Alcona Township, Michigan
official_name = Alcona Township, Michigan
settlement_type = Township
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of Michigan
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 172.0
area_land_km2 = 149.3
area_water_km2 = 22.7
area_total_sq_mi = 66.4
area_land_sq_mi = 57.6
area_water_sq_mi = 8.8
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 1089
population_density_km2 = 7.3
population_density_sq_mi = 18.9
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 243
elevation_ft = 797
latd = 44 |latm = 47 |lats = 4 |latNS = N
longd = 83 |longm = 26 |longs = 35 |longEW = W
Alcona Township is a
civil townshipof Alcona County in the U.S. stateof Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 1,089.
* Black River is an
unincorporated communityin the township, about convert|25|mi|km south of Alpena on Lake Huronat the mouth of the Black River. It is just south of the Negwegon State Parkat coord|44|49|02|N|83|18|12|W|region:US-MI_type:city_scale:30000_source:GNIS|name=Black River, Michigan with an elevationof convert|590|ft|m above sea level. [gnis|1619238|Black River, Michigan] The Black River ZIP code48721 serves the eastern portion of Alcona Township as well as the northeast corner of Haynes Township. [ [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/MapItDrawServlet?geo_id=86000US48721&_bucket_id=50&tree_id=420&context=AdvSearch&_lang=en 48721 5-Digit ZCTA, 487 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder] , U.S. Census Bureau] Black River has an excellent park and boat launch, which give access to fishing, including perch, salmon and trout. The settlement began as a fishing station, first occupied by William Cullings in 1849, and settled by French trappers and fishermen. From 1876 to 1880, it was the seat of lumber operations for Alger, Smith & Company, then the largest pine timber producers in the world. A post office was established on February 9, 1877, with Edgar O. Cheney as postmaster. The spelling was changed to "Blackriver" on May 16, 1894, and back to "Black River" in 1958.cite book | last = Romig | first = Walter | authorlink=Walter Romig | year = 1986 | title = Michigan Place Names | origyear= 1973 | publisher = Wayne State University Press | location = Detroit, Michigan | id = ISBN 0-8143-1838-X] [gnis|2498761|Black River Post Office]
* Hubbard Lake is the name of a statistical area applied by the
U.S. Census Bureauto the populated area surrounding the Hubbard Lake body of water and includes portions of three townships. In Alcona Township, the CDP includes the unincorporated communityof Larson Beach on the eastern shore of Hubbard Lake.
* Lost Lake Woods is an
unincorporated communityin the township defined as a census-designated place.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 66.4 square miles (172.0 km²), of which, 57.6 square miles (149.3 km²) of it is land and 8.8 square miles (22.7 km²) of it (13.21%) is water. Negwegon State Parkis within the township and the southwest corner of the township is in the Huron National Forest.
Alcona Township is part of the eastern edge of
Huron National Forest, which offers an outdoor recreational opportunities such as hunting, swimming, cross-country skiing and trout fishing. The forest contains convert|330|mi|km of hiking trails. The Huron and Manistee National Forests were separately designated, but were combined in 1945 for administrative purposes.
The Lake Huron beaches in and around Alcona Township (including two state parks) have been recognized as being among the "top ten in Michigan." "Old-fashioned lake vacations abound on this pretty stretch of Lake Huron." [ "Detroit Free Press", May 26, 2007 ]
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,089 people, 524 households, and 361 families residing in the township. The population densitywas 18.9 per square mile (7.3/km²). There were 1,313 housing units at an average density of 22.8/sq mi (8.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.89% White, 0.83% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population. 20.1% were of German, 15.1% English, 10.9% French, 10.8% Polish, 7.3% Irish and 6.9% French Canadianancestry.
There were 524 households out of which 14.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 2.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.50.
In the township the population was spread out with 14.4% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 16.5% from 25 to 44, 30.9% from 45 to 64, and 34.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females there were 105.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.5 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $34,125, and the median income for a family was $39,934. Males had a median income of $33,250 versus $21,364 for females. The
per capita incomefor the township was $20,160. About 4.3% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.
In Black River, Michigan,
lumber baron Russell Alexander Algerhad a home while tending to his lumbering operations. He threafter was a Michigan Governor, U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of War during the William McKinleyPresidential administration.
The "Alcona County Review", located in Harrisville, is the newspaper of record, and has served the community since 1877. [ [http://www.alconareview.com/ Alcona County Review] ]
Alcona Township elected officials
* Roger Carlin, Township Suprevisor (989) 471-5606
* Dawn LaLonde, Clerk (989) 471-2948Meetings - Second Tuesday Alcona Township Hall 5576 N US 23
* [http://www.alconareview.com/ Alcona County Review]
* [http://www.theenchantedforest.com/AlconaHistoricalSociety/ Alcona County Historical Society]
* [http://clarke.cmich.edu/localhistory/Alcona.htm Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography for Alcona County]
* [http://www.us23coastalhighway.com/ Sunrise side travel and information]
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