Michigan: Clare County

Clare County (pop. 30,926) is east of Osceola County. It’s the only Clare County in the U.S.

Clare County is about halfway between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, and about halfway between Indiana and the Upper Peninsula.

It was named for County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland.

Cliffs of Mohar, County Clare

The county seat of Clare County is the city of Harrison (pop. 2,114). It was named for President William Henry Harrison (1773-1841).

He died one month after taking office.

Harrison (the city) has 20 lakes within a 20-minute drive.

Harrison and Budd Lake

The Frostbite Open Golf Tournament is held on Budd Lake.

The main campus of Mid Michigan Community College is in Harrison.

The city of Clare (pop. 3,118) is on the southern border of the county. The Ideal Theatre in Clare is still showing movies.

Built in 1930

The Clare Congregational Church is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1909

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One comment on “Michigan: Clare County

  1. Mary Schlick says:

    Well, the only person I knew named Clare was my best childhood friend, Jean Clare McDonald, named for her Aunt Clare, a New York businesswoman — of great interest to us girl children in the 1930s.
    My Sophia was pretty strange to most, too! All well here in the midst of the apple blossoms ( by now budding). Love to you and yours!!! AM

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