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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Mecosta County is a county located in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 42,798. The county seat is Big
Rapids. The county is named after Chief Mecosta.
Etymology - Origin of Mecosta County Name
The county is named after Chief Mecosta, the leader of the Potawatomi Native American tribe that
once traveled the local waterways in search of fish and game. Chief Mecosta was one of the signers the Treaty of Washington in 1836.