Michigan: Bay County

Bay County (pop. 107,771) is on Saginaw Bay. The only other Bay County is in Florida.

The county seat of Bay County is Bay City (pop. 34,932). Bay City reached its peak population of 53,604 in 1960.

Bay City City Hall (1897)

Bay City is bisected by the Saginaw River, which flows into Saginaw Bay. The city has four drawbridges over the river.

Veterans Memorial Bridge

The State Theatre in Bay City dates from 1908.

Concerts, plays, and movies

Madonna Louise Ciccone was born in Bay City in 1958.

She was raised near Detroit.

The Bay City Rollers were actually from Scotland, but they named themselves after Bay City, Michigan.

Rollermania was at its peak in the mid-’70s.

The Saginaw River Rear Range Light is between Bay City and Saginaw Bay.

Built in 1876

The Sage Library in Bay City was built in 1884. It was a gift of Henry W. Sage of Ithaca, New York.

Still in use as a library

The Pere Marquette Railroad Depot was built in 1904 and restored and reopened in 2008.

It sat empty for 39 years.

The unincorporated community of University Center, southwest of Bay City, is the home of Saginaw Valley State University (1963), which has about 10,000 students.

Michigan’s newest public university

The city of Pinconning (pop. 1,307) calls itself “The Cheese Capital of Michigan.” Pinconning cheese, an aged Colby cheese, was first made in 1915 in Pinconning.

Giant mouse outside Wilson’s Cheese Shoppe

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2 comments on “Michigan: Bay County

  1. Mary Schlick says:

    Is the depot in use as a museum or something???

    • Mary Schlick says:

      THERE IS A SAGINAW BAY ON RAINY LAKE, TOO. I wonder if Saginaw is the name of a tribe or a native descriptive word for windy or dangerous or something. AM

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