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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.

Ogemaw County, Michigan

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Ogemaw County is a county located in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 21,699. The county seat is West Branch.

The county newspaper of record is the Ogemaw Herald.

Etymology - Origin of Ogemaw County Name

Ogemaw County is named for the Ojibwe word ogimaa, meaning chief or leader.


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Ogemaw County History

Ogemaw County is named for the Ojibwe word ogimaa, meaning chief or leader.

Set Off: 1840 but abolished and incorporated into Iosco County in 1867. Set Off again in 1873

Organized: 1875

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 563 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (2.0%) is water. Ogemaw County is considered to be part of Northern Michigan

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Oscoda County - north
  • Alcona County - northeast
  • Iosco County - east
  • Arenac County - southeast
  • Gladwin County - southwest
  • Roscommon County - west
  • Crawford County - northwest


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