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Crawford avalanche. : (Grayling, Mich.) 1879-19??
Alternative Titles:
  • Avalanche
  • Crawford weekly avalanche
Place of publication:
Grayling, Mich.
Geographic coverage:
  • Grayling, Crawford, Michigan  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Brown & Maurer
Dates of publication:
  • Began in 1879.
  • English
  • Crawford County (Mich.)--Newspapers.
  • Grayling (Mich.)--Newspapers.
  • Michigan--Crawford County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01216499
  • Michigan--Grayling.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01216501
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Continued by: Crawford County avalanche?
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 3 (May 14, 1879).
  • Publishers: Maurer & Masters, <May 28-October 15, 1879>; O. Palmer, <January 4-May 3, 1900>.
sn 96076998
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Crawford Avalanche

The Crawford Avalanche was first published in May 1879 in Grayling, Michigan. The city was the seat of Crawford County, which also was organized in 1879. George Maurer, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, managed the paper, while Dr. Simeon C. Brown, of Salt River served as editor. The Crawford Avalanche, then and now, was a weekly publication. In the first issue, the paper proclaimed itself to be affiliated with the state's dominant Republican Party and declared its interest in "developing the new section," by which it meant bringing economic development to Crawford County. Since 1968, the paper has been owned by Richard Milliman and family.

Situated in rural northern Michigan. Crawford County is experienced its greatest economic growth in the 19th century, when lumbering operations clear cut most of its extensive forests. After the close of the lumbering era, principal economic activities revolved around tourism and, beginning in the 20th century, the armed forces.

Crawford County was recognized in the 1870s as an important destination for recreational fishing. The Michigan grayling, found in the Au Sable River, first attracted the attention of anglers. Appropriately, the Avalanche's first edition featured a front-page story about fishing. Over the next 30 years, the grayling eventually succumbed to a combination of overfishing, environmental degradation, and the impact of human-introduced species. Today, the Au Sable River is home to large populations of rainbow and brown trout and remains one of Michigan's and the nation's premiere trout fishing areas.

Adjacent to and overlapping this recreational land use, the Michigan National Guard operates a 147,000-acre facility, Camp Grayling, which was founded in 1913. Camp Grayling is the largest National Guard training facility in the nation, as well as the largest military training facility east of the Mississippi River. Over the years, the county has grappled with the competing needs of military and recreational land use and with managing the long-term environmental consequences of the presence of such an extensive military training facility.

Provided by: Central Michigan University, Clark Historical Library