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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.

Cheboygan County, Michigan

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Cheboygan County is a county in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 26,152. The county seat is Cheboygan. The county boundaries were set off in 1840 and county government organized in 1853.

The name of the county shares the same origin as that of the Cheboygan River, although the precise meaning is no longer known. It may have come from an Ojibwe word zhaabonigan meaning "sewing needle". Alternatively, the origin may have been "Chabwegan," meaning "a place of ore". It has also been described as "a Native American word first applied to the river. See List of Michigan county name etymologies.

Etymology - Origin of Cheboygan County Name

Native American word first applied to the river, Cheboygan River


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Cheboygan County History

Cheboygan County is named for the Cheboygan River, which itself is of uncertain origin. It may come from an Ojibwe word zhaabonigan meaning "sewing needle". Alternatively, it may have come from "Chabwegan," meaning "a place of ore."

Set Off: 1840

Organized: 1853

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 885 square miles (2,290 km2), of which 715 square miles (1,850 km2) is land and 170 square miles (440 km2) (19%) is water. The county is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Presque Isle County (east)
  • Montmorency County (southeast)
  • Otsego County (south)
  • Charlevoix County (southwest)
  • Emmet County (west)


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