Mecosta

The Mecosta County area was set off in 1840 but was administered by Kent County until 1857.  Its county government was organized in 1859.   It was named after Chief Mecosta, the leader of the Potawatomi tribe, and one of the signers of the 1836 Treaty of Washington.  It was initially part of a lumber boom because of its waterways.

The county seat is Big Rapids. Contiguous counties are Newaygo, Montcalm, Isabella and Osceola.

Selected general works

Portrait and biographical album, Mecosta County, Mich: containing portraits and biographical sketches of...citizens...[and] a complete history of the county, from its earliest settlement to the present time. 1883
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F572.M4 P6 1883 and MICROFILM 2S F566.C67 1973 R.57 NO.178

Brigham, Elden L and Laura Brigham Jagger
Emerald: history of a pioneer community, 1972.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F574.E45 B7

Big Rapids, Michigan: the water power city.  1906
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F574.B48 B5 1906

Selected newspapers

Big Rapids
Big Rapids Pioneer.  April 27, 1882-Dec 31, 1914; 1924-1964 [run incomplete]
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Big Rapids
Pioneer. 1964-
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Remus Record
Remus Record. 1941-44; 1949-64.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Barryton.
Courier; Chippewa Hills Courier; Chippewa Courier Shopper. 1979080; 1937-79; 1969-72.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Selected plats, maps, and atlases

Rockford Map Publishers.
Atlas & plat book, Mecosta County, Michigan [title varies] 1956, 1961, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1978,
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N G1413.M4 R63

W.W. Hixson & Co.
Plat book of Mecosta County, Michigan. 1930?
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N G1413.M4 H5 1930

Myers, P.A.
Plat book of Mecosta County, Michigan: drawn from actual surveys and the county records. 1900 
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S F566.C67 1973 r.57 no.77

Automobile Club of Michigan.
Map of Big Rapids Michigan. 1958?.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN MICHIGAN FLAT FILE 2N Undersize G4114.B58 1958 .A9

Selected records, indexes, and transcriptions

DAR, Mecosta Chapter, Big Rapids.
Eight cemeteries in Mecosta County, Michigan,  1973 vol.1.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F572.M4 D38 1973 v.1

Corwin, Nancy
Land owners, 1900, Mecosta County, Michigan, 1996
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F572.M4 C67 1996

Freer, Bernice Johnson and Mildred Dean Blett
Michigan, Mecosta County, Sheridan Township birth & death records, 1867-1930, 1976?
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S F574.S32 02 1979A

Sawyer, Evelyn M.
Residents of the following towns and villages from the 1884 Mecosta County directory, 1996
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F572.M4 S39 1996

Selected government publications

Economic profile. Mecosta. [title varies] 1975, 1977, 1986, 1988-90, 1992-93, 1996.
LIB OF MICH MICH DOC 2S HC107.m5 A1 Mecosta

Soil survey of Mecosta County, Michigan. 1984
LIB OF MICH US DOC REFERENCE 2N A 57.38:M 46/7 and MICHIGAN 2N S 599.M4 C68 1984

Updated 11/29/2018