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Lake County, Michigan




 

Lake County, Michigan

Lake County, Michigan

Originally named Aishcum for a Potawatomi Chief the name of the county was changed to Lake in 1843.The vast pine forests brought the first pioneers. Between 1870 and 1890 the forests were lumbered. Logs were sent down the Pine, Little Manistee, and Pere Marquette Rivers to Manistee and Ludington, the rest were cut in one of Lake's 25 sawmills.

With the end of the lumber industry the population looked toward agriculture and tourism. Only a small portion of land was cultivated. European Brown Trout were planted in the Pere Marquette River in 1884 by 1912 the county was regarded as having some of the finest trout streams in Northern Michigan. The Pere Marquette River has been designated a national scenic waterway and is enjoyed by fisherman and canoeists alike.

The resort community of Idlewild was the answer of a group of African/Americans to the segregated white resort communities during the depression and World War Two. It declined during the 1960's as the civil rights movement gained momentum. Idlewild is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Lake County, Michigan     Lake County, Michigan

Lake County, Michigan     Lake County, Michigan

Lake County, Michigan     Lake County, Michigan

 

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