Hancock is in Houghton County
, and in the Northern Region
. You can locate Hancock northwest of Baraga
along Highway 26 near Portage Lake and Lake Superior
. Situated in Michigan's Upper Peninsula region.
Hancock was named after John Hancock, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
A log cabin was built in 1846 to hold the Ruggles mineral claim. A man by the name of Christopher C. Douglas owned the land and came to live on it in 1852. He later sold the land to the company he worked for- the Quincy Mining Company.
Lewis F. Leopold became Hancock's first postmaster in 1860.
Hancock was incorporated as a village in 1875 and as a city in 1903.