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Tuscola County, Michigan

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The county was created by Michigan Law on April 1, 1840. The name Tuscola was a neologism created by Henry Schoolcraft and had an aboriginal root. That source likely was the native Ojibwe name "desakamigaa" that means the flat level ground or simply the flat country. For an ending, Mr. Schoolcraft then used a form of the Latin word "colo" that means to cultivate, till, or farm or a land that is cultivated. For the suffix, the related Latin word "colonia" from which we get today the word colony means a farm estate. Tuscola then means the flat cultivated land. Henry Schoolcraft once wrote that Tuscola was derived from Native words and meant level lands. A similar word to desakamigaa is the Ojibwe word "desinaagan" that is translated as dinner plate. Shell in their language is "ess". The Ojibwe often used a shell or bark from a tree for a dish. The Ojibwe prefixes "desi-" and "tessa" are used to form their words for flat objects such as a shelf, platform, bench, or plate.

For a complete list of Townships & Communities, please see Wikipedia.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Villages

  • Akron
  • Caro (County Seat)
  • Cass City
  • Fairgrove
  • Gagetown
  • Kingstown
  • Mayville
  • Millington
  • Reese
  • Unionville
  • Vassar



Tuscola County History


Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places