Michigan: Gladwin County

Gladwin County (pop. 25,692) is east of Clare County. It’s the only Gladwin County in the U.S.

The county was named for Major General Henry Gladwin (1730-1791), British commander at the Siege of Fort Detroit during Pontiac’s Rebellion in 1763.

Portrait at Detroit Institute of Arts

The county seat of Gladwin County is the city of Gladwin (pop. 2,933), located on one of Michigan’s three Cedar rivers.

Gladwin was the birthplace (in 1950) of Debbie Stabenow, Michigan’s junior U.S. senator.

Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee

The city of Beaverton (pop. 1,071) is south of Gladwin. The sports teams at Beavertown High School are called the Beavers.

The Gem Theater in Beaverton has been in operation since 1940.

302 seats

Beaverton is known as “The Plastic Thermoforming Capital of the World” because of its Dow Chemical plant.

Plastic packaging

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