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Wexford County, Michigan




 

Wexford County, Michigan

Wexford County, Michigan

Wexford County, Michigan

Wexford County was named after a county in Ireland and populated by Irish immigrants. Organized in 1869, development of this area was made possible by the narrow guage railroad complete with Shay Locomotive, like the one still sitting in Cadillac's City Park. With steam-[powered rotors geared for high traction, this engine was the only way to move the lumber through the high country.

Today, Wexford County is an outdoorsmanís paradise. Approximately one-half of it is still contained in either the Manistee National or Pere Marquette State Forests. Like hiking? Just out for a stroll? Check out the walk along the lake at Cadillac. Like canoeing? Take the Pine River through South Branch Township at Peterson Bridge or get on the mighty Manistee at Greenwood Township'sís Baxter Bridge. Like swimming? Try the Hodenpyle Dam Pond, Lake Mitchell, Lake Cadillac, or Pleasant Lake. You donít have to go far!( Not to mention boating, camping or picnicking!). Golf? Itís been said if you walk in a straight line long enough, youíll eventually end up on a green in Wexford County! And donít forget winter, where skiing, snow-mobiling and ice fishing "donít get no better!"

Most important, however, are the people of Wexford County: flexible enough to change with the times but wise enough to preserve the best of the past. Take the railroad for instance: one of the last of Michiganís own, the Tuscola & Saginaw Bay, still operates a freight depot in Cadillac. Irish Heritage is alive and well too - as in Manton, where Irish Spring Days are celebrated every May and the old wooden fire barn on Main Street still stands - painted green, of course!



 

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