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Gogebic County, Michigan

US county information
NameGogebic County
StateMichigan
SeatBessemer
US Area
Total Area1476.43 sq mi (3824 km2)
Land Area1101.86 sq mi (2853.8 km2)
Water Area374.57 sq mi (970.1 km2)
Population16427 (2010)
Density6/km2 (15.5/sq mi)
Founded1887

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Gogebic County is the westernmost county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,427. The county seat is Bessemer .

The county was set off and organized in 1867. It had been part of Ontonagon County. The name is said to be derived from the Ojibwe word "bic" which most references interpret as "rock." Alternatively, it is claimed to be derived from Lake Agogebic, later changed to Lake Gogebic. See List of Michigan county name etymologies.


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