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Muskegon (city, United States)

Muskegon (məskē´gən), city (1990 pop. 40,283), seat of Muskegon co., W Mich., on Lake Michigan; inc. as a city 1869. A port of entry, the city is a car-ferry terminus and a shipping point for a farm, fruit, and industrial region. Among its many manufactures are automobile parts and engines, foundry products, chemicals, paper products, sports equipment, ink pigments, gasoline pumps, and heavy machinery. A fur-trading post was established there c.1810. The first sawmill was built in 1837, and the lumber industry thrived until 1890, when the city was swept by fire.

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Muskegon (river, United States)

Muskegon, river, 227 mi (365 km) long, rising in Houghton Lake, N central Mich., and flowing SW to Lake Michigan at Muskegon. At its mouth the river widens into Muskegon Lake, forming a harbor c.2.5 mi (4 km) wide and c.5.5 mi (8.9 km) long.

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