Michigan: Wexford County

Wexford County (pop. 32,735) is in the geographic center of Michigan. It’s the only Wexford County in the U.S.

The county was named for County Wexford, in the southeastern corner of Ireland.

Ireland’s “Sunshine Coast”

The county seat of Wexford County is the city of Cadillac (pop. 10,355).

Cadillac was named for Antoine Laumet de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac (1658-1730),a French explorer of New France.

Cadillac is a municipality in southwestern France.

The Carnegie Library in Cadillac (1906) is now the Wexford County Historical Society and Museum.

It was a library until 1969.

The Old City Hall in Cadillac (1901) is now used for commercial offices. A new City Hall opened in 1977.

Richardsonian Romanesque style

Cadillac is on Lake Cadillac, which has about eight miles of shoreline.

It flows into the Clam River.

The annual North American Snow Festival features snowmobile races on Lake Cadillac.

There’s also an ice-fishing tournament.

Caberfae Peaks, west of Cadillac, is one of America’s oldest downhill ski areas. It opened in 1938 with a lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Vertical drop of 485 feet

In 1975, KISS played at the Cadillac High School homecoming dance. The next morning, the band attended a civic breakfast with the mayor and city council.

You can look it up.

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