Saginaw, Michigan, the seat of Saginaw County. It is in east-central Michigan on the Saginaw River, about 90 miles (145 km) northwest of Detroit Saginaw is the trading and processing center for a large agricultural area and has diversified manufacturing. The production of automobile parts is the city's largest industry. Saginaw also produces metals, machinery, and food products The city has an art museum and a children's zoo. The Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House was a gift from Saginaw's sister city, Tokushima, Japan.
Saginaw began as a settlement around Fort Saginaw, built in 1822 on the site of a fur-trading post. The city was incorporated in 1857. East Saginaw, founded on the opposite side of the river in 1849, consolidated with Saginaw in 1889 During the last half of the 19th century Saginaw was one of the nation's leading lumbering centers.