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Allegan County, Michigan

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Allegan County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of 2010 United States Census, the population was 111,408. The county seat is Allegan. The name was coined by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft to sound like a Native American word.

Allegan County comprises the Holland, MI Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming-Muskegon, MI Combined Statistical Area. It is primarily an agricultural area that is rapidly becoming urbanized as the population centers of Grand Rapids on the northeast and Kalamazoo to the southeast expand into Allegan County.

The county has long been a regional tourist draw, particularly the Tulip Time Festival in Holland and the area along Lake Michigan. The Lake Michigan shoreline has long been a popular place for vacation homes, and that development continues, especially around Saugatuck and Douglas. Another draw is Allegan State Game Area, a 45,000 acres forest attracting campers, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and hunters. Allegan County contains Saugatuck Dunes State Park with trails through scenic dunes and a swimming beach on Lake Michigan. Lake Allegan is a popular destination.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Villages

+Denotes County Seat

~Denotes being in more than one county

  • +Allegan
  • Douglas
  • Fennville
  • ~Holland
  • Hopkins
  • Martin
  • Otsego
  • Plainwell
  • Saugatuck
  • ~South Haven
  • Wayland

Links

Wikipedia

Douglas Union School

The Dorr E. Felt Mansion

The New Richmond Swing Bridge

The Francis Metallic Surfboat

The Old Wing Inn

Saugatuck Pump House

Michigan Ghost Town: Singapore

The Warner P. Sutton House