Michigan: Midland County

Midland County (pop. 83,629) got its name because of its proximity to the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The only other Midland County is in Texas.

The county seat of Midland County is the city of Midland (pop. 41,863). The courthouse is in Tudor Revival style.

Built in 1926

Dow Chemical Co. was founded in Midland in 1897; the company still has its headquarters in Midland.

Founded by Herbert Henry Dow

The Dow Gardens, a 110-acre botanical garden in Midland, was begun by Herbert Dow in 1899.

Open to the public

Adjacent to the Dow Gardens is the Alden Dow House and Studio (1940), designed by architect Alden Dow, son of Herbert Dow.

Also open for tours

The Dow Diamond (2007) in Midland is the home of the Great Lakes Loons, Single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the Midwest League

The Tridge is a three-way wooden footbridge that spans the confluences of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee rivers in Midland. Each spoke is 180 feet long and eight feet wide.

It opened in 1981.

Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite grew up in Midland and graduated from Midland High School.


michigan counties working



2 comments on “Michigan: Midland County

  1. Mary Schlick says:


  2. […] stop checking the author’s crawling pace once every few days. He arrived vicariously at Midland County, Michigan about a week ago where he noted that it "got its name because of its proximity to […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s