Greenbush Township, Alcona County, Michigan
official_name = Greenbush Township, Michigan
settlement_type = Township
pushpin_label_position = left
pushpin_map_caption = Location within the state of Michigan
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 67.7
area_land_km2 = 64.5
area_water_km2 = 3.2
area_total_sq_mi = 26.1
area_land_sq_mi = 24.9
area_water_sq_mi = 1.2
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 1499
population_density_km2 = 23.2
population_density_sq_mi = 60.2
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 194
elevation_ft = 636
latd = 44 |latm = 33 |lats = 18 |latNS = N
longd = 83 |longm = 20 |longs = 5 |longEW = W
coordinates_type = region:US-MI_type:adm2nd_source:GNIS
postal_code = 48738 (Greenbush),
area_code = 989
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 26-34820GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 1626394 [gnis|1626394]
Greenbush Township is a
civil townshipof Alcona County in the U.S. stateof Michigan. The population was 1,499 at the 2000 census.
* Greenbush is an
unincorporated communityon US 23 a few miles south of Harrisville on the shores of Lake Huronat coord|44|35|16|N|83|18|59|W|region:US-MI_type:city_scale:30000_source:GNIS|name=Greenbush, Michigan. [gnis|627340|Greenbush, Michigan] In 1847-48, Crosier Davison, of Detroit, built a fishery and cooperage at what was then known as the Sliding Banks of the Au Sable. [cite book |last=Powers |first=Perry Francis |title=A history of northern Michigan and its people |origyear=1912 |url=http://name.umdl.umich.edu/bac9250.0001.001 |accessdate=2008-10-05 |year=2005 |publisher=University of Michigan Library |location=Ann Arbor, Mich. |pages=p. 501 |chapter=Alcona County |chapterurl=http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=micounty;cc=micounty;rgn=full%20text;idno=BAC9250.0001.001;didno=BAC9250.0001.001;view=image;seq=00000539 ] In 1862, Morris & McDougal, of New York State, bought government pine timber land and set up lumber operations. The area became known as "McDougal's Landing". Later, William Conklin built a sawmill here, and in about 1867, at the suggestion of an employee from Greenbush, New York, the name was changed. A post office named "Greenbush" opened on May 16, 1870, with James Burton as postmaster. The name of the office was changed to "Perfection" on June 6, 1917, and changed back to Greenbush on January 8, 1921.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|2498743|Greenbush Post Office] The Greenbush ZIP code 48738 serves the eastern portion of Greenbush Township, as well as a narrow band between US 23 and Lake Huron in southern Harrisville Township. [ [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/MapItDrawServlet?geo_id=86000US48738&_bucket_id=50&tree_id=420&context=AdvSearch&_lang=en 48738 5-Digit ZCTA, 487 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder] , U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census]
* Mikado is to the west, and the Mikado ZIP code 48745 serves the western portion of Greenbush Township. [ [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/MapItDrawServlet?geo_id=86000US48745&_bucket_id=50&tree_id=420&context=AdvSearch&_lang=en 48745 5-Digit ZCTA, 487 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder] , U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census]
* Oscoda is to the south, and the Oscoda ZIP code 48750 also serves areas in southern Greenbush Township. [ [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/MapItDrawServlet?geo_id=86000US48750&_bucket_id=50&tree_id=420&context=AdvSearch&_lang=en 48750 5-Digit ZCTA, 487 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder] , U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census]
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 26.1 square miles (67.7 km²), of which, 24.9 square miles (64.5 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it (4.67%) is water.
Greenbush 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 330 miles 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 Greenbush Township (North from Oscoda, including 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 1,499 people, 685 households, and 474 families residing in the township. The population densitywas 60.2 per square mile (23.2/km²). There were 1,453 housing units at an average density of 58.3/sq mi (22.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.00% White, 0.40% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.
There were 685 households out of which 17.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.60.
In the township the population was spread out with 17.5% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 19.5% from 25 to 44, 32.8% from 45 to 64, and 26.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 104.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $32,823, and the median income for a family was $35,789. Males had a median income of $29,625 versus $20,385 for females. The
per capita incomefor the township was $18,248. About 8.7% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
Greenbush Township elected officials
* Edward Roddy, Supervisor (989) 739-2159
* Art Winter, Clerk (989) 724-6771Meetings - First Tuesday Greenbush Township Hall 3029 Campbell Rd.
*The Greenbush School is a one room school and an official registered Michigan historic site, having served the community from 1870 until 1947. [ [http://www.michmarkers.com/Frameset.htm Michigan Historical Markers.] ]
*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] ]
* [http://www.alconareview.com/ Alcona County Review]
* [http://www.clarke.cmich.edu/localhistory/Alcona.htm Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography on Alcona County]
* [http://www.theenchantedforest.com/AlconaHistoricalSociety/ Alcona County Historical Society]
* [http://www.us23coastalhighway.com/ Sunrise side travel and information]
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