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The boundaries of the eighty-three counties in Michigan have not changed substantially since 1897. Wayne County was the sixth county in the Northwest Territory, formed 15 August 1796 and organized in 1815. Wayne County was created 21 November 1815 as an original county of Michigan.

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Baraga County, Michigan

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Baraga County is a county in the Upper peninsula in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 8,860. The county seat is L'Anse. The county is named after Bishop Frederic Baraga. The L'Anse Indian Reservation of the Ojibwa is located within the county.

Etymology - Origin of Baraga County Name

Baraga County is named for missionary Bishop Frederick Baraga, who worked with local Native Americans.

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Baraga County History

Baraga County is named for missionary Bishop Frederick Baraga, who worked with local Native Americans. The L'Anse Indian Reservation of the Ojibwa is located within the county.

Set Off: 1875

Organized: 1875

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,069 square miles (2,770 km2), of which 898 square miles (2,330 km2) is land and 171 square miles (440 km2) (16%) is water.

The county is located in the state's Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior, at the southeast base of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The villages of Baraga and L'Anse are located at the base of Lake Superior's Keweenaw Bay. Point Abbaye projects from the county, creating the Huron Bay. Mount Arvon is the highest natural point in Michigan at 1,979 feet (603 m).

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Marquette County (east)
  • Iron County (south)
  • Houghton County (west)

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