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The Houghton County Road Commission is dedicated to providing a county road system that is safe and convenient for public travel while practicing sound financial management, respect for the environment, and sensitivity to community concerns.

The Houghton County Road Commission was born on April 4, 1910 as the county electorate voted 7,100 for and 989 against a Good Roads System, established in order to develop an organized improvement and expansion of roads in Houghton County. Up until this year, only haphazard improvement of wagon roads into the country, and between population centers and the copper mining areas existed.

The advent of the Model T Ford, of which under 1,000 vehicles existed in Houghton County in 1910, created the impetus to develop a meaningful road system. Offices for the Road Commission were opened in rented quarters in downtown Hancock with a personnel of six employees. Equipment consisted of three Pierce Arrow plows, a Model T Ford, one motorcycle, and five other truck vehicles. Late in 1911, the offices were moved to the Shelden Dee building in Houghton.

The Board of Road Commissioners began their road building responsibilities with a budget of $29,051.00, provided by the County Board of Supervisors. The first priorities for road improvements were to reconstruct and straighten the route between the two major population centers of Hancock and Calumet.  LEARN MORE

 
 

 
                 
 
     
     
 

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P.O. Box 269
Hancock, Michigan 49930

T (906) 482-3600
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The Houghton County Road Commission is dedicated to providing a county road system that is safe and convenient for public travel while practicing sound financial management, respect for the environment, and sensitivity to community concerns.

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