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Alger County was originally laid out in 1850 and was part of Schoolcraft County until it was organized in 1885, named after Russell Alger, a patriarchal Detroit lumber baron who was governor of Michigan that year. Au Train was its first county seat until 1901 or 1902 when it moved to Munising. The county embraces the famous Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, more than a dozen waterfalls, and 250 lakes. Population is a mere 9,800 people. I visited the Pictured Rocks briefly in the beginning of my older post, Tithing the Red Metal King (Part 1). Alger County is one of the few counties surprisingly not covered in David M. Brown's compendious Michigan County Atlas, known for its depth of info on the lesser-known nooks and crannies of the state—and a vital tool in my toolbox here at nailhed.com! [Correction: my copy of the atlas is out of date; newer versions include all 83 counties.]
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