HISTORY OF CASS COUNTY
Cass County is a unique blend of agricultural and lake communities. One real estate company lists 122 lakes ranging in size from 9 acres to 1,020 acres. Because of our proximity to South Bend, Mishawaka, and Elkhart Indiana, our towns and villages are considered bedroom communities and part of what is geographically referred to as “Michiana.”
Historically, Cass is the name of 9 counties in the United States; eight of which are named for Michigan Governor, Senator, and Presidential Candidate, Lewis Cass, who was appointed Secretary of State by President James Buchanan on March 6, 1857, and assumed office the same day. He served until December 14, 1860. Lewis Cass had a long and interesting history that eventually tied him to Cass County, Michigan. More on Lewis Cass.
Historical information on this website is not meant to be a comprehensive overview of the history of Cass County, Michigan. For those looking for detailed information about our diverse cultural and historical past, please visit the Local History Branch of the Cass District Library. The history branch is currently undergoing a major renovation, but the main branch may be able to help you find the information you are seeking.