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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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Montmorency County, Michigan

Montmorency County Education, Geography, and HistoryMontmorency County, Michigan Courthouse

Montmorency County is a county located in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 9,765. The county seat is Atlanta

Etymology - Origin of Montmorency County Name

In 1840, it was first named "Cheonoquet" after a well known Chippewa (also known as Ojibwa) Chief, whose name meant Big Cloud. Cheonoquet took part in Indian treaties in 1807, 1815, 1825 and 1837. In 1843, the county was renamed for the Count Morenci, who aided the colonies in the war with England. The name Montmorency probably means Mountain Moor. Montmorency is very much a boggy land or moor that is at the top of a broad mount or highland.

Demographics:

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Montmorency County History

Montmorency County is probably named for a historical figure named Montmorency, but which one is unknown.

Set Off: 1840 as Cheonoquet. Renamed Montmerency in 1843
In 1840, it was first named "Cheonoquet" after a well known Chippewa (also known as Ojibwa) Chief, whose name meant Big Cloud. Cheonoquet took part in Indian treaties in 1807, 1815, 1825 and 1837

In 1843, the county was renamed for the Count Morenci, who aided the colonies in the war with England. The county was organized in 1881. The reason for the change in spelling is subject to some dispute.

When the county was formed in 1881, some land area was taken from Cheboygan and Alpena counties. Three townships were divided, namely Briley, Montmorency and Rust. By 1901 Albert, Hillman and Wheatfield were added. Brush Creek, now known as Hillman, was the first county seat. In 1891 the county seat was moved to Atlanta.

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 547 square miles (1,420 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (2.8%) is water. The county is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.

Most of the county is covered by state forest land. There is and has been an abundance of lakes. 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:

  • Presque Isle County - northeast
  • Alpena County - east
  • Alcona County - southeast
  • Oscoda County - south
  • Crawford County - southwest
  • Otsego County - west
  • Cheboygan County - northwest

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