Michigan: Saginaw County

Saginaw County (pop. 200,169) is not actually on Saginaw Bay; the northern edge of the county is about 10 miles south of the bay.

The county seat of Saginaw County is the city of Saginaw (pop. 51,508). Lefty Frizzell’s song “Saginaw, Michigan” was number one on the country charts in 1964.

The Saginaw area was a center of manufacturing for the auto industry, with a total of 12 General Motors plants in the 1960s and ’70s. The city reached its peak population of 98,265 in 1960.

Saginaw and Saginaw River

Musician Stevie Wonder was born in Saginaw in 1950, and tennis star Serena Williams was born in Saginaw in 1981.

Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins

The Castle Museum of Saginaw County History was built in 1898 as a U.S. Post Office.

Built in Renaissance style

The eight-story Michigan Bell Building in Saginaw was built in 1930.

Now the AT&T Building

The Hoyt Public Library in Saginaw dates from 1887.

Richardsonian Romanesque style

The Temple Theatre in downtown Saginaw was built by the Elf Khurafeh Shriners in 1927.

“The Showplace of Northeastern Michigan”

The Japanese Cultural Center, Tea House, and Gardens of Saginaw opened in 1971.

In the gardens

The city of Frankenmuth (pop. 4,944) has a variety of Bavarian-themed events, including the World Expo of Beer, Bavarian Festival, and Oktoberfest.

The Frankenmuth Cheese Haus

Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth calls itself “The World’s Largest Christmas Store.” It has more than two million visitors a year.

Founded in 1945

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3 comments on “Michigan: Saginaw County

  1. dot says:

    Bob, thank you SO much for these posts. I really enjoy them. Dot

  2. lois grunwald says:

    I love the cheese house and all the unusual and pretty building styles. But that first one built in 1898: definitely spooky. That’s a huge post office. Good luck in finding a postal employee there. 🙂 Maybe they had a swimming pool in one of the grand ballrooms and spent their breaks there 🙂

  3. Sorry I missed you in Saginaw. It will probably be a long time before you come back through. When you are ready to get out of the mainstream, please check out Johnny Panther Quests. This is our 20th year of showing off Saginaw…

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