 to 1945. He became associated with Mead Johnson & Company, working for the company from 1946 through 1965; eventually becoming director of training and professional relations.

He was elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives from Indiana in the 1966 election to the 90th Congress and was re-elected to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1967 to January 3, 1975. Zion was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1974 to the 94th Congress, losing to Philip H. Hayes.

In 1967, Zion called anti-Vietnam War protesters "traitors" and suggested that "any of them involved in illegal acts be treated comparably with Frenchmen whose heads were shaved if they were caught collaborating with the Germans in World War II." After leaving Congress, Zion became the president of Resources Development Inc. in Washington, D.C.. As of 2011 he resides in Washington, D.C.

Thomas J. Riley

Thomas James Riley (January 30, 1885 – March 15, 1928) was an American football player and coach and attorney. He played football for the University of Michigan and coached football for the University of Maine (1910–1913) and Amherst College (1914–1916).

Tom Bissell

Tom Bissell (born January 9, 1974) is an American journalist, critic, and fiction writer, originally from Escanaba, Michigan, United States and currently based in Los Angeles, California.

Tommy Hughitt

Tommy Hughitt (born Ernest Fredrick Hughitt; December 27, 1892 – December 27, 1961) was a National Football League utility player, coach and politician. He was also an All-American quarterback for the University of Michigan in 1913.

Hughitt was born in Genoa, British Columbia, but grew up in Escanaba, Michigan; his father, Orrin Hughitt, owned the hardware store in Escanaba. His high school football career in Escanaba was undistinguished, and Hughitt saw little playing time on his high school squad. Upon graduation he went to the University of Michigan, where he played halfback and then quarterback for the Wolverines.

From 1915 to 1916, Hughitt was the head football coach at the University of Maine. He compiled a 6–7–3 overall record, including the Maine Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship in 1915. An article in The Michigan Technic commented on Hughitt's success at Maine:

Due to the excellent coaching of 'Tommy' Hughitt, former varsity quarterback, the University of Maine football tam won the state championship this season. Hughitt showed the effectiveness of the Yost system of coaching by developing a bunch of green material, a tam which staged a real 'comeback' after a bad start last year. Maine is highly pleased with the work of Hughitt and has engaged him for this season.

After experiencing a winless season in 1916, Hughitt left his coaching position in Maine and signed with the Youngstown Patricians of the Ohio League, turning professional as a player-coach. When the Patricians ceased operations due to the war and flu problems of 1918, Hughitt moved on to Buffalo Niagaras and Prospects of the Buffalo Semi-Pro Football League, returning to Youngstown in a brief and abortive attempt to relaunch the Patricians in 1919.

When the Prospects joined the ranks of the APFA (later known as the National Football League) in 1920, Hughitt was retained as the centerpiece of the now-renamed Buffalo All-Americans. During his APFA/NFL career, Hughitt was a triple threat man and player-coach at the same time, playing quarterback, wide receiver, running back, punter, placekicker, and playing on defense all the while coaching the team. He finished his career with an impressive 34–15–7 record, two state championships (1918 and 1919), two top-three finishes in the NFL (1920 and 1921), and statistically finishing at or near the top of the league in several scoring and receiving categories in 1920 and 1921 (the one-two punch of Hughitt and Ockie Anderson was one of the most potent in the nascent league); he never had a losing season in his entire time as a professional coach. He retired from football in 1924, shortly after acquiring a stake in his team. After Hughitt's departure, he handed over the reins of the franchise to Walter Koppisch, and Hughitt spent time as a league official.

After his time in the NFL, Hughitt remained in the City of Buffalo and legally changed his name to "Tommy" for the purpose of making his name recognizable as he entered politics. In 1937, he served for a term of four years on the Buffalo Common Council, and at one point he unsuccessfully ran for the sheriff of Erie County. In the private sector, Hughitt ran a Ford dealership in the Buffalo area for many years. He died while on vacation in Bartow, Florida and was buried in Buffalo. He was elected to Michigan's Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. However, despite his record, Hughitt has never been considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Hughitt wore the number 1.


WCHT (600 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk format. Licensed to Escanaba, Michigan, it first began broadcasting under the WLST call sign in 1958, and then became WBDN around 1971. WBDN programmed adult contemporary music throughout the 1970s and then went country around 1979, keeping that format until late 1986, when the station switched formats to oldies under the WCHT calls (with the call letters standing for Classic Hits). It is also simulcast on the FM band through 106.3 WMXG, licensed to Stephenson, Michigan.

Climate data for Escanaba, Michigan (1981–2010 normals, extremes 1948–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 55
Average high °F (°C) 26.4
Daily mean °F (°C) 16.2
Average low °F (°C) 6.0
Record low °F (°C) −28
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.06
Average snowfall inches (cm) 13.1
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.3 6.5 7.9 9.5 10.5 11.7 9.9 10.5 10.9 11.7 9.4 10.0 117.8
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 7.0 4.2 3.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 2.5 5.4 23.7
Source: NOAA[21][22]
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