Place:Mecosta, Michigan, United States

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NameMecosta
Alt namesMecostasource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates43.65°N 85.333°W
Located inMichigan, United States     (1840 - )
See alsoKent, Michigan, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
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Mecosta County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. The county seat is Big Rapids. As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,798.

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).[1]

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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Timeline

Date Event Source
1840 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1859 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1859 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1860 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1867 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1867 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1867 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1860 970
1870 5,642
1880 13,973
1890 19,697
1900 20,693
1910 19,466
1920 17,765
1930 15,738
1940 16,902
1950 18,968
1960 21,051
1970 27,992
1980 36,961
1990 37,308

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