Old Historical City, County and State Maps of Michigan

Our collection of old historical maps of Michigan span over 250 years of growth. View Michigan Maps such as historical county boundaries changes, old vintage maps, as well as road / highway maps for all 83 counties in Michigan.

Maps of Michigan

The first map of Michigan that listed landownership was the John Farmer 1855 Wayne County plat map.  However, many more land ownership maps were published in 1876 for Michigan’s centennial. The Burton Historical Collection and the Library of Michigan each have large Michigan map collections on hand. Most historical maps of Minnesota were published in atlases.

A 14-volume set called “Checklist of Printed Maps of the Middle West to 1900” (Chicago: The Newberry Library, n.d.) is an excellent resource for information on plat books and maps in Michigan, as well as 10 other states.  The 1868 Lansing Sanborn map is the earliest Michigan Sanborn map.

In 1618, the first European, a Frenchmen named Étienne Brulé, came to what is now Michigan. At that time, there were several Native American tribes in the area. Soon, Sieur de la SalleJacques Marquette Louis Joliet and other French explorers came to Michigan as well. Sault Ste. Marie became home to the first permanent settlement in the area in 1668.

Map of Michigan with the counties and the county seatsThere was a strong French presence in the region until 1763, when Great Britain took control of the area after the French and Indian Wars ended. Although the United States acquired most of what is now Michigan after the Revolutionary War, conflicts continued between the U.S. and Great Britain, as well as various Indian tribes. Those conflicts didn’t begin to wind down until after the War of 1812 ended.

The Michigan Territory was created on January 11, 1805. The State of Minnesota was created as the 26th state on January 26, 1837. States bordering Michigan are WisconsinOhioIndiana and Minnesota.

The 10 largest cities in Michigan are Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Flint, Dearborn, Livonia and Clinton Township.

Map of Michigan County Formations 1790-1897

This Interactive Michigan County Maps show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from 1790 to 1897. Michigan contains 83 counties.

In 1815, Wayne County was the the first Michigan county was formed.  The last county to be formed was Dickinson County in 1891.

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Michigan County Map Formation by Year

Michigan County Map Abbreviations

  1. unorg. = unorganized
  2. g. = gained
  3. w. = with
  4. fr. = from
  5. atmt. = attachment
  6. exch = exchanged
  7. nca.= non county area
  8. ch. = changed
  9. Al   – Alger
  10. Alc – Alcona
  11. All – Allegan
  12. Alp – Alpena
  13. Ant – Antrim
  14. Ar   – Arenac
  15. Bay – Bay
  16. Ben – Benzie
  17. Ber – Berrien
  18. Bga – Baraga
  19. Bra – Branch
  20. Bry – Barry
  21. Cal – Calhoun
  22. Cas – Cass
  23. Cbg – Cheboygan
  24. Cha – Charlevoix
  25. Chi – Chippewa
  26. Cla – Clare
  27. Cli – Clinton
  28. Cr   – Crawford
  29. De   – Delta
  30. Di   – Dickinson
  1. Ea   – Eaton
  2. Em   – Emmet
  3. Ge   – Genesee
  4. Gl   – Gladwin
  5. Go   – Gogebic
  6. Gr   – Gratiot
  7. GT   – Grand Traverse
  8. Hi   – Hillsdale
  9. Ho   – Houghton
  10. Hu   – Huron
  11. In   – Ingham
  12. Ion – Ionia
  13. Ios – Iosco
  14. Ir   – Iron
  15. Is   – Isabella
  16. Ja   – Jackson
  17. Ken – Kent
  18. Kew – Keweenaw
  19. Kka – Kalkaska
  20. Kzo – Kalamazoo
  21. Lak – Lake
  22. Lap – Lapeer
  23. Lee – Leelenau
  24. Len – Lenawee
  25. Li   – Livingston
  26. Lu   – Luce
  27. Mar – Marquette
  28. Mas – Mason
  29. Mcb – Macomb
  30. Mcm – Montcalm
  1. Mcy – Montmorency
  2. Mec – Mecosta
  3. Men – Menominee
  4. Mid – Midland
  5. MIs – Missaukee
  6. Mnc – Mackinac
  7. Mro – Monroe
  8. Mte – Manistee
  9. Mu   – Muskegon
  10. New – Newaygo
  11. Oa   – Oakland
  12. Oc   – Oceana
  13. Og   – Ogemaw
  14. Ola – Osceola
  15. On   – Ontonagon
  16. Osd – Oscoda
  17. Ots – Otsego
  18. Ott – Ottawa
  19. PI   – Presque Isle
  20. Ros – Roscommon
  21. Sag – Saginaw
  22. San – Sanilac
  23. Sc   – Schoolcraft
  24. SC   – St. Clair
  25. Shi – Shiawassee
  26. SJ   – St. Joseph
  27. Tu   – Tuscola
  28. VB   – Van Buren
  29. Was – Washtenaw
  30. Way – Wayne
  31. We   – Wexford

Michigan County Map of Road and Highway’s

The Michigan D.O.T. Highway Department has prepared a series of 2015 county road maps. These maps contain more detailed information about man-made features than the geological survey maps. In addition to roads and boundaries, these maps include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries. These maps are downloadable and are in PDF format. The main use of these are the locations of all known cemeteries in a county and of course the various roads and church locations. These Maps are Free to Download

Old Historical Atlas Maps of Michigan

This Historical Michigan Map Collection are from original copies so you can see Michigan as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago.

Some Michigan map years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the Minnesota researcher.

External Michigan Map Links

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