Caro, Michigan

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Caro is a city in and the county seat of Tuscola County, Michigan, United States.[3] The population was 4,145 at the 2000 census, at which time it was a village. The 2009 census estimate places the population at 3,954.[4]

Caro is located northeast of Flint and east of Saginaw in Michigan's Thumb region. It is the largest community in the Thumb, both by population and by area; it is an industrial and commercial center for the region as well.

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History

The first white settler in what is now the city of Caro was Samuel P. Sherman, who purchased 63 acres (250,000 m2) in the north half of the northwest quarter of section 3 in Indianfields Township on September 8, 1852. Prior to this, only two land sales had been recorded, both for lumbering or speculative purposes. His son, William E. Sherman, had worked in the lumber industry nearby on the Cass River for some time prior to 1852 and William's favorable report persuaded his father to visit in 1851 and afterwards purchased several tracts of land in addition to his initial purchase.

In the 1856-57 session of the Michigan Legislature, a road was authorized construction of a road from Bridgeport in Saginaw County northeast to Forestville in Sanilac County, with a route that would pass through what is now Caro. Once the road was cleared, commercial interests began to locate here. Melvin Gibbs, who had been keeping a hotel in an old log house, in 1858 put up a new frame building, known as the Gibbs House. In 1859, William E. Sherman built another hotel, which he named the Centerville House, based on the location being near the center of the county. The name Centerville became associated with the developing community.

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