Manistee County, Michigan

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Manistee County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 24,527. The county seat is Manistee[1]. The name "Manistee" is from an Ojibwe word first applied to the principal river of the county.[2] The derivation is not certain,[3] but it may be from ministigweyaa, "river with islands at its mouth".[4][5]



The county was set off in 1840 and organized in 1855. [6]

Historical markers

There are thirteen recognized Michigan historical markers in the county:[7]


The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

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