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Gaylord in Otsego County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Otsego County

 
 
Otsego County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, July 8, 2010
1. Otsego County Marker
Inscription.  First named Okkuddo when it was set off in 1840, this county was renamed Otsego in 1843 after a New York county and lake of that name. It is said to mean "clear water." Settlement did not begin until the late 1860's when lumbering was started. Otsego Lake, the first village, was founded in 1872 and became county seat in 1875 when the county was organized. Gaylord was settled in 1874 and named county seat in 1877. Farming and the tourist industry are now the chief businesses.
 
Erected by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 219.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
 
Location. 45° 1.635′ N, 84° 40.597′ W. Marker is in Gaylord, Michigan, in Otsego County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (State Highway 32) and South Otsego Avenue (Business Interstate 75), on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is
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at or near this postal address: 225 West Main Street, Gaylord MI 49735, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Five Rivers Fountain (a few steps from this marker); Elk, Oil and the Environment (a few steps from this marker); Gaylord, Michigan (within shouting distance of this marker); Gaylord Iraqi/Enduring Freedom Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Otsego County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Purple Heart Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Kramer's Busy Big Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Hogan's Jewelers (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaylord.
 
Otsego County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, January 2, 2023
2. Otsego County Marker
The marker has been painted with an all green look.
Otsego County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2022
3. Otsego County Marker
For some reason, this one and the Gaylord marker are painted solid green, no yellow lettering.
Otsego County Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, July 8, 2010
4. Otsego County Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 732 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 21, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   2. submitted on January 7, 2023, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.   3. submitted on July 5, 2022, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on July 21, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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