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Wexford County, Michigan

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The county was established by the Michigan Legislature in 1840 as Kautawaubet County, after a Potawatomi phrase meaning "broken tooth," and the name of a local Potawatomi chief. In 1843, legislators renamed the county Wexford, after County Wexford in Ireland. It was formally organized in 1869.

In Michigan folklore, the Michigan Dogman was allegedly witnessed in 1887 in Wexford County, Michigan. The creature is described as a seven-foot tall, blue-eyed, or amber-eyed bipedal canine-like animal with the torso of a man and a fearsome howl that sounds like a human scream. According to legends, the Michigan Dogman appears in a ten-year cycle that falls on years ending in 7. Sightings have been reported in several locations throughout Michigan, primarily in the northwestern quadrant of the Lower Peninsula. In 1987, the legend of the Michigan Dogman gained popularity when disc jockey Steve Cook at WTCM-FM recorded a song about the creature and its reported sightings.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Villages, Townships & Communities

Antioch | Benson | Boon | Buckley | Caberfae | Cadillac (County Seat) | Cedar Creek | Cherry Cove | Clam Lake | Colfax | Garletts Corner | Greenwood | Hanover | Haring | Harrietta | Henderson | Hoxeyville | Liberty | Manton | Meauwataka | Mesick | Selma | Sherman | Slagle | South Branch | Springville | Walton (part) | Wedgewood | Wexford | Yuma



Manistee National Forest (part)

Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places