Eaton County (pop. 107,759) is east of Barry County. Portions of the western part of Lansing, the state capital, are in Eaton County.
The county was named for John Eaton (1790-1856), who served as a U.S. senator from Tennessee and secretary of war. He was the youngest senator in U.S. history.
The county seat of Eaton County is the city of Charlotte (pop. 9,074).
The old Eaton County Courthouse (1885) in Charlotte is now a museum.
Eaton Rapids (pop. 5,214) is known as “The Island City” because its downtown area is on an island in the Grand River.
The Edgewater Apartments in Eaton Rapids were formerly a textile mill.
The city of Grand Ledge (pop. 7,786) is known for its 60-foot-high rock ledges of sandstone and quartzite on the Grand River.
The city of Olivet (pop. 1,605) is the home of Olivet College, a liberal arts college affiliated with the United Church of Christ.
The village of Vermontville (pop. 759) has an annual Maple Syrup Festival.
The city of Potterville (pop. 2,617) is the home of Joe’s Gizzard City, known for its deep-fried chicken gizzards.
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