Crawford County (pop. 14,074) is in the middle of Northern Michigan, about halfway between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. It is one of 11 Crawford counties in the U.S.
There are three different people for whom Crawford counties have been named; this one was named for Col. William Crawford (1732-1782), a soldier and surveyor who was tortured and burned at the stake during an Army expedition against Indian villages in Ohio.
Camp Grayling, the largest National Guard training site in the U.S., is primarily in Crawford County.
The county seat of Crawford County is the city of Grayling (pop. 1,884), named for a species of fish that was found in the area.
The Rialto Theater in Grayling dates from 1930.
The Bottle-Cap Museum is inside Dawson and Stevens Classic 50’s Diner in downtown Grayling.
The Crawford County Historical Museum is in the Grayling Railroad Depot.
Grayling calls itself “The Canoe Capital of the World.” The annual 120-mile Au Sable River International Canoe Marathon goes from Grayling to Oscoda.
The Hanson Hills Recreation Area has downhill and cross-country skiing.
Hartwick Pines State Park, north of Grayling, is Michigan’s fifth-largest state park. It has an old-growth forest of white pines and red pines.
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