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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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Crawford County, Michigan

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Crawford County is a county in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 14,074. The county seat is Grayling.

The County is named for Col. William Crawford, a Revolutionary War soldier killed in 1782 while fighting Native Americans in Ohio. It was set off in 1840 as Shawono County, but renamed Crawford in 1843. The county was organized in 1879.

Etymology - Origin of Crawford County Name

Col. William. Crawford, Revolutionary War soldier killed in 1782 while fighting Native Americans in Ohio. Also, Crawford County may be named for Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, which was in turn named for politician William H. Crawford.

Demographics:

Crawford County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Col. William. Crawford, Revolutionary War soldier killed in 1782 while fighting Native Americans in Ohio. Also, Crawford County may be named for Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, which was in turn named for politician William H. Crawford.

Set Off: 1840 as Shawono County. Renamed Crawford in 1843

Organized: 1879

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 563 square miles (1,460 km2), of which 556 square miles (1,440 km2) is land and 7.0 square miles (18 km2) (1.2%) is water. The county is part of Northern Michigan.

The County is part of the Au Sable State Forest, specifically the Grayling FMU (Alcona, Crawford, Oscoda, and northern Iosco counties). Glaciers shaped the area, creating a unique regional ecosystem. A large portion of the area is the so-called Grayling outwash plain, which consists of broad outwash plain including sandy ice-disintegration ridges; jack pine barrens, some white pine-red pine forest, and northern hardwood forest. Large lakes were created by glacial action.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Otsego County (north)
  • Oscoda County (east)
  • Roscommon County (south)
  • Kalkaska County (west)

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