Shiawassee County is named for its principal river the
Shiawassee River. Shiawassee is thought to be an Indian word meaning "river
that twists about."
A fur trader named Henry Bolieu set up a trading post on the Shiawassee River
around 1816. A few years later an Indian reservation was created in Shiawassee
County. A great influx of immigrants came in 1836, with settlement beginning on
the Shiawassee River and gradually spreading throughout the county.
Today Shiawassee County is a prominent agricultural county with over 2,000 farms
producing soybeans, beans, oats, winter wheat, corn, hay, peppermint, dairy
herds, and poultry. Manufacturing concerns are diversified, including a
vitrified tile plant at Corunna, one of a few in the state.