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ALGER COUNTY MICHIGAN








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Pronounced: AL ger
Size: 913 Square Miles
Elevation: 600-1200 Feet
Physiography: Hill-lands; Lake border; Plains
Growing Season: 80-120 days
Annual Precipitation: 32-36 inches
Average Snowfall: 120-140 inches
Forest Type: Pine-Oak-Aspen, Maple-Beech-Birch Hemlock, Spruce-Fir
Fall Colors: Late September

Near Grand Marais remains of an Indian campsite were found, as well as tools made from copper, bone and stone there. The county got its name from Russell Alger, governor of Michigan from 1885-86. Prior to the first white settlers, fur traders and fishermen explored the area. Up until 1855 the Chippewa Indians had reservations on Grand Island and in the Munising area. The American Fur Company built a post on Grand Island in the mid 1820's. Most of Alger county land was included in the transfer of lands by the Chippewa to the US Government in 1836. Munising began its settlement around 1850, but the development was slow because of the areas isolation. Today forest related industries are still a major part of Alger county. Although noted mostly for tourism other industries include farming, dairying, sand and gravel. The Hiawatha National Forest comprises most of the County, which include many waterfalls, trout streams and inland lakes. One of the most famous areas is the multi-colored cliffs which span fifteen miles along Lake Superior which is known as the Pictured Rocks National Shoreline.


Cities in Alger County

Au Train Michigan Chatham Michigan) Christmas Michigan
Doly Michigan Eben Junction Michigan Evelyn Michigan
Forest Lake Michigan Grand Island Michigan Grand Marais Michigan
Juniper Michigan Limestone Michigan Masters Michigan
Melstrand Michigan Munising Michigan Myren Michigan
Ridge Michigan Rumely Michigan Shingleton Michigan
Traunik Michigan Trenary Michigan Van Meer Michigan
Wetmore Michigan





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