Gogebic County, Michigan

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Gogebic County is the westernmost county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 17,370. The county seat is Bessemer[1].

The county was set off and organized in 1867. It had been part of Ontonagon County. The name is said to be derived from the Ojibwe word "bic" which most references interpret as "rock."[2] Alternatively, it is claimed to be derived from Lake Agogebic, later changed to Lake Gogebic.[3] 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 1,476 square miles (3,822.8 km2), of which 1,102 square miles (2,854.2 km2) is land and 375 square miles (971.2 km2) (25.37%) is water.

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