Mecosta county was named after a Potawatomi chief meaning "bear cub"
By 1850 there was settlements and a sawmill constructed. It took the
railroads to get more settlers to the area. By 1884 there were 21 sawmills.
The Muskegon River helped with lumbering. Gradually agriculture began to become
the major industry. Today there is still some farming and manufacturing.
Mecosta is a resort area.
Mecosta County was home to one of Michigan's former governors, Woodbridge N. Ferris.
He started the Ferris Industrial School, today know as Ferris State University.
The County offers parks, and Rails-to-Trails for hiking, boating, canoeing, water skiing and fishing.