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Saginaw County, Michigan




 

Saginaw County, Michigan

Saginaw County, Michigan

Saginaw County, Michigan

Saginaw County was named after the Sauk Indians who originally inhabited the area in the 1800ís, before being evicted by the Iroquois and later the Chippewa. "O-Sag-A-Nong" means "land of the Sauks." This area was ceded over by the Chippewa tribe in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw, signed by then Michigan governor, Lewis Cass. Louis Campau arrived shortly following that, and made fur trapping profitable here.

The American Fur Company established a post at what is now the corner of Court and Hamilton Streets in the city of Saginaw. The city was platted in 1836, after which a steady streamof settlers began arriving. Salt mining and lumber helped establish the Saginaw Valley economy at the turn of the century.

Today Saginaw County remains an important manufacturing center, home to General Motors Foundries and Saginaw Gear Plants. Aluminum, bronze, gray iron, boilers, chemicals and fertilizers are included in Saginaw County's industries.

Saginaw County is also a popular recreation and tourism area, including Frankenmuth, Christmas Capital of the World. Nearby in Birch Run you can find one of the biggest outlet malls in the country. The historic city of Chesaning is complete with Showboat Festival and fine dining in turn-of-the-century style buildings.

Boating and fishing opportunities also exist along the Saginaw River and the adjacent Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.

Come spend a day in Saginaw County and, whatever your pleasure, you can be sure to find it here!



 

Saginaw County, Michigan     Saginaw County, Michigan

Saginaw County, Michigan     Saginaw County, Michigan

Saginaw County, Michigan     Saginaw County, Michigan

Saginaw County, Michigan     Saginaw County, Michigan

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