- Munising Township, Michigan
Munising Township, Michigan — Township — Coordinates: Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Alger Area – Total 217.7 sq mi (563.8 km2) – Land 202.6 sq mi (524.7 km2) – Water 15.1 sq mi (39.1 km2) Elevation 850 ft (259 m) Population (2000) – Total 3,125 – Density 15.4/sq mi (6.0/km2) Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5) – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4) ZIP code 49862 Area code(s) 906 FIPS code 26-56220 GNIS feature ID 1626781 Website http://www.munisingtownship.org
The City of Munising is at the northwest corner of the township, but is a municipality governed independently of the township. There are several historic locales and unincorporated communities in the township:
- Doty is a locale at the junction of the former Marquette and Eastern Railway (now the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad) and the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway (now the Soo Line Railroad) at . It was named after Marcus A. Doty, a manager for the Marquette & Eastern. The station is called Evelyn on the Soo Line.
- Gogarnville is a former post office in the township at  . It was established as the Munising post office on December 22, 1868 and renamed as Gogarnville on October 23, 1889, when the office moved to the Gogarn farm with German-born American Civil War veteran and first Munising Township supervisor Julius Gogarn as the postmaster. The office continued until July 15, 1893.
- Juniper is a place at  .
- Indian Town is a place at  .
- Melstrand is an unincorporated community at  about eleven miles (18 km) east of Munising on county road H-58. It was a sawmill village with a railway station and a post office that operated from July 11, 1917, until February 15, 1926. ,
- Myren is a place at  .
- Petrel was a former post office and station on the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway at , formed as a lumber settlement around the C. H. Worcester Company operations. A post office was established on September 2, 1903, although the first appointed postmaster, E. V. McGregor, declined the position. Marcel A. Nadeau was appointed on November 2, 1903. The office was discontinued on June 29, 1907.
- Reedsboro was a former post office and a station on the Detroit, Mackinac and Marquette Railroad in 1884 at . A post office operated from March 29, 1886, until February 16, 1887.
- Shingleton is an unincorporated community at M-28 and M-94. West of Shingleton, M-28 and M-94 run concurrently until about a mile south of Munising. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources operates the Cusino Wildlife Research Station & Field Office in Shingleton. Camp Cusino, a minimum security state prison, has a Shingleton address one mile (1.6 km) west of town. The ZIP Code is 49884. Shingleton was a station on the Detroit, Mackinac and Marquette Railroad named "Jeromeville" in 1882, after David H. Jerome, then the governor of Michigan (1881–1883). A post office was established in 1887 named Shingleton, after the local shingle mill. , about ten miles (16 km) southeast of Munising, at the eastern junction of
- Star is a place at  .
- Van Meer is a place at  .
- Wetmore is an unincorporated community at  about two miles (3 km) southeast of Munising, on M-28/M-94. The ZIP Code is 49895. Wetmore began as mostly Indian settlement called "Floeter", and had a post office with that name from 1883 to 1889 (with short interruptions). In October 1889, it was renamed "Munising" (the present city of Munising was known as "Old Munising" at the time). It was a station on the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway. William L. Wetmore arrived in about 1871 and built up a business making hardwood charcoal and a general store. The town and post office were renamed for him in 1895. ,
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 217.7 square miles (564 km2), of which, 202.6 square miles (525 km2) of it is land and 15.1 square miles (39 km2) of it (6.94%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,125 people, 828 households, and 669 families residing in the township. The population density was 15.4 per square mile (6.0/km²). There were 1,154 housing units at an average density of 5.7 per square mile (2.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 73.02% White, 18.98% African American, 4.29% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 2.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.54% of the population. 8.4% were of United States or American, 8.4% French, 8.0% German, 7.0% Finnish, 6.4% Polish, 6.2% Irish, 6.0% French Canadian and 5.8% English ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 828 households out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.0% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 14.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the township the population was spread out with 20.1% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 39.5% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 179.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 206.9 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $40,946, and the median income for a family was $45,114. Males had a median income of $38,649 versus $24,167 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,448. About 5.4% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.
- ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Munising Township, Michigan
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Doty, Michigan
- ^ a b c d e f g Romig, Walter (1986) . Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gogarnville Post Office (historical)
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Juniper, Michigan
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Indian Town, Michigan
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Melstrand, Michigan
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Melstrand Post Office (historical)
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Myren, Michigan
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Petrel Post Office (historical)
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Reedsboro Post Office (historical)
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Shingleton
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Star, Michigan
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Van Meer, Michigan
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wetmore, Michigan
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