Bay City (Michigan)

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Bay City
Bay City (Michigan)
Bay City
Bay City
Location in Michigan
Basic data
Foundation : 1837 (1865 inc.)
State : United States
State : Michigan
County : Bay County
Coordinates : 43 ° 36 ′  N , 83 ° 53 ′  W Coordinates: 43 ° 36 ′  N , 83 ° 53 ′  W
Time zone : Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )
Inhabitants :
Metropolitan Area :
33,511 (as of 2016)
104,747 (as of 2016)
Population density : 1,241.1 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 29.3 km 2  (approx. 11 mi 2 ) of
which 27.0 km 2  (approx. 10 mi 2 ) are land
Height : 178 m
Postcodes : 48706-48710
Area code : +1 989
FIPS : 26-06020
GNIS ID : 0620777
Website :
Mayor : Kathleen L. Newsham

Bay City is a city in the US state of Michigan and is 190 km north of Detroit on Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron . Bay City is the county seat of Bay County .


The city has an area of ​​29.3 km², of which 27.0 km² are land and 2.4 km² are water. The Saginaw River flows through the urban area .


At the beginning of the 19th century there was a small town called Lower Saginaw in the area of ​​what is now Bay City (today's Saginaw was then called Upper Saginaw). Even the French legal scholar and historian Alexis de Tocqueville visited this village on his travels in the 1830s. Originally there were several small towns and villages on both sides of the Saginaw River, including Bay City, West Bay City and Salzburg. In 1905, West Bay City and Bay City were united to form Bay City. For the 100th anniversary in April 2005, representatives of the US House of Representatives , the state government of Michigan and local figures attended. In the late 19th century, Bay City was a very important city in the logging industry, as Michigan had a lot of forests at the time, especially white pine ( Pinus strobus ). These were processed in several sawmills into timber for " balloon houses " and ships. In 1864, Bay City's Sage-McGraw sawmill was the largest in the world. Bay City was also famous for its shipyards. With the destruction of the forests, not only the sawmills slowly disappeared, but also shipbuilding, with the exception of one company ( Defoe Boat & Motor Co. ), which also closed in 1972. But in 1969 two brothers founded the company Gougeon Brothers , which by 1973 sold more ice sailboats than any other company in the United States.


Industrial brownhoist crane from Bay City

Bay City used to be an important industrial city. Until 1983 had rail crane manufacturers Industrial Brownhoist based here. Today GM Powertrain (861 employees), Dow Corning and SC Johnson & Son are located in Bay City.


Schools and universities

Public High Schools

Local Universities (Community Colleges)


Bay City has a very large number of churches from many Christian communities (Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, Free Churches, Catholic Churches) and a Jewish Community Center.



Locally, it is alleged that the real woodcutter, after whom the fictional Paul Bunyan was painted, worked in and around Bay City.

The Bay City Players is the oldest continuously existing community theater group in Michigan.

The Marching Band (marching band) of Bay City Central High School is the oldest continuously existing Marching Band in Michigan.

The name of the band Bay City Rollers is said to have originated from the random throw of a dart on a map of the USA, which pointed to the city of Bay City.

In the television series Listen, who hammers there with the American comedian Tim Allen in the lead role, some construction workers from the fictional construction company "K&B Constructions" are regularly invited as guests on the program "Tool Time" to give their expert opinion on various construction-related topics submit. It is always emphasized that this company is based in Bay City, Michigan.

Twin cities


  • Baumheier, Edward. History of Bay County, Michigan. Bay City, MI: E. Baumheier, 1896.

Individual evidence

  1. Mayor / City Commission ( Memento of the original from June 20, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Defoe Boat and Motor Works (1905-1972)
  3. Industrial Works (1873-1983) aka: Industrial Brownhoist
  4. ^ Bay City Powertrain
  5. Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2015 ( Memento of the original from January 1, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , P. 166  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

Web links

Commons : Bay City  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files