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Muskegon, Michigan
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Muskegon (mus-kēg'n) is a city in Muskegon County. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 40,105. The city is the county seat of Muskegon County. The city is located at the southwest corner of Muskegon Township, but is administratively autonomous. "Muskegon" is derived from the Ottawa Indian term "Masquigon" meaning "marshy river or swamp".[5] The "Masquigon" river was identified on French maps dating from the late seventeenth century, suggesting that French explorers had reached Michigan's western coast by that time. Father Jacques Marquette traveled northward through the area on his fateful trip to St. Ignace in 1675 and a party of French soldiers under La Salle's lieutenant, Henry de Tonty, passed through the area in 1679. The earliest known white resident of the county was Edward Fitzgerald, a fur trader and trapper who first came to the Muskegon area in 1748 and who died here, reportedly being buried in the vicinity of White Lake. Sometime between 1790 and 1800, a French-Canadian trader named Joseph La Framboise established a fur trading post at the mouth of Duck Lake. Between 1810 and 1820, several French Canadian fur traders, including Lamar Andie, Jean Baptiste Recollect, and Pierre Constant had established fur trading posts around Muskegon Lake. Settlement of Muskegon began in earnest in 1837, which coincided with the beginning of the exploitation of the area's extensive timber resources. The commencement of the lumber industry in 1837 inaugurated what some regard as the most romantic era in the history of the region.

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ATTRACTIONS:  Amusement Parks, Casinos, Farms & Mills, Historic Sites, Lighthouses, Museums, Planetariums, Tours, Waterfalls, Wineries, and Zoos

Carr-Fles Planetarium [Planetariums], 221 South Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI 49442, Phone: (231) 777-0289

Clay Avenue Cellars [Wineries & Vineyards, Art & Craft Galleries], 611 Clay Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49440, Phone: (231) 722-3108

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Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park & Wild Water Adventure [Amusement Parks, Water Parks], 4750 Whitehall Road, Muskegon, MI 49445, Phone: (231) 766-3377

Muskegon Farmers Market [Farmers Market], 242 W Western Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49442, Phone: (231) 722-3251

Thunderbird Racepark [Racetracks], 350 W Riley Thompson, Muskegon, MI 49445, Phone: (231) 766-3300

DINING 0UT:  Breweries, Dinner Trains & Cruises, Restaurants, and Wineries


PLACES TO STAY:  Apartments, Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins & Cottages, Condominiums, Historic Inns, Hotels & Motels, Resorts and Vacation Homes

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:  Business, Civic, Clubs, Colleges, Fraternal, Independent Schools, Political, Public Schools, Religious, Social,  Universities, Veteran, etc.

Michigan Tree Farm System, 501 Norway Street, Grayling, MI 49738, (989) 348-9319

INDOOR & OUTDOOR RECREATION:  Beaches, Biking, Boating, Bowling, Camping, Dog-sledding, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Hunting, Kayaking, ORVing, Nature & Parks, Scuba Diving & Snorkling, Skating & Hockey, Skiing, Sports Rentals, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing.

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Call Me Fishmael [Sport Fishing Charters], 3404 Rambling Brook, Muskegon, MI 49444, Phone: (231) 740-3693

Catch-A-Bunch Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 816 Bay St., Petoskey, MI, 49770, Phone: (616) 498-2628

Great Lakes Guide Service [Sport Fishing Charters], 1963 Bonneville, Muskegon, MI 49441, Phone: (231) 638-5752

Marine Management, Ltd [Sport Fishing Charters], 3040 Lakeshore Dr., Muskegon, MI 49441, Phone: (231) 730-4040

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Steelhead Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 5009 Whitehall Rd., Muskegon, MI 49445

TKO Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 2304 Becker Road, Muskegon, MI 49442, Phone: (231) 730-4820

SERVICES:  Building, Dental, Personal, Professional, Medical, Real Estate, Rental, Repair, etc.

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SHOPPING:  Antique Shops & Flea Markets, Art & Craft Galleries, Florists, Gift Shops, Outlet Malls, Shopping Centers, Shopping Districts, and Specialty Shops

Art Cats Gallery [Art & Craft Galleries], 1845 Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon, MI 49441, Phone: (231) 755-7606

Clay Avenue Cellars [Wineries & Vineyards, Art & Craft Galleries], 611 Clay Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49440, Phone: (231) 722-3108

Dancin Gallery and Gifts [Art & Craft Galleries],  2832 E. Apple Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49442, Phone: (231) 777-7571

Muskegon Farmers Market [Farmers Market], 242 W Western Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49442, Phone: (231) 722-3251

The Red Lotus Gallery [Art & Craft Galleries], 825 W. Western Ave, Muskegon, MI 49441, Phone: (231) 206-0426

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Wishes & Watercolors [Art & Craft Galleries], 1853 Ruddiman Drive, Muskegon, MI 49445, Phone: (231) 719-1231


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