A comprehensive index of information about
Ionia County, Michigan
Ionia County is located in the central region of Michigan�s
Lower Peninsula. A diverse economic base exists here, ranging from auto parts
manufacturing to social services to agriculture. This is the location of the
Ionia County Free Fair, considered one of the largest in the mid-western United
States. Celebrated every summer at Ionia, (the county seat), you can see the
best of the best in livestock, poultry, and agricultural displays, as well as an
Major features of this county are its lazy, slow-moving rivers, including the
Grand, (the largest river in the state), and it�s tributaries, the Maple, Flat
and Looking Glass. These rivers have seen the development of the land from the
days of the Chippewa, Potawatome and Ottawa Indians who lived along their banks
to the coming of the first white settler in the 1830�s-Samuel Dexter, who
started the town of Ionia. Another highlight of the County is its
turn-of-the-century style architecture, including well-preserved homes in
Ionia, Lyons and Muir,
and historic manufacturing plants such as the old silk factory in
Belding. Don�t forget White�s Bridge, the oldest operating covered
bridge in the state, (on the Flat River about 10 miles southwest of Belding.).
For a great tailgate picnic or Sunday drive,come spend a day in Ionia County and experience it�s warmth for yourself!
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