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Tuscola County, Michigan
Tuscola County History, Geography, Demographics, Cities and Towns, and Education
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Tuscola County was a name created by Henry Schoolcraft. Once called 'Tusci' by Native People, "Les Pays Plat' by the French, and Flat Country by the English, the name seems to mean plateau. Chief Otusson's reservation was partly in Tuscola County. His name meant bench. Caro, the county seat, was called by Native People "High Banks".
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The name Tuscola was a Neologism created by Henry Schoolcraft. One scholar believes it to be a combination of "dusinagon" (level) and "cola" (lands). "Dusinagon", actually, means plate. The Thumb of Michigan was once called by the French "Les Pays Plat", which was continued by the English in the name Flat Country. Native People called Tuscola, and perhaps the Thumb of Michigan, "Tusci", which likely comes from "Tes-aki", which likely means "bench-land" or a plateau. Tes-aki, then, has the same meaning as Les Pays Plat. Interestingly, during the Saginaw Treaty of 1819, the major chief of Tuscola was Chief Otusson, whose name was said to mean "bench in a lodge" or platform. Caro, Michigan, the county seat was called by Native People "High Banks"
Set Off: 1840
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