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.
Dow Chemical Co. was founded in Midland in 1897; the company still has its headquarters in Midland.
The Dow Gardens, a 110-acre botanical garden in Midland, was begun by Herbert Dow in 1899.
Adjacent to the Dow Gardens is the Alden Dow House and Studio (1940), designed by architect Alden Dow, son of Herbert Dow.
The Dow Diamond (2007) in Midland is the home of the Great Lakes Loons, Single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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.
Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite grew up in Midland and graduated from Midland High School.
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