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.