National Register Listing in
Missaukee County, Michigan

Michigan played an important role in the Women's Suffrage Movement. In 1918, Michigan became the first state in the Midwest to grant women the right to vote, two years before the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Missaukee County is located in the state of Michigan and has a rich history dating back to the early 19th century. The area was originally inhabited by the Anishinaabek people, including the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi tribes, who lived off the land and utilized the nearby Muskegon River for transportation and fishing. European settlers began to arrive in the area in the 1860s, seeking opportunities in lumbering and agriculture.

The county was officially organized in 1871 and named after the Anishinaabek word "Missaukee," meaning "peaceful water." Early settlements were established as logging camps, with multiple sawmills operating along the Muskegon River. The lumber boom brought rapid growth and economic prosperity to the area, attracting more settlers. However, by the early 20th century, the virgin forests had been largely depleted, and the lumber industry began to decline.

As the lumber industry waned, the focus of Missaukee County shifted towards agriculture. The fertile soil and favorable climate made it an ideal location for farming, particularly for crops like potatoes and dairy farming. The county became known for its agricultural production and saw continued growth in the farming sector throughout the 20th century. Today, agriculture remains an important economic driver in Missaukee County, with a strong focus on dairy farming and crop production.

Over the years, Missaukee County has also attracted tourists with its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The county is home to several lakes and rivers, including Lake Missaukee, attracting visitors for fishing, boating, and other outdoor activities. Additionally, the county hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, showcasing its rich history and culture. Missaukee County continues to thrive as a vibrant community that values its heritage while embracing modern opportunities for growth and development.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Missaukee County, Michigan.

  • 1869 - Missaukee County is formed by the Michigan Legislature
  • 1871 - First settlers arrive in the area
  • 1872 - County seat is established in Lake City
  • 1873 - First post office is opened
  • 1882 - Lake City Recorder newspaper is first published
  • 1890 - Michigan Central Railroad begins operating in the county
  • 1901 - Missaukee County Courthouse is built
  • 1910 - Population reaches over 7,000 residents
  • 1916 - First public library is established in Lake City
  • 1923 - County's first high school opens in Lake City
  • 1956 - Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District is formed
  • 1969 - Missaukee County celebrates its centennial anniversary
  • 1972 - Merritt Township's settlement is flooded by Hodenpyl Dam
  • 1981 - Missaukee County Historical Society is established
  • 1995 - Lake Missaukee designated as a Blue Ribbon fishery
  • 2003 - Missaukee County Airport construction is completed
  • 2010 - Population reaches over 14,000 residents