Newaygo, Michigan

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Newaygo is a city in Newaygo County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,670 at the 2000 census. The character of the town is quite rural.

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Geography

Geographic features

Major highways

History

Newaygo's recorded history goes back to French Voyageurs or Coureur des bois, that is, explorers and trappers (who may or may not have been licensed), who came up the Muskegon River. It was ostensibly named after Chief Naw-wa-goo, a signatory of the Treaty of Saginaw in 1812. But see, Newaygo County, Michigan. John Brooks came to harvest lumber in 1836, and was the town's first postmaster in 1847. Lumber and closeness to the river and Muskegon made it a center for floating logs during the lumber boom. Other interesting historical features of Newaygo include Chicago Mobster Al Capone (and many famous mobsters) gambling in the basements of Newaygo's central hotel and in a Hess Lake Inn.[4]

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