Kearsarge, Michigan

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Kearsarge, Michigan
Community of Kearsarge along U.S. Route 41
Community of Kearsarge along U.S. Route 41
Kearsarge is located in Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Kearsarge is located in the United States
Kearsarge (the United States)
Coordinates: 47°16′30″N 88°24′58″W / 47.27500°N 88.41611°W / 47.27500; -88.41611Coordinates: 47°16′30″N 88°24′58″W / 47.27500°N 88.41611°W / 47.27500; -88.41611
CountryUnited States
Elevation1,122 ft (342 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)906
FIPS code26-42420[2]
GNIS feature ID629487[1]
Kearsarge sign on US 41.

Kearsarge is an unincorporated community in Calumet Township, Houghton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of Calumet/Laurium on U.S. Route 41/M-26 at 47°16′30″N 88°24′58″W / 47.27500°N 88.41611°W / 47.27500; -88.41611.[1]

Kearsarge is served by a post office with ZIP code 49942, providing P.O. Box service.[3]


The community was first settled in 1867. An amygdaloid copper lode was mined by various companies from 1882 through 1925. A post office opened on November 20, 1893, with Barnett S. Shearer as the first postmaster. It was named for the USS Kearsarge (1861) by a former naval officer who was an employee of the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company. It had a station on the Hancock and Calumet Railroad (which became part of Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway).[4]

During the Great Depression, workers with the WPA built a memorial to the 1862 naval ship out of stones, though the monument bears little resemblance to the sloop it commemorates.[5][6]

Wolverine Location[edit]

The community of Wolverine Location is considered to be part of Kearsarge.

Wolverine Location developed around the Wolverine Mine. It is located to the east of Kearsarge. Wolverine's boundaries are Smith Avenue to the north, Water Street to the west and 4th and 3rd Streets to the south.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kearsarge, Michigan
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ ZIP Code Lookup, United States Postal Service Archived November 23, 2010, at WebCite
  4. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8143-1838-6.
  5. ^ "KEARSARGE", Hunts' Guide to Michigan's UPPER PENINSULA
  6. ^ "Kearsarge, Michigan - U.S.S. Kearsarge - Ship of Stones",