For those unfamiliar, Keweenaw is pronounced KEE-wen-awe.
The name comes from Kee-wi-wai-non-ing, an Ojibwe word meaning “portage”, probably referring to the stream-crossing at what is now Houghton/Hancock. The native Ojibwe called the peninsula itself Gakiiwe-onigamiing.
A geologic fault line runs lengthwise down the Keweenaw Peninsula, giving rise to cliffs. Brockway Mountain Drive was constructed along the cliff line, climbing to 720 feet above Lake Superior.
This photo was taken by an astronaut aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour during STS-59 in 1994.
Original (raw) image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center.
April Ice: Keweenaw