Huron County is located in the “thumb” area of Michigan.
It is surrounded on three sides by water – Saginaw Bay and
Lake Huron. The county has a land area of 824 square miles which
is 139 square miles greater than the
average for the other 82 counties in the state. Of the 28 townships
in the county, only 15 are approximately 36 square miles. The irregular
shore, 93 miles long, makes the other thirteen townships irregular
in size, ranging from one square mile (Pointe Aux Barques Township)
to 58 square miles (Sherman Township).
The population of the county showed a continuous
increase from the first census period until 1920 when it reached
34, 758 people. In common with the majority of counties of the state,
the population declined from 1910 to
1930. Since then, there has been a gradual increase in population
to 36, 459 people in 1980; however, in 1990 a gradual decrease.
the county seat and the largest city has a population of just over
3,400 people. Harbor Beach is the other city in the county. The
Caseville, Elkton, Kinde, Owendale, Pigeon, Port Austin, Port Hope,
Sebewaing, and Ubly.
Huron County ranks as one of the top agricultural
counties in Michigan based on agricultural farm income. Major crops
grown in the county are corn, navy beans, sugar beets, wheat, alfalfa,
oats and barley. Major enterprises include dairy, livestock, and
poultry production. Because of the natural beauty and ideal topography
and sandy beaches, Huron County
has an ideal setting for the tourism industry.
The shoreline developed for tourism offers numerous
opportunities for vacationers. There are currently two state parks
– Sleeper State Park and Port Crescent State Park. Two roadside
parks – Jenks Park and Brown Park. Also, Huron County maintains
nine county parks along the shoreline, which are Caseville Park,
Lighthouse Park, Stafford Park, McGraw Park, Philp Park, Port Austin
Bird Creek Park, Wagener Park, Oak Beach Park and Sebewaing Park.
Although small industry and tourism has developed
in the county, agriculture remains the chief source of income for
BY: Walter J. Rummel