Burnside Township, Michigan

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Burnside Township is a civil township of Lapeer County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,920 at the 2000 census.



  • Burnside is an unincorporated community in the township near the junction of M-90 and M-53 at 43°12′38″N 83°04′38″W / 43.21056°N 83.07722°W / 43.21056; -83.07722 (Burnside)[3] The first white settlers were William Brown in 1854 and Franklin Keeler in 1855. Allison Township was organized in 1855 and a post office named Allison was established on August 25, 1857, with Simeon P. Gates as the first postmaster. In 1866, the township and post office were renamed to honor American Civil War Union General Ambrose Burnside. The post office closed on October 30, 1913.[4]
  • The city of Brown City is to the east in Sanilac County, and the Brown City post office, with ZIP code 48416, also serves most of Burnside Township.[5]
  • The city of Marlette is to the north in Sanilac County, and the Marlette post office, with ZIP code 48453, also serves a portion of northern Burnside Township.* The village of Brown City is to the east in Sanilac County, and the Brown City post office, with ZIP code 48416, also serves most of Burnside Township.[6]
  • The village of North Branch is to the west in North Branch Township, and the North Branch post office, with ZIP code 48461, also serves portions of western Burnside Township.[7]
  • The city of Imlay City is to the south, and the Imlay City post office, with ZIP code 48444, also serves a small area in southwest Burnside Township.[8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 54.1 square miles (140.1 km²), of which, 54.1 square miles (140.1 km²) of it is land and 0.02% is water.

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