Alcona County, Michigan

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Alcona County is a county of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population is 11,719. Its county seat is Harrisville.[1]

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History

The county was created by the state legislature on April 1, 1840.[2] It was at first named "Negwegon County", after the name of a well-known Chippewa chief, also known as "Little Wing", who was an American ally against the British in the War of 1812. It was renamed to Alcona County on March 8, 1843, after a neologism manufactured by Henry Schoolcraft from parts of words from Native American languages, plus Arabic, Greek and Latin[3], which were amalgamated to mean "fine or excellent plain".[4] See and compare, List of Michigan county name etymologies, List of Michigan counties, and List of abolished U.S. counties.

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