Benzie County

Benzie County, Michigan

PO Box 377
Beulah, MI 49617
Phone: (231) 882-9671
Fax: (231) 882-5941

On the northwestern coast of MI, bordered on west by Lake Michigan; established Feb 27, 1863 from Manistee and Grand Traverse counties. Name Origin: Origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of the French name for the Betsie river, Aux Bec Scies 'sawbill' a species of duck. Americans corrupted it to Betsie, then to Benzie for the county.

Area (sq mi):: 859.64 (land 321.31; water 538.32) Population per square mile: 54.90
Population 2005: 17,644 State rank: 65 Population change: 2000-20005 10.30%; 1990-2000 31.10% Population 2000: 15,998 (White 95.40%; Black or African American 0.30%; Hispanic or Latino 1.50%; Asian 0.20%; Other 3.20%). Foreign born: 1.70%. Median age: 40.80
Income 2000: per capita $18,524; median household $37,350; Population below poverty level: 7.00% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $23,648-$24,747
Unemployment (2004): 7.50% Unemployment change (from 2000): 0.80% Median travel time to work: 25.40 minutes Working outside county of residence: 48.20%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Perpetrator of the "Thompsonville Tragedy," 29-year-old Benzie County resident Mate Askins wanted to spare her two children from a cold, cruel world.
The Benzie County Circuit Court ruled for the defendant in that the beach activities could be included under any other outdoor recreational use, but a Michigan Court of Appeals panel reversed when ruling that the activities didn't fall in that category under RUA.
21.2 Traverse City, Michigan--includes Antrim County (excluding Banks township); Benzie County; Grand Traverse County; Kalkaska County; Leelanau County, evelopments all of Michigan.
Adding the Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre means it is even easier for people, and especially Benzie County, to attend and enjoy great theater," says MyNorth Media president and founder of Traverse Magazine, Deborah Wyatt Fellows.
This epochal event, although ill-fated for navigational purposes, had a permanent bearing on the future development of Benzie County. The 21-mile sandy beach that was created now contains ~1,100 single-family cottages and the County seat.
Benzie County Visitors Bureau, a US-based citizen association located in Benzie County, Michigan, has announced its hosting of four wintertime events for each weekend in February 2012.
This may be the time to visit the "Most Beautiful Place in America." Benzie County with over 30 miles of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the southern gateway to the acclaimed Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park just voted "the most beautiful place in America" by viewers of ABC's "Good Morning America." The Sleeping Bear Dunes edged out such better-known spots as the Grand Tetons, Sedona, Newport, Cape Cod, Aspen, Ashville and Hawaii's Lanikai Beach in the voting.
color within forests of oak, maple, cherry, chestnut, birch, hickory, ash, and beech trees is breathtaking." The tapestry of colors of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and surrounding protected forests in Benzie County change to vivid fall colors on the roads that traverse the county.
Benzie County is known as the "best place in Michigan for outdoor sports and recreation." Benzie County Fall Festivals & Events October 1 & 2, 2011 Beulah and Benzonia October 8 & 9, 2011 Frankfort and Elberta Enjoy one or both events on back-to-back weekends in Benzie County to celebrate Michigan's spectacular fall color.
But a 42-year-old carnivore with a smokin' gun tried to tell sheriff's deputies in rural Benzie County, Mich., that he couldn't tell the difference.
The $13 million expansion is expected to begin operating and contributing to the economic prosperity of Benzie County under Michigan's Renaissance Zone program by September 2004 and will increase production capacity for Graceland's infused dried fruit ingredients and create the capability to produce new products.