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Newaygo, located in southern Newaygo County at the junction of M-37 and M-82, is situated on the Muskegon River, flowing through the north side of town. Newaygo’s recorded history goes back to the mid 1700’s when French explorers and trappers came up the Muskegon River. It was named after Chief Naw-wa-goo, who signed the Treaty of Saginaw in 1812. In 1836 John Brooks came here to harvest lumber; he became the town’s first postmaster in 1847. Newaygo grew during the lumber boom because of its location on the Muskegon, a major route for floating timber. |
Today, Newaygo retains a small town atmosphere, supported by local small business and a few manufacturing facilities, along with some tourism. It also functions in part as an adjunct community to the greater Grand Rapids area, a little less than an hour’s drive.
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