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Mecosta County, Michigan

Mecosta County Michigan
US county information
NameMecosta County
StateMichigan
SeatBig Rapids
US Area
Total Area571.10 sq mi (1479.1 km2)
Land Area555.69 sq mi (1439.2 km2)
Water Area15.41 sq mi (39.9 km2)
Population42798 (2010)
Density28/km2 (72.5/sq mi)
FoundedApril 1, 1840

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Mecosta County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. The county is named after Chief Mecosta, the leader of the Potawatomi Native American tribe that once traveled the local waterways in search of fish and game. Chief Mecosta was one of the signers the Treaty of Washington in 1836. The easily navigated waterways soon led to a boom in lumber industry growth. Workers settled the area in 1851, the county was officially settled and the government officially organized in 1859. Mecosta County is home to over 100 lakes, rivers, and streams with the Muskegon River winding its way through the county seat and largest city Big Rapids (originally named Leonard).

As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,798. The county seat is Big Rapids. Mecosta County was set off on April 1, 1840, but remained attached for administrative purposes to Kent County until 1857, when it was attached to Newaygo County. County government was organized on February 11, 1859.


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