Named after Michigan's first governor, Steven Mason. In the mid 1600’s French missionaries, including Father Pere Marquette, visited the Ottawa Indians here and
Marquette’s Memorial on the south side of the channel marks his death in 1675.
In 1847 Burr Caswell settled in the county at the mouth of the Pere Marquette River.
Because of all the Pine trees lumbering
became a major industry. Car ferries began in 1897 and today there are still
still operating year round between Ludington and Manitawoc, Wisconsin.
The Pere Marquette River, a major attraction here which empties into Lake Michigan at Ludington.