The city of Flint, Michigan, is known for its history in the automotive industry and was once home to General Motors. However, it is also known for the Flint water crisis, which began in 2014 when the city switched its water source to the Flint River and resulted in lead contamination of the city's water supply.

Oscoda County, located in the northern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The area was initially inhabited by the indigenous Ojibwe, Ottawa, and Potawatomi tribes, who relied on the land for hunting, fishing, and gathering. European settlers began arriving in the mid-19th century, attracted by the abundant natural resources and opportunities for agriculture.

In 1840, Oscoda County was part of larger Mackinac County. As the population grew, the need for a separate county became evident. In 1881, Oscoda County was officially established and named after the Oscoda River, which flows through the region.

Logging played a significant role in the early development of Oscoda County. The abundant forests provided a source of timber for the booming lumber industry. Sawmills and logging camps sprouted up throughout the county, attracting migrants and laborers. However, by the early 20th century, the once-thriving industry began to decline, leading to economic challenges for the region.

Today, Oscoda County is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. With thousands of acres of state and national forests, it offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and camping. The county also hosts a number of festivals and events that celebrate its heritage, including the AuSable River Canoe Marathon and the Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool Festival. While small in population, Oscoda County continues to preserve its rich history and maintain its deep connection to nature.

  • 1840 - The area that is now Oscoda County is part of the unorganized territory in Michigan
  • 1850 - The county is officially organized and named Oscoda County
  • 1875 - The first county courthouse is built in Mio, the county seat
  • 1900 - The lumber industry experiences a boom in Oscoda County, leading to rapid economic growth
  • 1911 - The Au Sable River is dammed, creating the Foote Pond and enabling the logging industry
  • 1920 - The population of Oscoda County reaches its peak as a result of the lumber industry
  • 1930 - The decline of the lumber industry and the Great Depression significantly impact the county's economy
  • 1940 - Oscoda County experiences a resurgence in agriculture, particularly dairy farming
  • 1980 - The Ausable River is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River, promoting conservation efforts
  • 1990 - The county begins to embrace tourism as a new economic driver, attracting outdoor enthusiasts
  • 2019 - Today, Oscoda County is known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreation opportunities, and small-town charm