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|Munising is located in the South Bay of Grand Island Harbor along the southern coastline of Lake Superior- just west of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It is the county seat for Alger County, and gateway to such scenic Pictured Rocks attractions as Minerís Castle, several waterfalls, and seasonal boat rides along the coastline. Its many resorts, motels and cottages accommodate thousands of visitors who come to the area each season. The name "Munising" is derived from the Native American word "Minnising", meaning "island in the lake," referring to Grand Island, which can be seen in the harbor. This island owned by the National Forest Service is part of the national Lakeshore.|
This area was first settled around 1850 with the first settlement in AuTrain. The Munising Iron Co. bought land and platted a village, first as "Old Munising," and later as "East Munising," with a post office opening in 1868. When the Company failed in 1873, the post office was opened and closed several times. In 1894 businessman Timothy Nester and his associates saw the development potential for the struggling town and it began to grow, with incorporation as a village in May of 1896. The town survived the iron and lumber booms due to its location to the scenic lake shore. It was organized as a city in 1915.
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