Michigan: Crawford County

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.

Crawford’s execution

Camp Grayling, the largest National Guard training site in the U.S., is primarily in Crawford County.

Founded in 1913

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 Grayling Fish Hatchery was founded in 1914.

The Rialto Theater in Grayling dates from 1930.

Art Deco style

The Bottle-Cap Museum is inside Dawson and Stevens Classic 50’s Diner in downtown Grayling.

Lots of Coca Cola memorabilia

The Crawford County Historical Museum is in the Grayling Railroad Depot.

Built in 1882

Grayling calls itself “The Canoe Capital of the World.” The annual 120-mile Au Sable River International Canoe Marathon goes from Grayling to Oscoda.

Canoers paddle nonstop through the night.

The Hanson Hills Recreation Area has downhill and cross-country skiing.

Mountain biking in summer

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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One comment on “Michigan: Crawford County

  1. Mary Schlick says:

    Wow! This is WILD! Who’d a thunk such stuff was going in the North Woods!

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