The county was named after an Ireland county. The first white men arrived in
at the mouth of the Elk River in 1839. A saw mill was built in 1860 where the
village of Elk Rapids grew. After a few years Dexter and Noble took over the mill.
They owned most of the hotels, steamboat runs, many sawmills, as well as thousands
of acres of lakeshore land. Mancelona became a major railroad stop. Today Antrim
is known for its summer resorts and cherry orchards. The 18 mile long Torch Lake
is named by the National Geographic Society as one of the nation's most beautiful
lakes. Torch Lake got its name from Native Americans who hunted fish by torch light.