LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday welcomed the Monroe County Bicentennial Alliance to the Capitol to celebrate the upcoming bicentennial of Monroe County.
“I am proud to host the Monroe County Bicentennial Alliance as we recognize a special milestone in the rich history of Monroe County,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “July 14 of this year marks the 200th anniversary of Monroe County and this summer will be full of celebrations and activities across our county.”
The alliance is composed of residents and organizations from across the county who are giving freely and generously of their time to facilitate a year-long celebration of the milestone.
Zorn presented the group with a copy of Senate Resolution 60, which was adopted by the Senate in recognition of the county’s bicentennial.
“Monroe County is rich in history, dating back to the early French settlers and to the War of 1812,” Zorn said. “We are proud to call Monroe County home and honor those who helped make it such a great place to visit or live. Monroe County is the Walleye Capital of the World, is home to more golf courses per capita than anywhere in the nation, and has a rich agriculture heritage where visitors can find the most centennial farms in Michigan.”
SR 60 says that the county of Monroe is Michigan’s second oldest county — created on July 14, 1817 in honor of President James Monroe, the nation’s fifth president. The resolution also states that the county was the first Michigan county to be divided into townships and gives details about each of the 14 townships and the city of Monroe.
“The county of Monroe is endowed with wonderful historical and natural resources, home to innovative industries, and populated with a dedicated citizenry,” Zorn said. “I encourage everyone to come to Monroe County this summer to participate in the celebration and see everything that the county has to offer — from enjoying some of the world’s best fishing to visiting the River Raisin National Battlefield Park, which is the only national park dedicated to telling the story of the War of 1812.”
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