When one thinks of Mid-Michigan, a few cities will inevitably come to mind. One of those should definitely be Saginaw. It is one of the triangular points of the Tri-Cities area, the others being Bay City and Midland. Of these, Saginaw is the largest of the three. It is also the largest city in the county of Saginaw, and the county seat.
Long before the European settlers came, it was inhabited first primarily by the Sauk tribe, who were later displaced by the Ojibwe. This vicinity was a highly coveted territory due to its river systems, of which the Saginaw River is the center. The river system provided food, and made travel from one place to another much easier. Tribal councils of several tribes would also meet here for trade.
Saginaw first attracted the attention of the European immigrants in the 17th century, when French missionaries discovered the location. But it was not until 1816 when they established a permanent settlement here, when Louis Campau set up a fur trading post. Three years later, the United States government became involved and wrote the Treaty of Saginaw, where the Ojibwe ceded six million acres, including the area where the city now resides. A few years later, Fort Saginaw was built. In subsequent decades, the economy of the area shifted from fur trading to becoming part of the Michigan lumber boom, driven by the westward expansion. In 1857, Saginaw received its official charter, and has been a staple city of the economy of Mid-Michigan ever since. Premier Green Lawns, in turn, aims to become a staple business in the area by serving residents the best lawn care services there is to offer
Saginaw’s 18.1 square miles, 17.3 of which is land, is currently occupied by 51,508 people as of the 2010 census. Though by most standards, it is a medium sized city, it has a population density comparable to cities much larger than itself, at almost 3,000 people per square mile. Its metro area is populated by 196,542
Having come a long way from the Pere Marquette Railway, residents of Saginaw can use Freeland’s MBS International Airport, or Bishop International Airport in nearby Flint. For automobile transport, it has nine highways that run through its borders, the largest of which is the Michigan to Florida running I-75. The city also has a mass bus transit service, called Saginaw STARS, which serves Saginaw and the surrounding metropolitan communities.
Saginaw has a higher per-capita number of manufacturing jobs compared to many other cities in the United States. Their main industries are energy and various product manufacturing. The city is heavily into the development of photovoltaics; or the conversion of light into electricity by using semiconductors. It is a mid-sized city, which contains large corporate owned entities, as well as locally owned enterprises similar to Premier Green Lawns.
The city uses the council-manager form of government, and has a designation as a home rule city by the state of Michigan. Among its powers are the authority to adopt their own city charter to be their fundamental law, in a state granted form of decentralization. This power is not indefinitely guaranteed; should the Home Rule City Act ever be repealed, they would lose that authority. Council members serve four year terms, which are staggered; half of the council seats are up for election in odd-numbered years.
Saginaw has its own independent public school district. There are nine elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, along with a vocational and technical school, and an arts and sciences academy. The city is also home to several private and charter schools, including the private high school Michigan Lutheran Seminary. Saginaw Valley State University and Delta College are not within the city limits, however, many students from Saginaw opt to go to the nearby locales for their higher education.
This mid-sized city has a rich entertainment hub. One of the main centers of attraction is the Dow Event Center, which consists of several sections, including an arena that hosts concerts, basketball, hockey, and indoor football games, with a capacity of 5,201-7,647, depending on the event. The Saginaw Spirit of the OHL and the Sting of the AIF leagues play their home games here.
The Temple Theatre is a significantly older facility, constructed in 1927, and subsequently renovated and reopened in 2002 after a period of closure. It hosts big screen films, concerts, and comedy acts.
The Castle Museum of Saginaw County History was built to look just like its name. It resembles a French castle from the period of the 17th-18th centuries, paying homage to the influence they had in building the community that led to the city that exists today. It has over 100,000 exhibited artifacts. Another major art facility is the Saginaw Art Museum, which also holds visiting exhibitions in addition to the art that remains in-house.
Not all of their museums are art-based. The Theodore Roethke Home Museum is geared not towards physical craft, but literature.
The city’s over 18 square miles of area, of course, is home to many parks and recreational facilities, many of which contain sports fields, playground equipment, picnic areas, and beautiful natural scenery, the type that Premier Green Lawns can give you on a smaller scale at your home. The most well-known of the parks is Bliss Park, which was named after its donors, Aaron Bliss and wife Allaseba, who was the governor of Michigan from 1900-1904.
Saginaw is the home of the CBS affiliate media outlet of the Tri-Cities area, which is the 66th largest market in the United States in terms of television.
Dating back to even before the 17th century, Saginaw was a highly sought after area for its natural resources. Premier Green Lawns aims to help keep it a desirable place to visit and live, by greening the lawns of each and every customer who gives us the honor of their trust in doing so. We hope to help make Saginaw a bustling area for years to come