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Perhaps the best remembered of the Indian inhabitants of this area was Ottawa Indian Chief, Pendalouan.A leading participant in the French inspired annihilation of the Fox Indians of Illinois in the 1730’s, he and his people lived in the vicinity of Muskegon during the 1730’s and 1740’s until induced by the French to move their settlement to the Traverse Bay area in 1742.The City of Muskegon, with our commitment to meeting community needs through thoughtful planning and vision continues to improve the quality of life for those who live and work here.
Today, Muskegon is a progressive city and has shown we can appreciate our history and its significance while continuing our forward growth and movement in creating a new identity for ourselves.
The Muskegon Housing Commission is revitalizing neighborhoods with an award winning, first time homeowner program for new construction.
The City of Muskegon is also improving its downtown area and placing renewed emphasis on our waterfront.
The Paleo-Indians were succeeded by several stages of woodland Indian development, the most notable of whom were the Hopewellian type cultures that occupied this area perhaps two thousand years ago.
During historic times, the Muskegon area was inhabited by various bands of the Ottawa and Pottawatomi tribes.