Huron County, Michigan

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Coordinates: 43°52′N 83°02′W / 43.867°N 83.033°W / 43.867; -83.033

Huron County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 36,079 with an estimate of 32,236 in 2009.[1] The county seat is Bad Axe.[2] Huron County is located at the northern tip of the the Thumb, which in turn is a sub region of the Flint/Tri-Cities. It is surrounded on three sides by water – Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron and has over 90 miles (140 km) of shoreline, from White Rock on Lake Huron to Sebewaing on the Saginaw Bay. Huron County's most important industry is agriculture, as with most of the other Thumb counties. Huron County enjoys seasonal tourism from large cities such as Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw.

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History

Huron County was attached originally to Sanilac and Tuscola counties. It was created by Michigan Law on April 1, 1840 and was fully organized by an Act of Legislature on January 25, 1859. Sand Beach (now Harbor Beach) was then county seat, until 1865, when the court house burned with nearly all the records. It was moved to Port Austin and remained there until 1873, when the Board of Supervisors permanently made Bad Axe the County Seat.[3]

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