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The county seat is Allegan. The name was coined by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft to sound like a Native American word. Allegan County is primarily an agricultural area that is rapidly becoming urbanized as the population centers of Grand Rapids on the northeast and Kalamazoo to the southeast expand into Allegan County. A portion of the city of Holland lies within the northwest portion of the county, as does a larger urbanized area around it. In the southwest corner, a small portion of the city of South Haven extends into Allegan County. The Lake Michigan shoreline has long been a popular place for vacation homes, and that such development continues, especially around Saugatuck and Douglas. The largest city wholly within the county is Allegan, the county seat. The county has long been a regional tourist draw, particularly the Tulip Time Festival in Holland and the area along Lake Michigan. Another draw is Allegan State Game Area, a 45,000 acre (182 km²) forest attracting campers, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and hunters. Allegan County also hosts Saugatuck Dunes State Park with trails through scenic dunes and a swimming beach on Lake Michigan.
(Deep Thoughts and Work Comps, photo by Cave Canem)

Allegan County Interests

BIOGRAPHIES
BIRTH
BUSINESS & MFG.
CENSUS
CEMETERIES
CHURCHES
GALLERY
HOTELS
MARRIAGE
ANNIVERSARIES
MILITARY
OBITUARIES
SCHOOLS
SURNAMES
VITAL RECORDS

Cities & Towns & Townships

ALLEGAN
City of Allegan
Medical Fraternity of Allegan
BRADLEY
City of Bradley
CLYDE TWP.
History Clyde Twp.
DOUGLAS
City of Douglas
FENNVILLE
(Clyde Twp.)
City of Fennville
GANGES
City of Ganges
GIBSON
City of Gibson
GLENN
City of Glenn
GOODMAN
City of Goodman
GUN LAKE
City of Gun Lake
HAMILTON
City of Hamilton
HILLARDS
City of Hillards
HOPKINS
City of Hopkins
NEW RICHMOND
City of New Richmond
OTSEGO
City of Otsego
Gallery of Memories
PLAINWELL
City of Plainwell
PULLMAN
City of Pullman
SAUGATUCK
SAUGATUCK TWP.
City of Saugatuck
SHELBYVILLE
City of Shelbyville
WATSON TWP.
Watson Twp. History
WAYLAND
WAYLAND TWP.
City of Wayland

History of Allegan and Barry Counties, Michigan,
Johnson, Crisfield and D.W. Ensign & Co. 1880.
With illustrations and biographical sketches of their prominent men and pioneers.
Publication Info: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Library 2005

CHAPTER XVI -- COUNTY BUILDINGS AND POOR-FARMS Pg. 56-60
Attempt to erect Building in Allegan County in 1837 — A Resolution In 1839 — A Jail and Jailer's House built—Erection of first Fire- Proof Building—Old Offices fitted up for Court-Room—Vote of Supervisors to build Court-House in 1852—Not carried out—The Baptist Church at Allegan bought for a Court-House—New Jail built In 1861—Report of Committee in favor of new Fire-Proof Buildings in 1867—Title to the Public Square—Erection of new Fire-Proof Building in 1871—First Places of holding Court—Description of first Jail—Grading of Public Square—Allegan Poor- House and Farm—First Poor-Tax—First Bills for Support of Paupers—Distinction between Township and County Poor abolished —First Superintendents of Poor—Sealed Proposals for supporting Paupers—First Step toward buying Poor-Farm, in 1849—Nothing further done until 1864—Farm purchased in 1866—Building of Part of Poor-House in 1868—Construction of Main Building in 1870—Erection of Insane Asylum in 1874—Erection of Children's Building in 1877—Expense of supporting Poor in 1879—Barry County Buildings—First Jail in the Ground—Resolution of Commissioners to build Jail and Court-House in 1842—Its Construction —Ha Cost—Description—Destruction by Fire—Movements toward building a New Jail—A Committee authorized to buy Lots, make Contract, etc.—Contract for and Erection of Present Jail—Erection of Barry County Court-House—Title of Court-Route Square—First Location of County Offices—Their Location in the old Court-House—In the new Court-House—Barry County Poor- House and Farm—First Appointment of Superintendents of the Poor—First Movement to obtain Poor-Farm, in 1849—Resolution to purchase Farm, 1854—Resolution not to purchase in 1855—Last Resolution rescinded—Farm bought In 1855—Poor-House built in 1878.

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