Bay City, Michigan is located near the Saginaw Bay at the juncture of two major freeways, U.S. 10 and 1-75. The city is a
major recreation and entertainment center, approximately 120 miles north of Detroit. As the county seat and largest
municipality in Bay County, Bay City has been a center of commerce, industry, government, and culture.
We have a broad economic base supported by such well-known companies as General Motors Corporation/ Powertrain,
Dow Corning Corporation, S. C. Johnson Inc., and DowBrands. Local companies include Monitor Sugar Company (Big Chief Sugar®),
and Bay Medical Center. Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University, in addition to providing educational opportunities,
are also substantial employers in the community.
The city is experiencing a renaissance on the Saginaw River, but it is also a living museum with a vibrant history. The River
of Time and the Historical Society Cotillion allow visitors to step into history and experience it for themselves. The Bay
County Historical Museum has a wide range of exhibits and programs that dramatize local history through the glacier, Indian,
trapping, lumbering and shipbuilding eras.
The City has three historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, exhibiting some of the finest examples
of architecture in the state, including such styles as Second Empire, Italianate, Queen Anne, and Romanesque. The Center Avenue
Historic District alone has over 250 structures on the National Historic Register, many of which are mansions of former lumber
barons. The City Hall on Washington Avenue is rated as one of the top ten buildings in the state for historic restoration and
is listed in the National Archives of the Smithsonian Institute.