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Benzie county map

Size: 316 Square Miles
Elevation: 600-1000 Feet
Physiography: Lake-border Plains, hill lands
Growing Season: 130-160 days
Annual Precipitation: 28-32 inches
Average Snowfall: 80-100 inches
Forest Type: Aspen-Birch, Maple-Beech-Hemlock
Fall Colors: Late September - Early October

Although there was a settler prior, settlement began in 1854 when a vessel was forced to land here during a storm. The Betsie River offered a good harbor for lake vessels. Population growth occurred with lumbering in the area and steam powered saw mills were erected. In 1892 a ship carrying railroad freight cars crossed the water at Frankfort. Today the car ferry still operates. Home of the famous Crystal Mountain Ski Area.

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce

Almira Aral Bendon
Benzonia (49616) Beulah (49617) Clark
Crystallia Edgewater Elberta (49628)
Frankfort (49635) Homestead Honor (49640)
Jacktown Joyfield Lake Ann (49650)
Osborn Oviatt Pilgram
Platte Thompsonville (49683) Wallin
Watervale Weldon blank

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