Michael Sloat Hartwick was Grayling's first settler. On the west side of the railroad tracks, he built a log hotel. The railroad platted out 40 acres (where Grayling now stands), naming it "Crawford." Fish swimming in the river were identified as Grayling. It is said that the residents preferred the name "Grayling" to "Crawford," and renamed the city after the fish. —Brought to you by Wikipedia and Jason R. Thompson Law Office PLC.
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