In 1840, Wexford County was originally named Kautawabet, an Indian word meaning "broken tooth.” Chief Broken Tooth was a Potawatami leader. In 1843, Michigan legislators renamed the county Wexford, after a southern county of Ireland. In 1872, with the G.R. & I. Railroad reaching this northern settlement, George A. Mitchell founded and was also elected the first mayor of Cadillac, originally known as Clam Lake.
The lakes, canal, rivers and nature areas that abound in the region combine to make Cadillac your ultimate recreation destination for a Michigan getaway.
Annual Event (14 years now) Cadillac Garden Club puts on a Holiday Home Tour, first Saturday of December, 10-3:00. Tour four area homes decorated in holiday finery. Great way to kick off the Christmas Season.