The Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad platted this area in 1879, presenting a block to the county. This land became the Clare County seat in November of that same year. Named for President William Henry Harrison, the city of Harrison was incorporated as a village in 1885 and officially became a city in 1891. Harrison was noted at the turn of the century for its thriving lumber mills. Prominent lumbermen in the vicinity included Frederick Miller, Ephraim B. Rought and the Wilson brothers, who built and operated several mills on the Budd Lake shoreline.