Felch Township, Michigan

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Felch Township is a civil township of Dickinson County in the U.S. state of Michigan, named in honor of Alpheus Felch. The population was 726 at the 2000 census.

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Communities

There are no incorporated municipalities in the township.

  • Felch is an unincorporated community on M-69 at 45°59′50″N 87°49′33″W / 45.99722°N 87.82583°W / 45.99722; -87.82583.[3] Felch was a station on a branch of the Chicago and North Western Railway. A post office has been in operation there since 1906. [4]
  • Metropolitan was a thriving village established just after 1880 to exploit the iron ore in the nearby Metropolitan Mine. Metropolitan was about one mile west of Felch[5] and was the last station on a branch of the Chicago and North Western Railway coming west from Escanaba. The village was platted by the Metropolitan Mining Company in 1881. A post office was in operation there from 1881 until 1963.[4] The present Zion Lutheran Church of Metropolitan sits almost exactly on the site of the old village, which is now nothing but a string of farms along the country roads. Metropolitan was sometimes referred to as Milltown and Farmertown.
  • Theodore is an unincorporated community on M-69 about half a mile northwest of Felch at 46°00′05″N 87°50′07″W / 46.00139°N 87.83528°W / 46.00139; -87.83528.[6] It was platted for the Lake Superior Ship Canal, Railway & Iron Company in 1881 by J.A. Van Clive. [4]
  • Felch Mountain is an unincorporated community on M-69 about half a mile northwest of Felch. It is immediately adjacent to, and east of, Theodore.[7] Both Theodore and Felch Mountain are located on a steep hill north of M-69, while Felch and Metropolitan are located in the lower land south of M-69.

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