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Leelanau County

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Things to do: historic sites, wineries, scenic drive
Leelanau County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,708. The county seat was until recently the unincorporated community of Leland. On August 3, 2004, county voters approved a proposal to move the county seat to Suttons Bay Township, closer to the county's geographic center. In 2008, the county offices completed their move to a new government center built on 45 acres of county-owned land, one mile east of the unincorporated village of Lake Leelanau, where a new county law enforcement center was completed.Leelanau County is included in the Traverse City, MI Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in Northern Michigan.In 2011, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located in the county, won the title of "Most Beautiful Place in America" in a poll by morning news show Good Morning America.HistoryThe county was set off in 1840, and organized in 1863.The county's name is said to be a Native American word meaning "delight of life", but it is a neologism made up by Indian agent and ethnographer Henry Schoolcraft, who sometimes gave the name "Leelinau" to Native American women in his tales. He created many faux Indian place names in Michigan, from syllables from Ojibwe, Latin and Arabic. This source contends that the Ojibwas did not use the letter "L". See, List of Michigan county name etymologies.
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