Berrien County Michigan
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Berrien County was founded in 1829 and organized in 1831.
The county's boundaries were set by an act of the legislature of the Michigan Territory on October 29, 1829, with its present limits, but it was initially attached as Niles Township to Cass County for administrative purposes. In 1831 Berrien County was detached from Cass County.
The county was initially divided into three townships: Berrien Township, consisting of present-day townships of Berrien, Oronoko, and Lake plus a two-mile strip north of that territory; St. Joseph Township, consisting of everything north of Berrien Township; and Niles Township, consisting of everything south of Berrien Township.
Berrien County was named for John M. Berrien of Georgia, U.S. Attorney General under U.S. President Andrew Jackson.
Benton Harbor * Bridgman * Buchanan * Coloma * New Buffalo * Niles * St. Joseph * * Watervliet
Baroda * Berrien Springs * Eau Claire * Galien * Grand Beach * Michiana * Shoreham * Stevensville * Three Oaks
Benton Heights * Fair Plain * Lake Michigan Beach * New Troy * Paw Paw Lake * Shorewood-Tower Hills-Harbert
Other Unincorporated Communities
Berrien Center * Bethany Beach * Birchwood * Dayton * Glendora * Harbert * Hazelhurst * Hinchman * Hollywood, Michigan * Lakeside * Millburg * Riverside * Sawyer * Scottdale * Shorewood Hills * Tower Hill Shorelands * Union Pier
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