Michigan: Lapeer County

Lapeer County (pop. 88,319) is west of St. Clair County. The name was apparently an Anglicization of the French “la pierre” (the rock).

The county seat of Lapeer County is the city of Lapeer (pop. 8,841).

Downtown Lapeer

The Lapeer County Courthouse, built in 1846, is the oldest original courthouse structure  in Michigan that is still in use.

Greek Revival style

The Piety Hill Historic District in Lapeer has five churches built between 1881 and 1911, including Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church.

The Pix Theatre in Lapeer (1941) now hosts a variety of events. It was restored in 1997.

Streamline Moderne style

Jake Long, the first overall pick in the 2008 National Football League draft, played football, basketball, and baseball at Lapeer East High School before playing his college football at the University of Michigan.

Offensive lineman for St. Louis Rams

Nearby, the village of Almont (pop. 2,674) is known for the giant steer in front of the Country Smoke House.

Gift boxes are available

In the village of Metamora (pop. 565), the Roadside Attractions store has this slogan: “It’s like a museum, but everything is for sale.”

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