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GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY MICHIGAN







Grand Traverse County

Size: 464 Square Miles
Elevation: 600-1100 Feet
Physiography: Hill-lands, plains
Growing Season: 90-130 days
Annual Precipitation: 30-32 inches
Average Snowfall: 80-100 inches
Forest Type: Aspen-Birch, Maple-Beech-Hemlock, Oak-Hickory
Fall Colors: Early October

The name of the Grand Traverse comes from the early days of fur trading from the Frenchmen describing the nine mile trail along the south shore of Grand Traverse Bay as "la grand traverse" or "the long crossing". In 1839, Reverend Peter Dougherty established an Indian mission on the strip of land which extends out into the bay, now know as Old Mission Peninsula. By the 1840's lumbering was growing in the area and a sawmill was built. With the decline of lumbering, people began planting fruit trees. The most popular is the cherry tree production, and is celebrated annually by Grand Traverse's National Cherry Festival in mid-July.


Cities

Grand Traverse County

Acme (49610) Angel Bates
Blair Cedar Run Fife Lake (49633)
Grawn (49637) Hanna Hilltop
Interlochen (49643) Karlin (49643) Kingsley (49649)
Mabel Mapleton Mayfield (49666)
McManus Corner Monroe Center Old Mission (49673)
Summit City Traverse City Walton
Williamsburg (49690) Yuba blank





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