Crawford County, Michigan

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Crawford County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 14,273. The county seat is Grayling.[1]

The County is named for Col. William Crawford, a Revolutionary War soldier killed in 1782 while fighting Native Americans in Ohio. It was set off in 1840 as Shawono County, but renamed Crawford in 1843. The county was organized in 1879.[2] See List of Michigan county name etymologies

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Geography

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 563 square miles (1,458.2 km2), of which 558 square miles (1,445.2 km2) is land and 5 square miles (12.9 km2) (0.93%) is water.
  • The County is part of the Au Sable State Forest, specifically the
    • Grayling FMU (Alcona, Crawford, Oscoda, and northern Iosco counties).
  • The county is part of Northern Michigan.

Glaciers shaped the area, creating a unique regional ecosystem. A large portion of the area is the so-called Grayling outwash plain, which consists of broad outwash plain including sandy ice-disintegration ridges; jack pine barrens, some white pine-red pine forest, and northern hardwood forest. Large lakes were created by glacial action.[3]

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