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Otsego County, Michigan

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The county was founded in 1840 as Okkuddo County (meaning "sickly water," although the reason for using a name with such a negative meaning is lost). The name was changed to Otsego in 1843 and was organized in 1875. Otsego may be a Native American name meaning "place of the rock". However, an alternative theory is that it derives from a lake and a county in New York state, which are said to bear the name derived from a Mohawk Iroquoian word meaning either "clear water" or "meeting place." It may be a neologism coined by Henry Schoolcraft, who was a borrower of words and pieces of words from many languages (including Arabic, Greek, Latin, and various American Indian dialects).

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Villages & Communities

  • Arbutus Beach
  • Bagley
  • Charlton
  • Chester
  • Corwith
  • Dover
  • Elmira
  • Eyedylwild
  • Gaylord (County Seat)
  • Hayes
  • Johannesburg
  • Livingston
  • Oak Grove
  • Otsego Lake
  • Sparr
  • Vanderbilt
  • Vienna Corners (part)
  • Waters



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