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Onaway, Michigan

Onaway, Michigan

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Ken Huisjen
Onaway is located at the western edge of Presque Isle County at the junction of M-68 and M-33. This area was first settled in the 1880ís by Thomas Shaw and Marritt Chandler. Chandler was the first to plat the land, naming the town after an Indian maiden, Onaway. This town grew during the lumber era and was incorporated as a village in 1899, and as a city in 1903. Shortly after that, Marritt built a courthouse on the western edge of town intending to attract the county government to locate there. It never happened. Now the building contains the local historical society.

Onaway today has retained its small town atmosphere, with the local economy supported by several small manufacturing facilities and tourism. Winter sports are popular -- as well as fishing, including Black Lake, historically known as a source for sturgeon, now a dwindling species; making Onaway famous as the Sturgeon Capital of Michigan.

Onaway, Michigan


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