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Gratiot County, Michigan




 

Gratiot County, Michigan

Gratiot County, Michigan

Gratiot County encompasses the geographical center of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

With a total population of 39,982 persons according to the 1990 census, it boasts a variety of businesses and industries built on a strong agricultural base.

Broad expanses of level terrain produce crops of sugar beets, corn, and other grains and beans; gently rolling pastures support beef and dairy cattle.

Petroleum products from the Alma refinery fuel transportation and lubricate the machinery of industry and agriculture.

Settled in the mid-1800's, Gratiot County was named for General Charles Gratiot and established its county seat at Ithaca in 1856.

The imposing courthouse on Center Street, built in the 1880's, has a majestic rotunda set off by ornate railings and interior woodwork. A Lutheran mission to the area Chippewa people, established in 1846 near Saint. Louis, was a forerunner of white settlement.



 

Gratiot County, Michigan     Gratiot County, Michigan

Gratiot County, Michigan     Gratiot County, Michigan

Gratiot County, Michigan     Gratiot County, Michigan

Gratiot County, Michigan     Gratiot County, Michigan

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