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Newaygo, located in southern Newaygo County at the junction of M-37 and M-82, is situated on the Muskegon River, flowing through the north side of town. Newaygo�s recorded history goes back to the mid 1700�s when French explorers and trappers came up the Muskegon River. It was named after Chief Naw-wa-goo, who signed the Treaty of Saginaw in 1812. In 1836 John Brooks came here to harvest lumber; he became the town�s first postmaster in 1847. Newaygo grew during the lumber boom because of its location on the Muskegon, a major route for floating timber. |
Today, Newaygo retains a small town atmosphere, supported by local small business and a few manufacturing facilities, along with some tourism. It also functions in part as an adjunct community to the greater Grand Rapids area, a little less than an hour�s drive.
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