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Bay City, MI

The water has always been integral to Bay City, Michigan. The city is located among forests and marshlands near the "thumb" of Michigan, where the Saginaw River empties into Lake Huron. The city began as a small trading post for trappers but quickly grew when lumberers arrived and mills were established along the Saginaw River. The ship-building industry thrived from the late-1800s through World War II, and signs of the city's maritime past can still be seen today.

Bay City has a population of 34,000 and is the county seat of Bay County. It is the largest municipality in the county and is a center of shopping, business, government and culture.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

The manufacturing, retail, and services sectors make up nearly three-quarters of all the industry in Bay City. The economy is supported by nationally known companies, such as General Motors, Dow Corning, S.C. Johnson and Dow Brands. Other major employers are Bay Medical Center, Delta College, Monitor Sugar Company and Saginaw Valley University.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

FOR VISITORS

From historic homes to the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse, history buffs will find plenty to see in Bay City. The city's historic cemeteries serve as final resting places for Civil War veterans, and annual events such as the River of Time Living History Encampment and October's Tour of Historic Homes celebrate Bay City's past.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Bay City's cultural traditions date back to the days when prominent members of the community would entertain guests in the ballrooms of their Center Avenue mansions. Today an appreciation for the arts lives on in the city's visual- and performing-arts venues.

FAMILY FUN

In Bay City, outdoor activities revolve around the water. Bird-watching is a popular activity in places such as Tobico Marsh, a habitat for more than 200 species of birds and waterfowl. Boaters cruise the waters of the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay every summer. Fishers angle to catch walleye and bass. Ice fishing is a hot activity in the winter months. The city is also home to numerous parks:


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