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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Gogebic County is the westernmost county in the Upper peninsula in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was
16,427. The county seat is Bessemer. Gogebic County name probably comes from the Ojibwe language word bic, meaning rock.
The county was set off and organized in 1887. It had been part of Ontonagon County.
Etymology - Origin of Gogebic County Name
The name is said to be derived from the Ojibwe word "bic" which most references interpret as
"rock." Alternatively, it is claimed to be derived from Lake Agogebic, later changed to Lake Gogebic