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Michigan Counties

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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Newaygo County, Michigan

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Newaygo County is a county located in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 48,460. The county seat is White Cloud. The county was created in 1840 and organized in 1851. It was either named for an Ojibwe leader who signed the Saginaw Treaty of 1819 or for a Native American word meaning much water.

Etymology - Origin of Newaygo County Name

Newaygo County was either named for a Chippewa leader who signed the Saginaw Treaty of 1819 or for a Native American word meaning much water

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Newaygo County History

Newaygo County was either named for a Chippewa leader who signed the Saginaw Treaty of 1819 or for a Native American word meaning much water

Set Off: 1840

Organized: 1851

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 862 square miles (2,230 km2), of which 813 square miles (2,110 km2) is land and 48 square miles (120 km2) (5.6%) is water. The county is considered to be part of West Michigan.

The county contains more than 230 natural lakes. The combined total of all the rivers and streams is longer than 350 miles. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, there are three huge dams: Croton, Hardy and Newaygo. The Hardy Dam is the largest earthen dam east of the Mississippi. Over half of the county is in the Manistee National Forest.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Lake County (north)
  • Mecosta County (east)
  • Montcalm County (east-southeast)
  • Kent County (southeast)
  • Muskegon County (southwest)
  • Oceana County (west)

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