Dover Township, Otsego County, Michigan

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Dover Township is a civil township of Otsego County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 614 at the 2000 census.



  • Sparr is an unincorporated community in the southern part of the township at 45°02′29″N 84°34′21″W / 45.04139°N 84.5725°W / 45.04139; -84.5725 (Sparr) on F-44 approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Gaylord.[3] It was a station on the Boyne City, Gaylord and Alpena Railroad. It was named for Philip Sparr, who settled here in 1873. A post office operated from May 5, 1915 until February 15, 1932.[4] [5] The Sparr mall is the past home of Smokey and Pokey the bears. Every year, there is a large pig roast held in Sparr. This local attraction lasts the whole weekend and draws in campers from all over northern Michigan.
  • The city of Gaylord is to the west-southwest, and the Gaylord post office with ZIP code 49735 also serves most of Dover Township.[6]
  • The community of Johannesburg is to the southeast, and the Johannesburg post office with ZIP code 49751 also serves a small portion of southeast Dover Township.[7]
  • The village of Vanderbilt is to the northwest, and the Vanderbilt post office with ZIP code 49795 also serves a small area in northern dover Township.[8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.3 square miles (91.3 km²), of which, 35.2 square miles (91.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.11%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 614 people, 214 households, and 163 families residing in the township. The population density was 17.4 per square mile (6.7/km²). There were 368 housing units at an average density of 10.5/sq mi (4.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.53% White, 0.49% Native American, 0.33% Asian, and 0.65% from two or more races.

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