Mass City, Michigan

Mass City, Michigan
Unincorporated community

Downtown Mass City
Mass City, Michigan
Coordinates: 46°45′50″N 89°05′11″W / 46.76389°N 89.08639°W / 46.76389; -89.08639Coordinates: 46°45′50″N 89°05′11″W / 46.76389°N 89.08639°W / 46.76389; -89.08639[1]
Country United States
State Michigan
County Ontonagon
Township Greenland
Elevation[1] 1,056 ft (322 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49948
Area code(s) 906
GNIS feature ID 631722[1]

Mass City (also known as Mass[1]) is an unincorporated community in Ontonagon County, Michigan, United States. Mass City is located in Greenland Township along M-26, 13.5 miles (21.7 km) southeast of Ontonagon.[2] Mass City has a post office with ZIP code 49948.[3]


Mass City sign

Mass City was first settled in 1848 by Noel Johnson, an escaped slave from Missouri who discovered copper in the area; Johnson later sold the copper deposits to the Mass Mining Company. Mass City was formally organized in 1855 and named for the mass copper mined in the area. The original site of Mass City was abandoned in 1899, when Abram and Nellie Mathews platted the current site. A post office opened in Mass City on June 15, 1899; Christ P. Anderson was the first postmaster.[4]


  1. 1 2 3 4 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mass City, Michigan
  2. Ontonagon County (pdf) (Map). Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
  3. ZIP Code Lookup, United States Post Office
  4. Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.

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